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Bass Traps: Just keep insulation roll sealed in plastic wrap? bass traps and low frequency control

When you go shopping for insulation material for your bass traps, it usually comes in these big rolls or packs, sealed in plastic.

It’s a pretty convenient package!

Why not just leave them as they are and stack them up in the corners?

That will also keep any fibers from flying around and...

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Is insulation material a health hazard (for DIY bass traps)? bass traps and low frequency control

I’m sure you’ve wondered this at some point or other:

Is it really OK for your health to have all that mineral or glass wool around you in your studio?

Surely that stuff can’t be good for you, right?

I mean, those tiny little fibers must go everywhere.

What actually happens in...

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Bass Traps: Dealing with bass build up in corners bass traps and low frequency control

Are you dealing with heaaavyyyyy bass build up in a corner or some part of your room?

So when you play some music all hell breaks loose?

And now you're wondering how to best tackle the problem?

Surely that can't be good...

Does this mean your room is particularly bad?

Can you even get...

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Bass traps floor to ceiling, or half the corner good enough? bass traps and low frequency control

This week let’s talk bass trapping again. 

Placing bass traps in particular.

Because when you’re trying to tackle that endlessly confusing topic of low end control in your home studio, it can be so easy to get caught up in rabbit holes that have you questioning your sanity...

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Broadband Bass Traps: What About Frequencies You Don't Want To Fix? bass traps and low frequency control

After my last video, I got the following question:

“I have problems with some peaks in the bass and to me it looks like if I put in broadband absorbers it will absorb more in the frequencies that I don't have problems with. Won't that give more/other problems?"

That's a valid...

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Why "Bass Traps" Aren't Actually Bass Traps bass traps and low frequency control

What do you think of when you hear the word "bass trap"?

A triangular foam wedge? A square box wrapped in fabric? A tube trap?

Bass traps come in so many different sizes, shapes, thicknesses and densities. It can be super confusing!

But what actually is a "bass trap" when it comes down...

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"I've got this annoying resonance at 126Hz!!" bass traps and low frequency control

If you have this problem you'll know exactly what I’m talking about:

You sit down to work on a mix, you press play, and for a few seconds everything seems fine. 

But then the bass kicks in and just as it hits that one note, all hell breaks loose.

This super loud, super annoying...

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The One Problem No Bass Trap Can Fix bass traps and low frequency control

Have you tested your room’s low end, or visited another studio, and while walking around you thought:

"Damn, this room has some serious low end issues!“

The bass is all over the place. Total suck out over here, massive resonance over there.

"We need some PROPER bass absorption...

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Can Bass Traps Take Away Too Much Bass? bass traps and low frequency control

I’m sure you’ve heard the advice before that:

"You can’t have too many bass traps!“

But you’ve probably also heard stories off people putting way too much absorption in their room and it ending up sounding over-damped, or even "dead“.

You get that...

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Pressure vs Velocity: Which Bass Trap Should You Get? bass traps and low frequency control

I've already showed you a simple way to figure out if the bass trap you are thinking about getting for your room is a pressure (tuned/resonance/membrane) trap, or a velocity trap (porous, broadband), and what that means about how they work and how to use it.

But which type is actually the...

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Having Trouble Finding The Best Bass Trap For Your Room? bass traps and low frequency control

Are you having trouble finding the right bass trap for your studio?

You know you need more low end control, so you go online and you google "bass traps". But there are just so many different products and designs out there and they all sort of promise the same thing!

"Best bass trap on the...

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The Real Reason You Place Bass Traps In Corners (It’s Not Why You Think) bass traps and low frequency control

I’m sure you’ve read or heard this somewhere before:

“You need to put your bass traps in the corners because that’s where the bass energy builds up. You can hear it when you play some bass heavy music and stick your head in the corner. That’s where your bass traps...

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