Acoustics In A Box™ Systems for Recording Studios

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Ideally, your recording studio should have no sound reflection at all, so that what you record is just the full, rich, pure sound eminating from whatever sound source you are using, whether from live performers or recorded sources. Acoustics In A Box™ sound absorber panels are literally the best components you can buy for user level installation, for both surface sound absorption and as bass traps at corners. As a bonus, the panels are considered by many to be more attractive than ordinary foam components, as well as being less expensive.

The Acoustics In A Box™ system is quite simple to use, by design. The black hole mounts are attached to the wall or ceiling using drywall screws or adhesive, and the panels then install onto tabs on the mounts. For your studio, a combination of side sloping panels mounted at each wall to wall corner and a series of down sloping panels installed near the ceiling, and 4-12 inches apart where possible, working around doors and other obstacles, should give you adequate sound absorption for even the most demanding home recording studio requirements. To get any detectably better sound performance, you will need to add another zero onto the total cost of outfitting your room with acoustic treatments.

In most rooms you will find natural limits to the number of panels you can install due to conflicts with doors, windows, artworks and other decorations and furniture. Accordingly, the most effective way to begin is to examine your room and identify the number of places you have where the 2' x 4' panels can be installed. The panels should be mounted so that the bottom of the panels are at about 6-7 feet above the floor, or if the room is not tall enough to accommodate this position, then mount the panels about 6 inches down from the ceiling. If you need more panels than you have room for, you can substitute horizontal mount panels which you may be able to install above doorways or windows, and you may also be able to install some additional panels on the ceiling.

If after considering these general principles, you simply do not have enough spaces where you can install panels, you will get better results by choosing the 2" thick panels instead of the 1" standard panels. The 2" panels are about 25% more effective in absorbing sound across the audible spectrum, at about 25% greater cost, so they offer a significant improvement potential for those with limited wall or ceiling space to work with. The 2" thick panels are also highly recommended if you have a lot of boominess to contend with as they offer greater bass frequency sound absorption.

See some small room configurations to help visualize a typical Acoustics In A Box™ installation. For your room, the configuration may be drastically different, but these sketches should help.

Creating a Sound Booth Using Acoustics In A Box™ Stage to Studio Multi-Purpose Acoustics Kit Components

In addition to (or in place of) treating the entire room you want to use as a recording studio, Stage to Studio components can be used to create partial or complete sound booth enclosures quite inexpensively. Stage to Studio components include a choice of three different 1 inch thick folding sound absorber panels (4'x4', 4'x2', and 4'x32") and four different 1/4" thick folding plexiglass panels (4'x4', 4'x2', 4'x32", and 4'x16".) To assemble a booth, you can stack interlocking absorber and plexiglass panels to make the booth the size, height, and configuration you want, up to and including a fully enclosed booth. The panels simply interlock vertically and overlap a couple of inches horizontally where they come together, so setup and take-down takes mere seconds, and requires no tools or fasteners, letting you easily transport your micro studio and use it wherever you need it.

Using the plexiglass panels as sound reflectors and the absorber panels, either together or separately, only your personal creativity limits your ability to create the special sound you need and want.

To order, please choose the components you need here, then send us an email: or give us a call to place your order: 1-918-478-5500

Or, if you have more questions or need suggestions, please provide us with the following information and we will respond with a recommendation and a quote:

  • Room purpose (vocal presentation, music presentation, group meetings, other (please specify))
  • Description of the acoustic problem you are trying to remedy.
  • Room dimensions (length, width, ceiling height)
  • Ceiling type (hard surface, acoustic tile, cathedral)
  • Seating capacity of the room

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