Choosing the Optimal Acoustic Shape for Your Needs

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Who needs acoustic foam panels?

Content creators are everywhere. With our ever-increasing demand for new content and our extremely limited concentration span, content creators need to put out content as fast we consume it. However, any form of content is only as good as the sound quality it produces.

If there is background noise or any audio quality infraction, the content will likely not do as well as it would have if you avoided the audio blemish. While there is editing software available to help with noise reduction, amplify the correct sounds, and smooth out the listening experience, an experienced content creator will know that even before the editing process begins, the environment in which the original audio is recorded is paramount to the creation’s success.

The solution? Acoustic foam panels. These panels enhance the sound quality of digital creations by creating an ideal physical environment.

What Shape of Acoustic Foam Panels Will Work Best for You?

The dynamics of sound are fickle, and there are many elements that will determine which sound absorption foam panels will work best for your intended purpose. Here are a few examples of different shapes of foam that work for various purposes:

Flat or Bevelled - Smooth surface

Flat and Bevelled panels have a smooth foam surface, and is always going to offer the least amount of sound reduction from all the different shape options. The reason is that sound travels in waves and a smooth shape can only absorb one fluid frequency.

Therefore, smooth sound absorption foam is only useful for added sound reduction, such as an initial foam layer or muffling the sounds of the outside environment.

However, if your primary need is for conducting meetings, or it is not a necessity to have exceptionally high sound quality for your 9-5 operations, smooth acoustic foam panels are a better option.

Wedge

While the wedge looks the coolest, its function is best suited for smaller spaces. And although the wedge shape can absorb sound, the direction of the sound can challenge its absorption abilities.

Therefore, if you try to use it in a large space, it could offer uneven sound-absorption, depending on the direction from which the sound is coming, resulting in it not being the optimal acoustic solution.

Eggcrate (convolute) 

The egg crate (convolute) shape is a favourite of many professionals because of its versatility. The rounded “points” at the top of the egg crate shape offers a greater sound reduction experience.

Plus, the egg crate shape is one of the most cost-effective options, making it the favourite acoustic foam panels for gamers, Youtubers, streamers, and other DIY content creators. It also works great for out-of-home venues such as restaurants, theatres, and corporate boardrooms while still sticking to a budget.

Pyramid

The pyramid shape, while slightly more optimal than the wedge shape, can also have directional issues. The pyramid shape is best suited for installation in smaller spaces such as a small personal studio for Youtubers or streamers.

Fortunately, the issue posed by the pyramid shape can be offset by corner wedge blocks or base traps, however, even these additions don’t make it ideal for larger areas.

Strip

The strip shape offers better sound absorption properties than a smooth shape while offering a similar low-key design. If you are looking for a simple yet effective shape for your acoustic foam panels, the strip shape makes perfect sense.

Metro

The metro shape hosts a more complex design that absorbs sound better than the smooth foam shape. The differing heights of the foam within each acoustic foam panel serves to spread the sound energy into the room. This will cause the reflections to be scattered around the room, thus softening the wave fronts instead of offering full sound absorption. 

If you want to add more sound absorption to any of the smoother shapes, however, you can always add an acoustic cloth. Although, such cloths are not a necessity.

Mushroom

Another popular and effective low-key option is the mushroom acoustic foam shape. This shape is smooth but raised, so the sound is absorbed and redirects sound waves for better absorption. The mushroom shape is ideal for smaller areas that are devoid of many multi-directional frequencies. It is also aesthetically pleasing making it a great choice for anyone recording videos that will feature the sound absorption panels.

Ultimately, you will choose you acoustic sound panels based on your preference and project as there is no ‘best’ acoustic foam shape. Much like the uniqueness of each content creator, project, studio, or office space is different, it is best to know what to look for when buying sound reducing foam, as well as where is the best pace to install the panels within your space.

For more information, or to order your Hush Echo acoustic foam panels, contact us today! 


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