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What happens outside of the room falls into the category of SOUNDPROOFING, requiring much more complex solutions than acoustic panels can offer. But what happens INSIDE the room is a different matter and for that, Snelling Acoustics can definitely help. (See the “Dormer” and “Mondo Door Blocker” panels for stop-gap treatment of sound isolation issues.)
When selecting Snelling Acoustics panels, consider the following:
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What CORE is best for your application? Are you looking to absorb a broad range of mid and high frequencies? In that case, OC703 is the more effective option. A 2" thickness is a good starter - as featured in the "Stealth" and "Stealth Plus" models. 4" of OC703 will provide similar hi to mid absorption, with a bit more low end absorption - around 125hz. If you are aiming to tame BASS frequencies below the 100-125Hz range, then 4" thickness, mounted 4-6" away from the wall (with an air gap behind the panel) works better. Better still is to mount the same panel diagonally in the corner - preferably floor to ceiling - as bass tends to "congregate" in corners. And for even more low end absorption - on the order of -20db in the 40-60HZ range - then using a facing on the room-side surface of a 4" panel is one very effective application. The surface membrane - bonded to the absorber - acts in concert with the fiberglass to increase the dampening of low end frequencies. This is the design of the "BassMaster" bass traps, intended for mounting diagonally across corners, either vertically between floor and ceiling, or horizontally at the ceiling-wall junctions.
Cost vs. Performance
At depths of 4", OC703 and 705 are so close in performance that for bass absorption, it is more cost-efficient to use the lower priced OC703 and aim for greater surface coverage. For this reason, Snelling Acoustics absorbers are primarily designed around OC703, with or without a bonded surface facing, depending on application.
WALL PANELS are generally best used for mid-range and high frequencies.
CEILING, CORNER PANELS, and “Super Chunk” style units do a better job handling BASS frequencies. Flat panels can work to absorb lower frequencies when spanning corners, or when extended at least 4" from the wall.
These are the areas where the sound waves from your primary speakers first collide with the wall or ceiling, then reflect to continue the path to your ears at the listening position. It is very important to mitigate the competition between the reflected signal and the original signal coming directly from the speakers. For this purpose, it is recommended to hang 2" or 4" UNFACED panels in the center of the first reflection zones. (The sympathetic membrane used in bass traps will reflect some of the mid-hi frequencies we wish to tame at these points.) OC703 works well in this role, absorbing more mid-hi frequencies than 705, and for added cost savings, 2" panels do a great job here, allotting more of your budget to corner or corner-ceiling traps.
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All Snelling Acoustics panels, bass traps, and custom pieces are made with wood frames—screwed and glued—receiving a light sanding for a safe, smooth finish. For panels intended to be mounted and left in place, no more finish than that is required. Free-Standing Gobo panels have stained and sealed frames to stand up to the extra wear, and provide a more attractive appearance for the exposed panel back. Edges and corners are clean and sharp.
My favorite covering is the very durable Guilford of Maine Fire Retardant (FR701) acoustically transparent fabric. It's tough, easy to clean (or lightly vacuum with a brush attachment), and is available in a wide variety of colors. For tighter budgets, black speaker cloth is a cost-effective option. (Or maybe you just like the black satiny sheen!) Made from 100% polyester, this speaker fabric performs nearly identically to the FR701, and is best suited for permanent, out of the way positions (ceilings, protected corners) rather than high traffic areas or mobile applications. Another option is a plain jute burlap covering. Burlap is still acoustically transparent, but less expensive and without the “bling” of Guilford of Maine fabrics, but it has its own Haight-Ashbury or rustic vibe.
Snelling Acoustics panels are "open" in the back, or wall side. This is a deliberate design feature to maximize the free flow of the wave as it passes through the absorber and back again as it bounces off the wall. Because of the intentional air gap between the wall and the panel core, it is not practical to leave the back completely exposed. Therefore, the fiberglass cores in all our wall panels are contained with either a fine 100% PVC coated fiberglass mesh screen or 100% cotton muslin. The muslin backing is more rugged than the mesh, providing greater containment of the fibers, with only a very slightly increased acoustic opacity.
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The acoustics of absorber-type panels indicates that leaving an air gap between the wall and the absorber increases the effectiveness of the panel. To facilitate this phenomenon, The Extender Panel has an adjustable feature on the back, allowing the panel to be positioned at either the 6" distance, or nearly flat against the wall. (Snelling Acoustics panels have a one-and-a-half inch rear air gap by default.)
Broadband absorbing panels are a cost-effect way to achieve significant reduction in problem acoustics. For those of us operating on less extravagant budgets, we want to maximize the use of our investments. Along these lines, I've created the Gobo Stand, a set of simple, sturdy and attractive foot stand for the 2" wall panels, allowing the panel to double as a free-standing gobo. These are ideal for studio apartments actually functioning as studios!
In home entertainment areas—particularly in more modestly scaled cribs— use the Gobo Stands to pull the panel closer to your favorite listening chair. Then just return it to the wall when done.
Another handy application is to take the panels on the gig with you. Positioned behind your rig, or spaced in an arc behind the band or ensemble, a set of attractive acoustic panels provide not only a tidy stage setting, but dramatically improves the "tightness" of the live mix. This is especially helpful when recording on location. It's like bringing a portable studio environment to the show! Once you've got your tracks, just return the panels to the wall in your home studio and you're ready to mix in an acoustically reliable environment.
OTHER PRACTICAL USES
Maybe you need to dampen the echoes in that long hallway at home, or in your dining room so you can hear the conversation. A set of thinner panels with 1" OC 703 and an attractive fabric—like Guilford of Maine FR701 (I like the Eggshell color)—mounted on a flatter profile frame would be a great option. You might want to exercise your creativity with a combination of shapes and sizes. Rectangles and squares ranging from 12" to 48" are available in a wide variety of colors for sound absorption with flair!
Cafes, restaurants and pubs can be clangorous environments without some acoustic treatment. The “Flatlander” panels excel at mellowing out noisy rooms, and are available in different sizes and colors. Your diners will better hear each other, and all will benefit from less “noise fatigue.” Coffee houses will tame those clanging cups and improve the coziness with a set of the playful and effective “Coffee Bean Bag” panels.
Below are prices for some of my most popular items. When looking to treat your space, consider that for critical listening spaces (audio mixing, audiophile setups) recommended coverage for best results using absorbers ranges from 25-40% of the total surface area (walls, floor and ceiling). However, when placed most effectively, even 10-15% coverage can make a RADICAL improvement to your listening environment.
2'x4'x2" (3.5" total depth)
With OC703, black speaker fabric, unfinished frame, and a super transparent mesh backing, the Black Stealth Panel is intended for a stationary installation. Great broadband absorption at an attractive price. Add $22 for Guilford of Maine fabric—check our swatches for in-stock and available colors.
Start with the basic "Stealth" core, frame, and backing, then add Guilford of Maine Fabric for more style and durability.
Reg. $175 Clearance: $150
2'x4'x2" (3.5" total depth)
Start with the Stealth-Plus. Add a wood-stained frame and muslin backing to support relocation, and with the sturdy, handsome wood-stained feet the Transformer doubles as a stand-alone gobo to relocate in your space or take on the gig!
2'x4'x2" (3.5" total depth)
With the Extender feature you get an optional 6" air gap behind the panel. The total protrusion in the extended position is 8.5"! Guilford of Maine fabric covers 2" of OC703. It takes only a few seconds to return the panel to its default resting position with a simple adjustment. Turn it into a Transformer-plus with a set of footer stands (add $50). CONTACT for Extender with other models or fill types. (Depth/density)
2'x4'x1" (1.75" total depth)
With a flatter profile than the "Stealth" the "Flatlander Panel" protrudes only 1.75" from the wall. Guilford of Maine fabric covers a 1" sheet of OC703, mounted on a simple frame, backed with the super transparent screen mesh. The low profile and Guilford of Maine fabrics provide stylish and effective acoustic treatments for meeting rooms, office workspaces, living rooms, hallways, and reverberant spaces of all sizes.
1'x4'x1" (1.75" total depth)
A skinny version of the "Flatland Panel," this narrow model plays well with others in creative arrays, and works great in tighter spaces. Total protrusion into the space, with the 1" core and low-profile frame, is only 1.75"!
12"x48"x2" (3.5" total depth)
With OC703, black speaker fabric, unfinished frame. Best used as stationary installation. Great broadband absorption for narrower spaces, or used in a creative array with other sizes/colors/shapes. Add $20 for Guilford of Maine fabric.
24"x72"x2" (2.75" total depth)
Inspired by the need to attenuate the rage streaming from our enthusiastic gaming housemate (it's a fun energy, for sure, but there's the whole peace-and-quiet thing), this panel is designed with more sound isolation in mind. Guilford of Maine fabric on a core of OC705 w/ 6' frame covers most of a standard household door. At twice the density of OC703, the Dormer core quiets things down in an instant! Perfect for dorms, gamers, and teens' bedrooms!
Playful and entertaining, this decorative panel is a fully functional broadband absorber. The authentic recycled coffee bean bag is 100% jute, and is wrapped around a 2" layer of OC703. An under-layer of jute burlap acts to camouflage the natural imperfections of the repurposed fabric. Perfect for kitchens, dens, game rooms, accent areas in your studio or hospitality areas, and —SURPRISE—coffee shops! Discounts available for bulk orders.
24"x36"x2" (3.5" total depth)
Earthy and minimalist, this jute burlap covered absorber is all business when it comes to broadband absorption. It quiets the din of a conversation area, or tightens up "that one area" that requires a smaller scale. 2" OC703 core with the standard 1.5" air gap in back. ALSO AVAILABLE in FLATLANDER PROFILE (2.75" total depth).
24"x36"x1" (1.75" total depth)
This low profile version of the "Haight" has a 1" OC703 core and the wall-hugging flat frame of the "Flatlander" series. Perfect for public spaces or tighter quarters needing some general flutter and echo control.
Accommodates all 2" panels. CLEARANCE items only, sold with Stealth Panel: $150.
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