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Forget Cheap Studio Foam; Let Audimute Show You Better Options for Cheap Sound Absorption

Controlled sound is the key to a great performance. And the wide availability of cheap studio soundproofing products means that anyone recording or practicing in his or her own space can effectively control sound. The good news for budget-minded artists is that cheap sound absorption materials can perform as well as the most expensive—providing quality sound absorption that makes the professional difference—as long as you buy the right ones.


Why Absorb Sound?
Sound absorption materials, like cheap sound proof foam, are used to make a room sound better and to keep sound from escaping. When sound is generated in a room, sound waves move from the source—the instrument or the vocalist—and travel away. Sound travels fast, and the sound waves reach the edge of the room very quickly. If a wave finds a hard, non-absorptive surface there, the wave will bounce back into the room. This uncontrolled bouncing of sound waves creates echo, reverberation, flutter, and other acoustic effects that interfere with clean sound. If the wave finds a thin wall or an air gap, it may not bounce at all, but rather travel out of the room unchecked.



Sound absorption materials stop high and mid frequencies in their tracks, making it tough for them to bounce back into or escape from the room. Not all frequencies can be easily absorbed, but the ones that cause the most recording problems—the ones that muddy up your practice sound and give your neighbors a headache—are easily tamed through cheap sound absorption. 


Cheap Studio Soundproofing Without Using Cheap Studio Foam
If you’re outfitting your studio or practice space on a budget, you have probably looked into cheap studio soundproofing. At first glance, the only answer may seem to be cheap studio foam. Everyone has seen cheap sound proof foam in action—it is the unattractive gray stuff glued to studio walls. Foam works—mostly—but it has a number of drawbacks that you won’t find with Audimute absorption products.


First, cheap studio foam usually sacrifices performance for price. If it doesn’t effectively absorb sound, then cheap sound proof foam is no bargain. Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets and Deluxe Wall Coverings are the answer for cheap sound absorption with industry-leading performance. Compare the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of foam with that of Audimute’s acoustic products—independent tests prove that, inch for inch, Audimute’s acoustical products perform better than foam at the same or a lower cost.

Material

125 Hz

250 Hz

500 Hz

1K Hz

2K Hz

4K Hz

NRC

Audimute Panels - 2"

0.35

0.94

1.32

1.22

1.06

1.03

1.00

Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets - 1"

0.03

0.30

0.64

0.97

0.94

0.89

0.70

Auralex Studiofoam Wedges - 1 "

0.10 0.13 0.30 0.68 0.94 1.00 0.50
Auralex SonoSuede Panel - 1 " 0.14 0.51 0.78 0.89 0.8 0.78 0.75

Auralex Studiofoam Metro - 2"

0.13

0.23

0.68

0.93

0.91

0.89

0.70

Auralex Studiofoam Pyramids - 2"

0.13

0.18

0.57

0.96

1.03

0.98

0.70

Auralex Studiofoam Wedges - 2"

0.11

0.30

0.91

1.05

0.99

1.00

0.80

Sonex Classic Acoustical Foam – 2”

0.17

0.33

0.85

1.03

1.08

1.06

0.80

Auralex SonoSuede Panel - 2"

0.59

0.76

0.91

0.85

0.80

0.76

0.85

Soft Sound Foam Panel (Soundproof Foam) – 2”

0.32

0.75

1.2

1.1

0.9

0.63

0.99


 

Second, it’s foam, a chemical cocktail of toxic materials. Cheap sound proof foam does not age well, and over time it will discolor, harden, and turn to breathable dust. Some manufacturers use fiberglass instead of foam, which may be even worse due to the health hazards of airborne fiberglass particles. Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets and Deluxe Wall Coverings avoid all these issues and make cheap sound absorption environmentally friendly and safe. Audimute acoustic products are made of natural cotton and recycled paper, so every panel you use is great for your sound and the environment.  Order a sample kit today to see exactly what our eco-C-tex material looks and feel like both inside and outside an acoustic panel.


Third, when you go with cheap studio soundproofing, you’re literally stuck. Stuck to the wall, stuck to the ceiling, stuck to wherever the foam is installed, because it’s not going anywhere—and neither is your studio or practice space. Audimute sound absorption products are easy to install in any room and are equally easy to move. Need to practice or record somewhere else? Audimute’s products let you have great acoustics anywhere; just unclip, pack up, and go.


High-Performance, Cheap Sound Absorption Solutions from Audimute
Audimute knows that every situation is different. That’s why we offer our sound absorption solutions in a varie
ty of formats.  For simple applications, choose one of our ready-to-install kits.  If you need a custom installation, Audimute makes it easy—just calculate what you need, buy the right Sound Absorption Sheets (along with Quick Hanging Knobs or Megaclips to hang them), and you’re ready for installation. Go for an elegant solution with our Deluxe Acoustic Wall Coverings in two colors. If you need a professional opinion, Audimute experts are always available by phone or online chat to discuss your needs and find the perfect solution.