How to Make High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $5

  • Published on 2 years ago

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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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kashpc
kashpc

Good on ya mate

Day ago
Alex Ippolito
Alex Ippolito

Dude... Awesome. lol

3 days ago
Reiden Lightman
Reiden Lightman

Yet another DIY project that's supposed to save money but requires expensive power tools.

3 days ago
Davin Ezra Pradipta
Davin Ezra Pradipta

Nice DIY! Really helpful

3 days ago
HanJae Yoon
HanJae Yoon

do you think I can paint the towel?

3 days ago
joe selzer
joe selzer

what do u got for windows not letting sound from ut side to get the room to may kids play giving me a headache

4 days ago
nathan sheeran
nathan sheeran

how much foam is needed for bass frequencies ?

5 days ago
John Palmerton
John Palmerton

Awesome!!! Brilliant!!!

6 days ago
Rabbie Mayassi
Rabbie Mayassi

nice test

6 days ago
OCUBOX
OCUBOX

Or put a duvet over your head XD

7 days ago
Ben
Ben

My left ear is sad that its alone.......

8 days ago
Honest E
Honest E

It would be interesting to see if a different kind of towel would work better than another.

8 days ago
Bagus Prasetyo
Bagus Prasetyo

You have a beautiful garden.

8 days ago
AfricanFlightStar
AfricanFlightStar

What an excellent concept and just what I needed, so thrift towel shopping coming up! 👍🏼😄

10 days ago
Serendip
Serendip

How heavy is a towel panel? 5-6 lbs?

10 days ago
Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Dude if you sell these you’ll have as much money as you do views!

10 days ago
doopydoop
doopydoop

Is this proofing or just treatment?

10 days ago
Ez_Bee
Ez_Bee

would this work if you put towels behind a painted canvas?

11 days ago
Jasometer
Jasometer

awesome job, Sir--well done & thank you!

13 days ago
Ästuar Rex
Ästuar Rex

Nice! I will try it in the next days!

13 days ago
puretppc
puretppc

How does the performance of 1 layer of towel compare to the professional grade acoustic foam? You used like 3 layers here.

14 days ago
Sharkspartan
Sharkspartan

Amazing!

15 days ago
Sharrax
Sharrax

Great help! Can you also let us know how to cover window panels? And how much of this panel is required to cover a rectangular wide 3x2 feet window panel in a bedroom to treat acoustically ?

15 days ago
crazzylee
crazzylee

👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👍🏿👍🏿

16 days ago
Poul Thomsen
Poul Thomsen

Hi. I am afraid this is not how it works at all. Your test setup may have some use if you are soundproofing your walls as not to disturb your neighbours with your music. Do towels work or not? I do not know, it has to be tested in a completely different way! Try it!

16 days ago
thebunnyrules
thebunnyrules

Brilliant. Would making a room/booth out of these panels make it sound proof?

16 days ago
Fyre Hawk
Fyre Hawk

Make a towel out of lead. Really helps for low frequencies.

18 days ago
Simon Smith
Simon Smith

So, you have sound absorbing but not diffusion. So what you can do is make the frame out of plywood, and make the long sides wavy pattern, now its absorbing and diffusing reflective sound. Hanging multiple panels together hang one horizontally then vertically so on and so on. No you have it all. Or, you can just put acoustic foam, on the face of the panel, more expensive but easier and you get absorbing and diffusing from the same panel. It also helps if the room isnt square, if each flat surface is at a different angle. But that's another topic altogether

19 days ago
1.5 M views
1.5 M views

Ohh thanks bro my girlfriend screams very loud on bed at night now i could control her voice .

19 days ago
Mirya Makeup
Mirya Makeup

This is by far the most helpful, wonderful DIY aside from the lighting DIY's I have seen. I am very much looking forward to trying this and I have a feeling that this will be getting done in both my living room and bedroom regardless if I film in either area. I know these would be wonderful. Thank you VERY much for testing this theory and proving it!

19 days ago
Matthew Viviano
Matthew Viviano

Interesting. Have you tested OC703? That’s what is normally used for acoustic panels

20 days ago
Flywittz Audio
Flywittz Audio

Absolutely amazing

20 days ago
Andrey Indreies
Andrey Indreies

This guy is too smart

21 day ago
mrprenell
mrprenell

What type of lapel microphone are you using? The sound quality is excellent. I need to get one.

21 day ago
John Shin
John Shin

Wow now THIS is just mind-blowing! I am so glad that I found this video before almost buying myself one of those expensive acoustic panels!

22 days ago
Super T Rev
Super T Rev

You didn't mention angled surfaces to create sound deflection. This is what acoustic panels have that you don't.

23 days ago
john tran
john tran

This is doable if you have a smaller room hahah .

24 days ago
Аркадий П.
Аркадий П.

Towels are not so cheap...

26 days ago
garrismd
garrismd

This was an AMAZINGLY helpful video. This is one of the best uses for Youtube. Outstanding information thank you for making this video. Subcribed.

26 days ago
Hans Andreas Lange
Hans Andreas Lange

Foam, when shaped conveniently reduces reflections well especially at high frequencies. What passes through foam are mid and low frequencies; those are reflected by the wall behind the foam unless the shape is deep enough to deal with longer waves; that’s the purpose of sound absorbing foam. Acoustic waves partially pass trough foam because the foam is usually made of open cell polyurethane. If common sound absorbing foam would be made of closed cell polyurethane probably it would be even more reflective, less useful… Towels show to be acoustically not transparent outperforming foam by far. As somebody wrote here correctly to verify the ability of a certain material / shape to reduce reflections we must check reflections and not transparency. From the other side I think that towels probably do a very good job, even though I have no data to confirm this, and I suppose that the towel design should be investigated for mid / low frequency absorption, possibly in accordance with fire safety rules.

26 days ago
Grayson Wilson-Cacciapalle
Grayson Wilson-Cacciapalle

Wow, this was eye opening! I've been thinking about getting moving blankets to hang on the walls, but I like this idea better. Panels would definitely look nicer, and aesthetics are important to me, especially since my only available space is my bedroom! I certainly don't mind putting in the extra work to make these.

26 days ago
Voices Of Variety
Voices Of Variety

:)

27 days ago
BURPYflatulen**
BURPYflatulen**

Then always spray them with antimicrobial spray do kill off virus--after all towels are really notorious for catching bacteria or fungus.

28 days ago
kalef1234
kalef1234

That looked way nicer than I thought it was going to. NICE I want to build one now, maybe a couple!

28 days ago
j dragoon
j dragoon

Thanks. Your the only video or resource that made any sense.

29 days ago
riley petitt
riley petitt

hacks

29 days ago
Optimus Dime 10
Optimus Dime 10

Those sounds fucking up my chakras

Month ago
Willy Sianipar
Willy Sianipar

are the colour effect of tower is effect on that? Because the colour have some freq too

Month ago
Muhammad Farooqi
Muhammad Farooqi

may be I will not be making this .. but your own sound is so pleasing. :)

Month ago
The Soundproofing Store
The Soundproofing Store

Or if you do have a budget have a read through this blog - https://www.soundproofingstore.co.uk/sound-absorption1

Month ago
Jonathan Bunquin
Jonathan Bunquin

But how to put it in the wall?

Month ago
Jo EL
Jo EL

Thanks a bunch matt for the great Instruction Video 👍🏽

Month ago
E A
E A

I just saw your video and I feel as there might be a little bit of hope. A rooftop night club opened up on 02/2017 directly across the street from me. I live in a building on the 4th floor. The club is directly across from my apartment. If there was a bridge, I could walk there. It is a nightmare Wednesday, Thursdays, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY since the day they open! They are in violation of how loud they can play their music. My walls, picture frames and the floor vibrate. They also have a loud speaker DJ that loves to continually speak on the microphone and is constantly encouraging the crowd to scream. Do you have any suggestion for me? What should I try and where should I place them? Please help me. I am going out of my mind. The music is playing as I write this to you.

Month ago
Carlos de Aragón - WG
Carlos de Aragón - WG

Nuke 'em from space. It's the only way to be sure. :) (I have the same problem myself, in fact.)

27 days ago
പാവം ഞാൻ
പാവം ഞാൻ

Wow man you are awesome keep it up and upload videos like this😍

Month ago
Joe G
Joe G

it would cost me more money to sound proof a room its like 10.00 a towel

Month ago
Fennec Besixdouze
Fennec Besixdouze

I used your testing method and I got much better results by putting a wood board between the speaker and the microphone. Quick everyone, run out and buy wooden boards to mount up on your walls for excellent acoustics!

Month ago
Lisa Whitaker
Lisa Whitaker

I sure hope this helps control the sound of my noisy downstairs neighbor's music coming through the 'communal' natural gas fireplace vent....its a damn sound chamber.

Month ago
Grim Gamer
Grim Gamer

Warning HEADPHONES

Month ago
AUSSIEMADMATT
AUSSIEMADMATT

I went to my local salvation army and payed $2.50 a towel!!!

Month ago
imispgh
imispgh

Curious did you try your ears? About 20 years ago I tried the same thing and settled on foam wrapped in a towel. That for the mids and highs And do you have measurements that show the frequency response better?

Month ago
David Thomsen
David Thomsen

my mom says im too loud at night, will this solve it?

Month ago
joe woodchuck
joe woodchuck

With quieting camp and home generators in mind this is fantastic. I commend you for being so thorough and concise.

Month ago
Lakeview Recording Studio
Lakeview Recording Studio

Yeah !!!!

Month ago
Bors Mistral
Bors Mistral

Few things beat mass when it comes to dealing with sound... Stacked towels FTW!

Month ago
Aqw gamer
Aqw gamer

i need something to block the sound from the wall. I have a psychopath neighbor

Month ago
Awesomesauce
Awesomesauce

Open the wall, put in double insulation, close the wall back up. The most effective method is to replace the double insulation with your neighbor, it'll be loud for a few days, but eventually get quite. Be sure to add plastic sheeting, you're trading peace and quiet for smell.

Month ago
The Stuffed Vegan
The Stuffed Vegan

Wow, great video. Thank you☆

Month ago
Ina McClelland
Ina McClelland

You are so clever, thank you very much.

Month ago
Oksana Johnson
Oksana Johnson

good job Matt. going to make my panels just like yours

Month ago
samwest314
samwest314

Disappointing performance with six towels in a frame for me. Moving on to another idea.

Month ago
Dean Boland
Dean Boland

Great work on video mate

Month ago
A.J.M Oliveira
A.J.M Oliveira

Hiya. Wee tip for anyone trying this. Don't mince your own heads by trying to sew together towels. Use strips of Bondaweb instead. It's approx £4 a meter and worth it's weight in sanity x

Month ago
SeanWyseman
SeanWyseman

This is what happens when someone who has little to no understanding of acoustics. First the guys is testing for the ability of higher frequencies to pass through a substance that has no surface behind it. This only measures the materials ability to prevent sound from passing through it. This does not test for the reflective damping of sound as it passes through the medium and reflects back. It does not take bass frequencies into account as these panels, which take time to manufacture, have nothing to effectively reduce bass frequency reflections. The towels are tested in their limp state and are not stretched. This of course makes a significant difference to the acoustic energy passing through it. So while these "towel" based products will have a damping factor for higher frequencies it does nothing to combat the sub 1000k frequencies which is the spectrum where most of the musical energy from music is generated. This will leave you with a standing wave problem in your sound space that cannot be overcome by towels on frames. Buying roll end pieces of deep pile carpet, especially wool, is a much better choice and often as cheap as or cheaper (also more attractive) and easier to clean than stretched towels. While carpet alone, like towels alone, will not deal with the bass frequencies (that cause most standing waves) it will dampen lower frequencies much more effectively than the towel's will.

Month ago
Jeff Iscool
Jeff Iscool

You know, it may be kind of cool to use vintage ugly towels from tourist spots etc. and frame them up to show off the cheesy designs of days gone by. hmmm

Month ago
azharul kamil
azharul kamil

im suprise !!

Month ago
CHAND
CHAND

so youtube is great and u also..

Month ago
Joel Brim
Joel Brim

I'm looking for a few good women (who just got out of the shower) who will donate to this noble cause. Thanks for a very informative vid!

Month ago
Kenyon Long
Kenyon Long

Who else mad at the non-skippable ad?

Month ago
Made In Machines
Made In Machines

Useful video. Is there anywhere to buy wood frames like this? Why didn't you test for sub / bass frequencies? What brand did you test them against. I was looking at GIK, Primacoustic and Auralex.

Month ago
bryan russell
bryan russell

Thanks for the video. People have mentioned that the test isn’t going to be a good guideline for acoustic treatment, but haven’t been very specific so I wanted to point out a few things to be aware of. - high frequencies are easiest to deal with, and the mids and lows are usually the most problematic. Any test of sound treatment would benefit greatly by inclusion of 500hz, 250hz, and 125hz, which are also commonly listed on most sound absorption materials. Literally the first thing I try to focus on when choosing sound treatment. This is a good way to end up making your room sound dull yet boomy at the same time. - sound can easily pass around the treatment in this test, meaning it does not measure sound insulation properly. Also consider that different frequencies will pass around objects differently, further skewing results away from being meaningful. - absorption is really more desirable for most people than sound insulation, so a better test would be to measure a room with and without 40% coverage of panels spaced a few inches from the wall (to catch longer standing waves) Just don’t want anyone to be steered in the wrong direction and end up frustrated with the results...

Month ago
CPEA101
CPEA101

Excellent tip. Thanks for the insight. If towels do so well, I wonder how backless area rugs would do?

Month ago
BossManSays
BossManSays

Great info. I've been needing to make an isolation box. Guess I'll need to pick up some timber and towels and glue.

Month ago
Gakman756
Gakman756

Bob Ross 3.0

Month ago
CrankCase08
CrankCase08

Towelly says "Wanna get high?"

Month ago
Pin Dan
Pin Dan

Narration needs reverb...sounds too boxy

Month ago
Pin Dan
Pin Dan

You can buy 1 towel for $8 in UK

Month ago
koyass1
koyass1

En colombia es mas caro la toalla que el foam acustico.

Month ago
JOHN KEVIN COVINGTON
JOHN KEVIN COVINGTON

OH MY GOD! That Is One Hell of a BEEE-YOU-TEE-FULL BACKYARD Landscape!!! Geeze thats jsut awesome! You Got Some Sey Eyes Too!

Month ago
Rien Jen
Rien Jen

This has me wondering...I just bought a townhouse sandwiched between 2 other townhouses. Thankfully, one townhouse has a firewall and I can hear NOTHING from that neighbor, but the other one--radios, TVs, kids running of steps. Blah! I was planning on loading up that stairway on that side with canvas art anyway...now I wonder. If I insulate the backing of all the canvas art with towels and really load up that wall with artwork, could it help minimize the noise from the other townhouse??? It would be a hell of a lot cheaper than adding drywall and installing new walls, etc, etc. What do you think, DIY Perks?

Month ago
chuck rodriguez
chuck rodriguez

I have watched many videos recently. Your video is so well put together.

Month ago
Michael Farber
Michael Farber

I live next to a busy road so I can only record on Sundays when there isn't as many cars... would this help me to blur the road noise a bit? thanks!

Month ago
Gerard Gil
Gerard Gil

Thanks! Great video and concept! Since the test proves the great absorption capabilities of towels rather than their reflective qualities, I would say the results could be considerably improved just by separating the frames a few inches from the walls. That would allow them to absorb much more vibrations from the air behind. This is a commonly used technique with regular absorbers, bt the way, and it often compares to having a much thicker panel. It might not be as asthetically pleasing, though. I was left curious to know what the effect of the towells would be, if any, at much lower frequencies, to get an idea of the frequency curve. Anyway, congratulations, surely this idea will find many applications!

Month ago
Stuart Branson - Theme Composer
Stuart Branson - Theme Composer

What about for low freq ie. back wall bass echo ?

Month ago
Rebelton
Rebelton

I'LL JUST GET A LITTLE HIGH

Month ago
Elijah Le
Elijah Le

I admit this is a great idea for budget panels, but isn't your testing method an irrelevant to their purpose? You tested each sample material by measuring how much sound they would block, not how much sound they would reflect. I did, however, enjoy this video and appreciate the inspiration!

Month ago
Karen B
Karen B

I've been researching and researching and this ...your DYI video is the best & affordable to resolve this issue. thank you

Month ago
William Tsunku
William Tsunku

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Month ago
Karl Jason Llanora
Karl Jason Llanora

I'll be testing this ...

Month ago
Nidaa vlogs
Nidaa vlogs

broooooooooooo the mic is picking the penetrating noise not the REFLECTED

Month ago
max walraevens
max walraevens

Towels aren't beter lmao, the softer the material the more efficient... it's all about how much sound bounces off, getting through is like a whole other thing that depends on density and layers and so on... you want light, very soft and 3D shaped panels, just buy them lmao won't cost you more then £50 for the area where your microphone is placed. The 3D shape is a must for it to be really effective.

2 months ago
KilljoysBleedForever
KilljoysBleedForever

RIP all headphone users

2 months ago

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