Bass Traps – Say No To Low Frequency Buildup
Bass traps are important for getting a clear representation of audio material. They are commonly made of porous materials and positioned in certain ways, mostly in the corners of the room. You will be able to take steps and educate yourself so that you can make a great decision on what bass traps are and how they can work for your listening environment.
When you have a listening room or control room that you either use for mixing or monitoring music, or perhaps you have an entertainment room, the frequency spectrum is exaggerated toward the low end. Standing waves are a real problem with bass frequencies, say below 150hz, if you look at the frequency response of a room that does not employ bass trapping material, you will notice quite a boost in the low end frequency response.
Bass Traps – Construction Materials
Acoustic bass traps are usually made of porous materials to absorb the low frequencies of a room. Many constructions are made with a rigid solid wood frame with soundproofing insulation or some type of wadding inside that will actually absorb the low frequencies in the room, giving you a flat frequency response to clearly represent the audio material that you are listening too. If you are making a bass trap as a bass trap diy project, you can start off by using any common 2″ foam or insulation. The good thing about using these insulation that are pre cut is that you can stack them up to your desired height.
Bass Traps – Locations
Bass traps are generally placed in the corners of the room. This is because the bass frequencies, or lower frequencies on the frequency spectrum like to gang up and build up in those areas. So when those frequencies build up like a bubble, it overloads and pushes all those lower frequencies into the room further masking the other frequencies. This is called masking. This is the exact problem we are trying to avoid. Some bass traps are disguised as everyday useful furniture products that would be found in any home studio such as chairs, tables or end tables.
As you can see, using bass traps will greatly improve the ability for you to hear your audio clearly and represent what you want to hear. Any studio weather its home studio or a professional recording studio needs to employ soundproofing and definitely bass traps in the overall soundproofing scheme.