Acoustic Panels

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Acoustic Panels

I recently decided to upgrade my home studio by adding acoustic panels to the walls.
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JoeActor Studio Panels
The idea of putting in a booth seemed to be a bit much for my space, and from the recommendation of another VO Pro, I took a look at the AudiMute line of products. They have a wide variety of panels, baffles and other sound-dampening materials. Different color options and even custom print pictures are also available for an additional fee.

First, I wanted to take a look at the actual panel. AudiMute has a couple sample packs, and each comes with a coupon towards future purchase. I chose the Deluxe $35 sample pack, and it came with a $35 off coupon.

The panels themselves are well built, and use recycled materials in their construction. They’re also fire rated. And they come with a wall mounting clip that makes installation a breeze.

My room is about 10 ft by 12 ft, with one door, one window, and two large mirrored closet doors.

The final solution I chose was the “Starter Room Kit” which comes with 6 2’x2’x2″ panels and 6 1’x2’x2″ panels. You can also select a color option for the whole kit. I also purchased 2 bass traps for the upper room corners. They are their “Standard Acoustic Panels” 2’x2’x4″ and require a special corner mount for installation.

Once installed, it made a definite difference in echo/slapback in the room. For the window, I have heavy velvet curtains. On the door, I put one of the large panels, fastened with their Velcro Panel Security Clips. And for the mirrored closet doors, I just moved a home-made gobo in front of them.

Works like a charm!

What’s on your studio walls?

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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9 thoughts on “Acoustic Panels

  1. Great work, Joe! I love seeing colleagues taking the time to improve their room acoustics. A $1000 mic is nothing without a decent space to work in. And, as a radio man myself, I much prefer working in the room rather than having to dive in and out of a booth in the corner.

    My own acoustic solution is a mixture of acoustic foam (brought with me from my old room in London) and some home brew panels made from Roxul Safe’n’Sound in a wooden frame, with burlap on the outside. You can see the results on my website.

    • I’d looked at foam too, but didn’t want to mess up my walls. The Roxul is popular too – thanks for highlighting some other great options!

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  3. Great work Joe! I agree with Mike’s comment about working in a room rather than a booth. I’m currently having a new studio built which is larger than my current one so I’ll need some additional sound absorption.I hadn’t heard of Audimute before so I’ll have to look into them.

    I used Auralex studio foam (which performs great) in my current studio. I opted to use T-pins vs. glue so it wouldn’t mess up the walls as much. You can see more about my experience here http://mccoyproductions.net/auralex-studiofoam-for-voice-over-talent/

  4. hi joe — great job — looks cool too! for those looking into it — i made my panels from 1″x3″ pine frames filled with recycled denim & covered with a very breathable material (the cheapest sheets wal-mart had) — did my whole room + a 4’x4′ cloud for less than $300.

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