Without proper acoustic treatment…you have nothing.
You understand that now. So what’s next?
You still have to actually buy some. But the actual purchasing part presents a whole new host of questions that need answering.
- Which brand should you choose?
- Which models should you choose?
- And how much of each do you need?
To make matters in more complicated, acoustic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all type of purchase.
Your room is unique, so your acoustic treatment will have to be unique as well.
Where do you start?
Let’s go through each of these common questions one by one to learn the answers.
The 3 FAQ’s on Purchasing Acoustic Panels
1. Which is the best brand of acoustic panels?
Right now Auralex is far and away the clear front runner in the acoustic panel market.
They offer a wide range of products for very reasonable prices. Don’t waste your time looking at any other brands. Use Auralex products I guarantee you will be quite satisfied.
2. How much will it cost me?
Depending on how big your room is, how thoroughly you want to treat it, and which packages you choose, a complete acoustic treatment setup could run you anywhere from 500 to 5000 dollars.
For an average home recording studio on a budget? There’s no reason you should have to spend more than 1000 dollars on an awesome acoustic treatment setup.
3. What do I need to get started right now?
Don’t want to waste any more time comparison shopping? Here’s an idea:
Buy just the essentials for now, then gradually add more acoustic treatment later as you see fit.
That way you can get started recording ASAP.
And even if your original setup is not picture perfect, it will still be a thousand times better than recording with bare drywall.
If you can afford it, you could opt for the 4″ acoustic panels instead for better broadband absorption. But it’s not necessary.
4. Are there any ideal All-in-One solutions?
As a matter of fact, yes there are.
Auralex offers some awesome complete room packages such as the Auralex Roominator that would make an excellent fit for any normal sized room in your house.
So What’s Next?
So…is your new acoustic foam in the mail and on the way to your house? Great!
Hold on though, you’re not quite done yet. The next step is learning how to put them up.