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Old 09-09-2019, 04:18 PM
JimmySticks JimmySticks is offline
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Default Acoustic Wall Tiles

So I play my kit in the corner of my basement, like so many of us. Both walls behind my throne are sheetrock. I was thinking of throwing up some acoustic tiles to soften up the sound. Not the whole wall, but in a pattern or design, with some separation between the tiles.

Would this soften up the sound abit and take some of the resonance from the drums, or would it be a waste of time?

I play on a carpet, but most of the rest of the basement is ceramic tile and nothing much else to soften up the acoustics.

Thoughts?
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:22 PM
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Default Re: Acoustic Wall Tiles

Back in the day, about a million years ago, we used egg cartons to attain the effect you want. Not too pretty but, they seemed to work.
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:16 PM
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Back in the day, about a million years ago, we used egg cartons to attain the effect you want. Not too pretty but, they seemed to work.
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Yeah, I can picture that! Lol

Nobody seemed to have much money BITD, so yeah, we used our imaginations and came up with a bunch of cool, but rather ugly, ideas! Egg cartons would definitely make the list.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:09 PM
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Default Re: Acoustic Wall Tiles

The foam will attenuate the higher frequencies but do nothing to control bass.

Not sure what your ultimate goal is...
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:21 PM
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Default Re: Acoustic Wall Tiles

If you don't want to use egg crates you can always do what we did with free cardboard purple apple trays from the local Piggly Wiggly (or IGA) . I don't know if they still use them or not. You may have to try a farmer's market.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:19 AM
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The foam will attenuate the higher frequencies but do nothing to control bass.

Not sure what your ultimate goal is...
Yes, the high frequencies is what I'm looking to soften-up, so I might try them.

As far as the egg carton idea, well, I'm a married man, and let's just say I'd likely come home one day and find my drums out on the street covered in egg cartons!

My drums are in the main area of the basement where our TV and sitting area is, so any acoustic tiles I use will have to look nice and tidy. I might even use red tiles to match the kit. We'll see.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:38 AM
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For a low cost and simple approach I would recommend putting the foam onto a thin board (4x8 sheet) and then securing them to the wall with about a 1/2" - 1" air gap between them and the wall. Cover the entire sheet with the acoustic foam. The air gap will also help to deaden the sound and not make a mess on the wall by just adhering the acoustic foam to it and it is easy to take down in the future. The plexi-glass panels sold by GC and others can help to lower some of the projection of sound however sound waves tend to bounce and it may not be optimal. For the bass drum dampening, you can also make a 3' x 3' panel with foam on the front (facing the BD). Like with the wall, an air gap really helps to deaden the sound so 2-panels would work well with the gap between. We do this a lot in industry to reduce machinery noise in the workplace (Safety Professional here)
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