Bass trap. What is it and how will it work? Bass traps are called acoustic energy absorbers. They are designed to damp low-frequency energy to achieve a flatter low-frequency response. For beginners, bass traps may sound different and things that are not really essential in a recording room. If you want to build or you already have a recording studio at home and you think like this, think again.
The number one issue you have to deal with when it comes to the home recording studio is the low end. This is why you need the bass traps to win the fight. Bass traps are responsible for taking care of low-frequencies and making home studio better by leaving great sound. These bass traps are very much essential to provide a critical listening environment. If you want to be serious about your home recordings, treat and tune your studio room. You can do that by placing relevant bass traps.
If your problem is money, don’t worry. You can make your own bass traps to save money. You can make your own design and choose your own materials. If it’s still hard for you to make DIY bass traps for your home studio, consider the following steps but before that set these materials first:
- wood for framing
- strips for the front frame
- To create the strips, use a saw to cut some bits from a larger piece of wood
- Owens corning 703 rigid fiberglass or other absorbent materials
- Guilford of Maine 701 fabric or other movable fabric
- Fastening devices like wood glue, nails, and screws for hanging bass traps
- Miter saw to cut one by two’s sizes
- Table saw if you want to cut the strips in 3 quarter inch
- Staple gun and staples
Remember that the materials above are just samples. You are still free to choose materials based on your own preferences. To complete the making of DIY bass traps, here are the steps:
Create the back frame
You can do this by using 1 by 2 pieces of wood. Create the frame by the dimensions of bass trap you want. Don’t forget to secure the corners by putting screws or nails or even brackets. Always remember that this frame will provide structural integrity to the trap.
Put some posts on each side of the frame
This is for the purpose of holding the front frame tight. It will also hold the rigid in place as well. See the orientation of the post and see how they alternate so you can see for yourself how important these posts really are.
Make a barrier
The barrier should be between the rigid on the frame itself so that the rigid will not be exposed in the back of the trap. You can do this by putting a piece of fabric between the frame and the rigid fiberglass. Never put the fabric on the back side of the frame.
Place the rigid
Once the fabric was in place put rigid on the frame. Don’t forget to trim out sections for the posts. When the rigid fiberglass is on the back frame, it’s the time to create a frame for the front side.
Create the front frame
The strips will make the front frame possible. The alternating posts will make the front frame totally secured. Fasten the strips with glue and nail. Here, you are done building the bass traps.
Cover the traps
Now that you have the traps the next step is to finish them with covers. Before covering, make sure to sand the corners to prevent the fabric from ripping when you stretch the fabric over the frame. Lay the fabric on a clean surface, put the bass trap on the corner and staple the sides. Don’t forget to trim the excess fabric
Before hanging them, make sure that the angle brackets are sturdy enough with the right distance so you can mount the traps with space between on the wall. When it comes to the ceiling, you can use hooks.
For super chunk bass traps
Create brackets for the front panel to cover the trap itself.
If you don’t want to fill the entire corner with rigid, make two shelves for the top corners of the super chunk.
You can easily make the shelves with the use of plywood. Make 12 pieces for the bottom and 12 pieces for the top so the pieces are resting on the shelf.
These simple steps, budget-friendly materials will give you professional and extraordinary look you would never expect. The final product would truly please you for both acoustic and visual perspective.
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