How to Build Your Own Acoustic Panels

Sound Panels can be shockingly expensive to purchase and some “home remedies” like egg crates and moving blankets really don’t do much for cutting down errant sound waves when working in an open studio space or for a mixing room. Fortunately there is a moderate priced DIY method of cutting down room echoes and reverb:

Sound absorption panels trap acoustical energy (sound) and prevent it from reflecting off of the surfaces they cover. The panels are used to eliminate echoes and reflections that muddle or color amplified music and speech. These wall panels will also reduce reverberation levels in a room, which can sometimes provide ambient noise reduction.

Suitable applications for sound absorption panels include:

Reducing slap-back echo and reverberation in large halls, auditoriums, and contemporary churches

Reducing chatter, din, and noise in crowded gathering spaces, restaurants, or bars

Providing more accurate listening conditions in recording studios and control rooms

Note that sound absorption material is often called “soundproofing.” I believe that the term “soundproof” is usually misapplied, which will be discussed in another post. Sound absorption panels are NOT able to significantly reduce sound transmission through a wall between two adjacent spaces; they are intended to improve sound quality and reduce noise levels within the room that they are installed.

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