How to Make High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $5

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    In this video I explore the possibility of making DIY sound absorption panels on a budget, later comparing them to much more expensive acoustic foam. The results are pretty amazing!
    There have been many comments pointing out that my test only measures transmission and not reflection, so is essentially unsuitable for my initial testing goal. While this is partly true, testing reflection is pretty difficult to do in a home environment, and the only way to do it that I can think of would be to spend a long time in the middle of a field with a powerful speaker and mic rig, which is really beyond the scope of what I was prepared to do for the video.
    My tests are not rendered pointless however - it would do no good to have only measured reflection, as the thinnest lightest material would have won (like foam), as nothing would have bounced back. Reflection and transmission need to be tested together to measure how much sound passes through, and how much sound is reflected back - this should give an indication of how much sound is absorbed by a given material.
    Regardless, only testing the transmission doesn't affect the outcome of the project at all, as any sound waves reflected by the panels themselves would have theoretically bounced off the wall anyway - again this is why reflection wasn't tested, as it doesn't matter so much for a panel setup (though would matter very much for a vocal booth).
    Open to hear any thoughts about it though! Keep up the great discussion. :)

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Wilderness Music
Wilderness Music

Very interesting, if I need panels the towels seem to be a good Idea. One very old trick used in recording studios is to use a tall bookcase full of different sized books, with the back wall being the most important then add you acoustic tiles to the sides, the front wall is really not important at all.

6 hours ago
spodevids
spodevids

yes but have you tried the yellow fiberglass board, you can purchase in panels? That's what a lot of studio designers use, not that foam stuff. Also the proper way to test would be to test energy reflected from the panel, it's attenuation of reflected energy that matters, not the materials ability to block transmission of sound. You would have to do a tone pulse and your microphone would need to be delayed to listen for the reflection at an expected time.

Day ago
Gulraiz Ali
Gulraiz Ali

If this is True... you have solved my problem... Thank You

Day ago
Nancy L
Nancy L

Lower your headphones if you don't want to go deaf. Pitch too loud😭👎

Day ago
KrisRaps
KrisRaps

I have a lot of towels, i will make a studio from them lol

Day ago
Jason Zen
Jason Zen

that is super keep making this videos...thanx

Day ago
steven ramrodd
steven ramrodd

2000 years later

Day ago
David Paul Allen
David Paul Allen

excellent application and promotion of eco, person friendly thinking. thanks. please have a play with Dayton Audio sound exciters. let us know your thoughts. I am experimenting with picture frame thin speakers made from these , and bracing cheap plywood as its baffle. below 150 hz you need a woofer box to complete the freq range.

2 days ago
REN92106
REN92106

My neighbors will thank you

2 days ago
Ernesto Rodriguez
Ernesto Rodriguez

Itbis supposed to pass through and absorb it coming out.

3 days ago
Ivy Blake
Ivy Blake

Would this work on a basement ceiling trying to lessen sound coming from upstairs noise?

3 days ago
b8357
b8357

Nice and well-produced video! I am seeing many comments on the not quite correct test set-up ... In fact you test insulation not absorbing. However, I am sure that towels perform well in absorbing as well ... It is obvious that they dont reflect sound as they are soft and the wall behind has little to reflect either. Also cotton does not burn easily ...

5 days ago
Santhosh K
Santhosh K

eco way of doing things....can i use the same to replace my sound isolation pads for my moonitors(speakers)?

5 days ago
Kyle O'Connell
Kyle O'Connell

But how much do these weigh? How do I hang them? I don’t want to mess up the walls

6 days ago
Rakly3
Rakly3

Does the front layer (visible) have to be towel too? Or can you use other materials? If so, could it even be wood or wooden sheet? (given the back of the frame doesn't touch the wall. ie hanging it from the ceiling with nylon thread) OOH! And put some led strips / cold cathode on the back facing the wall.

6 days ago
Adam Spade
Adam Spade

I do appreciate the effort and I think you do a great job on your videos. In all honesty, the sound test was rubbish though. It could totally lead you the wrong way. Sound is difficult and interesting because it's so much tougher to deal with than anything visual. It's a great opportunity for DIY... BUT!!! It makes a great opportunity for mistakes too. :) Cheers, Adam

7 days ago
Will Bowles
Will Bowles

great vid!

7 days ago
OlympusHeavyCavalry
OlympusHeavyCavalry

Cotton drapes and heavy curtains have been used for years to deaden sound in the entertainment industries. This is a good practical idea for the home, cheers bud. :)

8 days ago
Sean Bradshaw
Sean Bradshaw

Or use a well designed beach towel for the face of your frame.

9 days ago
Romero Rigger
Romero Rigger

Thanks a lot Matt, from thousands to some bucks, holy cow

10 days ago
Oscar Fish
Oscar Fish

Nice diy but i'm wondering if that method work with noise that coming from outside throw the windows ?

10 days ago
J Almagro
J Almagro

you can try with glass, then check the attenuation is higher than towels, then think twice then and realise your method and conclusions rubbish

10 days ago
Jakethemase
Jakethemase

Where sunglasses when in front of camera, please.

10 days ago
Sound Speed!
Sound Speed!

Try out moving blankets! Even simpler, and more effective.

10 days ago
eXo
eXo

Never put plants top of speakers :D

10 days ago
ColtraneTaylor
ColtraneTaylor

Honest but naive question. Could you in theory use these at Abbey Road studios instead of whatever sound absorption they use? Is 'professional' insulation ultimately about image? Put another way 'is sound all about image?'

11 days ago
Pratyush Kakkar
Pratyush Kakkar

this is so so so great!!!!!!

11 days ago
daniel ordorica
daniel ordorica

what program did you use to test the sound?

11 days ago
Vasili
Vasili

I do like you but you do come across a bit of a faggy twat, no offence I reiterate I do like you .

12 days ago
GemuTabi
GemuTabi

Am i Late seeing this? well its better be late than never, i just looking a sound proof DIY project, because i dont have a budget and i saw this test. Thanks. 1 Question only hope you are not Busy. can a plywood absorb sounds too?

12 days ago
T C
T C

Fantastic video, I'd be intrigued to see how they perform against RW 45 panels. Semi rigid RW 45 has the perfect density and internal structure to achieve a great absorption coefficient. The bonus is that it costs about 1/10th the price of the professional panels which use a material with the same coefficient, you just go and buy them from a builder's merchant. I did this in my old home studio and achieved an rt60 of 0.5 seconds (very low) for less than 300 quid, I was quoted nearly 3000 for an equivalent professional installation. I appreciate your towel solution is even cheaper however I would suspect the towels would not perform as well on the lower frequencies, because when it comes to absorbing long wave lengths, you cant cheat physics, you simply need a greater volume (thicker panels) All that aside, I'm still impressed with your towel panels, great work.

12 days ago
vinohn
vinohn

0:50.... it's like a man's handy... DIY pussey

13 days ago
InnerCity Audio
InnerCity Audio

Towels and wood are more than 5$ tho

14 days ago
nivek lanied
nivek lanied

my left ear loved this video :)

14 days ago
Stratostrophy
Stratostrophy

If i scream, i'm more likely to do it into a pillow or towel like blanket, maybe even a towel depending on circumstance than I am some foam.

15 days ago
Brian J
Brian J

Flammable!!!!!!!!!

16 days ago
nadav zorman
nadav zorman

Have you tried rockwool as well?

17 days ago
GreenTheater
GreenTheater

You totally convinced me. Great video my friend!!

17 days ago
Chronister Gama
Chronister Gama

Try to make it with wood prix plans :)

17 days ago
kamikasear
kamikasear

People sugggestions; 1) play a wider range of sound. 2) test reflection not soundproof (passtrough) making a box, puting a speaker and a microphone inside and testing diferent materials for the walls of the box.

17 days ago
Kidd Ambition
Kidd Ambition

what we your dimensions?

17 days ago
Feckerhead
Feckerhead

Moving into a new place soon i will be tring out about 8 of these home made panels in a small room witch be my music room. Hoping for some decent results as my guitar amp gets pretty damn loud. 🤘

18 days ago
Anthony Aguilar
Anthony Aguilar

Thank you so much you just saved me so much money👍🏻👍🏻💯😁Truly appreciated👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

19 days ago
Wade Guidry
Wade Guidry

My towel is so annoying, it keeps asking me: "Do you want to get high?".

19 days ago
enriiik
enriiik

This video made you earn another subscriber!! Thanks a lot!!!

19 days ago
10p6
10p6

I bet a piece of canvas sprayed with the 'Ron Popeil's' GLH#9 hairspray would work awesome. lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GeF7A05zQ8

19 days ago
Another Virgo Asshole
Another Virgo Asshole

Don't forget to bring a towel!

19 days ago
pigtailsboy
pigtailsboy

Oh my you've gotten older over these later years.

19 days ago
pigtailsboy
pigtailsboy

If you're going to survive out there you really got to know where your towel is.

20 days ago
Terry C.
Terry C.

Well I've learned something new! Glad I found this, as I have been thinking of doing some sound dampening. Thanks! Liked.

20 days ago
Rasuine A
Rasuine A

Great panels, and very good video. But in defence of the professional grade audio foam - Foam isn't supposed to "block" sound, but rather "Absorb echos". If you made panels out of foam, they'd reduce echos in the room extremely well! However, if you held them up in front between you and a friend, you'd still be able to hold a normal conversation with each other.

20 days ago
Mohamed Gamal
Mohamed Gamal

Is this a good option for a small home theater?

21 day ago
Lord Dice X
Lord Dice X

How is this cheaper than acoustic foam? 😄

21 day ago
marmalade pie
marmalade pie

CAN I USE POLYSTER WOOLEN BLANKET, AND SOFT CARPET WITHOUT FINISHING RUBBER OR PLASTIC LININGS BENEATH FOR MY WALL? THANK YOU

22 days ago
Steven Hinkle
Steven Hinkle

Brilliant !! Thank you for this video !! You saved me tones of money !!

23 days ago
Brassfield Zendejas
Brassfield Zendejas

You can go to woodprix if you would like to make it yourself guys.

25 days ago
Christian Thurow
Christian Thurow

Amazing!!

26 days ago
Ian Leyland
Ian Leyland

I have a lot of canvas prints printed quite big, they already have a wooden frame with a hollow recess at the back. Could I fill the recess with towels and get the same result?

26 days ago
Red Letters
Red Letters

What is the towel measurments that u used on that panels??

27 days ago
lgmnow kondo
lgmnow kondo

I wish we could see the data in the bass frequencies...

28 days ago
No, you can't have your wasted watching time back
No, you can't have your wasted watching time back

Thank you!! Done any more research?

28 days ago
J Striker
J Striker

Sewing is a great skill b/c you can stitch a wound, Roadhouse Swayze style😃

28 days ago
Albert Wesker
Albert Wesker

I wonder if it'll work with noisy neighbours above my flat ??? If i would make a whole ceiling with that kind of panels would it block any noises coming from them e.g. TV noises ????

29 days ago
TheSillymansam
TheSillymansam

You're a towel

Month ago
jules brodeur
jules brodeur

Amazing

Month ago
Julian West
Julian West

How do you know that the materials that performed well weren't just reflecting the sound back at the speaker? Couldn't they just be better barriers than surface treatment?

Month ago
Jayden Lawson
Jayden Lawson

Nicest guy on YouTube

Month ago
Jadeesh cheruvathery
Jadeesh cheruvathery

good presentation

Month ago
JVONROCK
JVONROCK

T

Month ago
Ahren Gray
Ahren Gray

i just wanna watch for his voice .-.

Month ago
Rince wind
Rince wind

Ha! acoustic foam is crap!

Month ago
Thom Baum
Thom Baum

You saved my year? Thank you.

Month ago
Katelyn Brokaw
Katelyn Brokaw

Dear everyone, don't watch this with headphones on unless you're into ear rape

Month ago
Seggie Fault
Seggie Fault

Err. How is this not pointless. It would be an extremely specialised problem you were attempting to solve in a small room studio that would require the rolling off of the frequencies you are testing at. Do a video on Heavy Acoustic Panels and - no disrespect - ask someone who knows what they are talking about.

Month ago
risingsun49
risingsun49

Thanx i need low frequency sound panels. Ill try ths.

Month ago
Manuel Duque
Manuel Duque

Thanks a lot

Month ago
Reepa Media
Reepa Media

loved this, any tips as to where to put your panels?

Month ago
Blade Cutting Studio
Blade Cutting Studio

Can anyone explain to me why the towels were the best in absorbing sound? (referring to sound waves) Thanks.

Month ago
Rag Tag Misfits - Live Entertainment
Rag Tag Misfits - Live Entertainment

Brilliant. I've been looking for something like this. My vocal booth will have a new lease of life

Month ago
soizic de st john rosse
soizic de st john rosse

At last...an effective diy panel...the towel works best because of the piles...the material allows air (in this case sound energy) to pass through it, but the piles help to increase the friction converting sound energy to heat... A sheet or blanket has a smaller surface area in comparison to a towel of the same dimensions (obviously depends on the blanket) i know most will know this but some readers may not A very interesting vid...thanks

Month ago
Alani Keiser
Alani Keiser

Oh my! You have a lovely voice :)

Month ago
Kade Matyis
Kade Matyis

Your yard is amazing lmao

Month ago
Bowerman Winburn
Bowerman Winburn

Really enjoyed your video. Let's check Avasva plans also

Month ago
Bartek Nowakowski
Bartek Nowakowski

Original soundpanels reduces reflected sound, while you are testing the sound passing through. This is a huge difference. Imagine the solid wall for instance. It will almost block passing sound, but will reflect 100% of it. Your test is planned incorrectly and thus your surprising results.

Month ago
Canal Interfatos
Canal Interfatos

Incredible idea MAN!!!! Thank you!

Month ago
Brian Warner
Brian Warner

my new band is called Iron Towel….we were going to play at the Staple Center but our guitarist got framed.

Month ago
Perrotius
Perrotius

I'm going to be making a few of these in the upcoming week, I'm also purchasing a good amount of acoustic panels, these will be used outside out the booth however. Just a tip for anyone else going to do this, check with hotels and resorts, they typically outsource sheets and bedding but do towels in-house. they are ALWAYS throwing away bunches and the one nearby me was happy to accommodate my needs... at a price $5 US for a garbage bag of about 40 older towels, I'll purchase some pretty ones for the covers. I might also mention in the US you may have a hard time at charities as our health codes typically don't allow the donations of towels. At least to extent of my knowledge from working soup kitchen and emergency housing in Massachusetts. This could differ from state to state, but my advice - check the hotels! Thanks DIY Perks great vid, a controlled test of this would require a bit of work, however the content and tests are enough to show it's worth trying, thanks again!

Month ago
Beershake
Beershake

I think this is going to improve by a lot my DIY soundbooth for recording voiceovers.

Month ago
Alejandro Bolaños
Alejandro Bolaños

What was that

Month ago
Name Last Name
Name Last Name

reminds me, that my neighbors are from Albania

Month ago
Beverly Ann Osterberg-Dolan
Beverly Ann Osterberg-Dolan

I worked at a facility where fire alarms were frequently set off by a patient. If you are ever near a fire alarm on the wall and you determine for sure the alarm is false, hold a towel against the alarm It almost becomes silent.

Month ago
Mwenda Ikiara
Mwenda Ikiara

Enjoyed watching your video, thanks Matt!!

Month ago
El Goose
El Goose

Towelie would be proud.

Month ago
Ace Strife
Ace Strife

Ow my ears.

Month ago
Jose Quiñones
Jose Quiñones

I have a professional Whisper Room in my home studio (the real deal, not the home cooked variety), and the best solution I found for blocking air conditioning noise from the outside was a couple of air mattresses. Yes, just plain $10 air mattresses. Two are on the side facing the air conditioner, one at an oblique angle to baffle noise from reaching my door. On the other side, another one wedged between the booth and the interior room wall provides even more isolation from the cement apartment. On the inside, I block noise from the ventilation system with a layer of garage floor foam. Total cost: about $70. And the noise floor inside dropped from about -46dB to lower than -72dB. So low I don't even need to use the noise gate in my pre-amp anymore, which prevents those frustrating "chops" at the starts of words. I'm thinking of adding these panels to the wall in the room to kill noise even further. Brilliant video.

Month ago
José Luis Mazariegos Ballesteros
José Luis Mazariegos Ballesteros

I love you. ♥️

Month ago
MadDucks
MadDucks

MANLINESS ACHIEVED

Month ago
Craig Irving
Craig Irving

Could you put acoustic plasterboard on the front and still use the towels behind.. Would this work.

Month ago
MulcahyMichael
MulcahyMichael

What about doing something like this and then having one of those dollar foam boards in the back? Would this help with both reflection and absorption?

Month ago
Charles Bolanos
Charles Bolanos

Screw acoustic panels! I'm getting some towels!

Month ago

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