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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject: bass traps Reply with quote

Anybody here actually built bass traps? How long did it take?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooh, gonna get into room treatment ....... you're getting serious about this huh?

Everything I've read says that room treatment is about the biggest change you can make in a studio or listening environment.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had fiberglass in place for years, a nice balance of reflective and absorptive surfaces, but it's time to deal with the lower end of the room, cuz I'm recording bass amp now. Ethan Winer's about to make another disciple.

But it's the room as a mixing environment that's the bigger issue. I've spent the last six months recording, basically. And it's all gonna shift to mixing soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ethan Winer?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.realtraps.com/experts.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I'm a long time subscriber to Stereophile and they mention and use Real Traps all the time so I'm bettin' they're the real shit.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's what I did

they've worked splendidly! (IMH and Biased O)
http://www.recordingproject.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=30783&highlight=mini+bass+traps

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I saw that when you posted it the first time. Impressive. I'm gonna get a second opinion. It would be way easier than building bass traps, and way cheaper than buying bass traps.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if it's any easier, but much more "portable"- you can adjust the dimensions to fit the corners!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gee, maybe I've just saved myself a ton of trouble:

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As I see it, the best way to treat a small room - say, less than 15 by 20 feet - is to use broadband absorption such as rigid fiberglass panels in all the corners, including the ceiling corners. This is usually enough to make a very big improvement. But if more trapping is still desired you can then put wood panel traps on the walls alternating the low-bass and high-bass types. For very small rooms, smaller than 10 by 16 feet, you'll do fine using rigid fiberglass only.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:09 am    Post subject: Re: bass traps Reply with quote

dobro wrote:
Anybody here actually built bass traps? How long did it take?


I built 6 broad band absorbers back in November using rigid fiber glass.
Each one is 2ft x 4 ft x 4in thick.
I bought some 1 x 4 furring strips and used 3in drywall screws to make a simple frame.
I stretched old bed sheets over the frames and used an electric stapler to affix the cloth to the wood.
The first one took about 30 minutes; the last one took about 15 minutes to build.
Two of them I hung on walls, one I set in a corner at the long end of the room, one is behind my desk and the other two flank my chair.
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