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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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How I built my bass traps

I posted this over at studio-central but since I been spending alot of time over here I thought the jemsite community could benefit from this..

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Here is how I built my Bass Traps

The company that I work for moved buildings and were throwing out their cubicle partitions (3 floors worth)..I opened one up and it was OC703.. I felt like I won the lottery...



This is just one truck load.. I loaded up for almost 2 weeks and there was still some left over


Another angle


With the metal frame.. which I had to remove (Hammer)





Exposed OC 703.. Had to cut alot of fiberglass with an exacta blade.. Itchy stuff. I used a dust mask and a long sleeve shirt and pants (no shorts!!!) .. Did I mention that that stuff is itchy....

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wood from Home Depot.. They cut it to my specs for 81 cents a cut (this was before I had my tablesaw)



Approx 6 inches deep.. to be filled with 4 inches of OC 703 and then 2 inch gap to space it off the wall



Dry wall screws..





Screws in place



Frame


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Frame is done



Frames are done.. Sizes (6X2, and 5X2.5)



It's wrapping time.. (Burlap, got this for free too)



Measure and cut fabric & Fill with OC 703



Just to make sure I still have my precious "air-gap"



L bracket to secure panel


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"Like a glove"....



Corner Cut..



Fold in.. then wrap



Tuck fabric in with flathead screwdriver



Staple



Trim Top & Bottom Edges

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Febreeeze those Mutha's !!!!!!!!!! And bake in the beautiful San Diego Sunshine!!! 75 degrees in February....



All done..........



Here is a shot of the front of the room



Right Wall



Left Wall



Back Wall (closet removed sliding door)

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Re: How I built my bass traps

Are you using shure SRH440? how are they?
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Are you using shure SRH440? how are they?

Nope.. I have 4 pairs of the Yamaha RH3C headphones. Mainly used when tracking vocals or acoustic guitars in the control room..

They are pretty good IMO..
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Re: How I built my bass traps

Why didnt you just use the cubicle partitions? Seems like they would have worked fine Saved you some fiberglass issues! ( I feel your pain! I promise!)
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Why didnt you just use the cubicle partitions?
uhhh.. well I kinda of did... I just removed the metal frames. Then I removed the fiberglass panels inside and resized them to a size where I could hang them in my studio. Symetry is important when dealing with acoustics. I had to make sure that I treat the opposing walls simillarly.

The frames also made the partitions very heavy. With the wood frames I can hang the bass traps with picture wire and a "ooks"...

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Saved you some fiberglass issues! ( I feel your pain! I promise!)
Not sure what you mean by this ^
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Re: How I built my bass traps

Nice job on the traps - and very nice home studio set up too. Is the a 'Distressor' I see there? What did you do with the rest of the fibreglass?

-Wolfram
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Nice job on the traps - and very nice home studio set up too. Is the a 'Distressor' I see there? What did you do with the rest of the fibreglass?

-Wolfram
I hooked up couple of my friends with the reamining panels then sold the rest locally for cheap...

Yes.. I love me distressor... Very versatile.... I love it for vox when mixing and bass while tracking...

Here is a better shot of the rack... The studio shots in this thread are a bit outdated... I since picked up an analog console and had to shift things around in the room..

Here is a tighter shot of the rack(s) which I built as well




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uhhh.. well I kinda of did... I just removed the metal frames. Then I removed the fiberglass panels inside and resized them to a size where I could hang them in my studio. Symetry is important when dealing with acoustics. I had to make sure that I treat the opposing walls simillarly.

The frames also made the partitions very heavy. With the wood frames I can hang the bass traps with picture wire and a "ooks"...



Not sure what you mean by this ^
I had to work with fiberglass from time to time when I was in the navy. The stuff we used in the reactor plant was god awful, and you were itchy for days. That uniform you wore that day was also ruined forever lol. Washing all you want, you aint getting those tiny fibers out for weeks haha.
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Very nice set up and some very nice outboard effects. Love the pics too. I will have to get my finger out and put some pics of my setup on the site as well. I so WANT a Distressor, just have to save a bit more......

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