Do Foam Bass Traps Work? Pros, Cons And Alternatives

Written by Michael Harris
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One of the most common questions I get is, is what are foam bass traps and whether or not they work. In this article, I am going to answer a bulk of questions regarding whether or not bass traps are worth the time and money.

What Are Foam Bass Traps?

In simple terms, Bass Traps are objects created to absorb low-frequency sound waves, as the name suggests they are meant to trap bass noise from escaping to help balance the room acoustics and reduce the amount of bass that leaves the room/area.

Since low-frequency sound waves move in a 3D-like pattern, unlike high-frequency waves which usually move in a straight line, It makes it harder to contain low-frequency sounds, that’s why you often hear bass and vibrations more than any other sounds when the source of the sound is far.

Foam Bass traps are made created from sound-absorbing materials to help absorb some of the bass noise. You often see these objects in recording studios but can be used anywhere.

What are they Used For?

Foam Bass Traps are used mainly to cut down low-frequency waves and improve the acoustics in a room. Most people use it to cut down the bass noises from leaving or entering a room to avoid any neighbor complaints or create a quiet and peaceful environment.

Do Bass Traps really Work?

Now, this question has two answers to it, the short one and the long answer, I will start with the short answer which is Yes, bass Traps do work and they do what they are intended to do which is to cut down the bass and reduce vibrations.

The long answer is, it depends on what you are actually trying to achieve and the number of factors that come into play like, are you trying to reduce bass noise coming inside your room or leaving it? How strong is the bass noise? and how acoustically treated is your room.

Obviously there more bass you are trying to combat, the more challenging it becomes, however, the simple answer is yes bass traps do work especially if you pick the right ones.

It is important to note that foam bass traps alone won’t cut it if you are trying to reduce the effects of low-frequency sounds, it is recommended that you also try other things alone with bass traps like hanging noise-reducing drapes and using acoustic Foam.

How Thick Should Bass Traps be?

The golden rule to always keep in mind is, the thicker the bass traps the better I usually recommend that you go for at least bass traps that are 4 inches thick, usually, that is the common thickness you find in these sound-absorbing objects. Some areas thick as 8 inches which are great for better low-frequency sound absorption.

How Many Bass Traps do I Need?

Honestly, there is no golden rule here or magic number since that will vary from person to person due to various factors like the overall volume of the bass, etc. However, I often recommend having at least 3 corner bass traps in a room for better results.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article has answered some of the questions you might have about bass traps, If you have any questions or unsure about something feel free to ask me via the contact form, Also be sure to check out some of my awesome.

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Hey I'm Michael and I run this website. I'm a professional voiceover artist and in my search to create a silent studio I've become obsessed with soundproofing and things being quiet. Thanks for visiting and if you have any question get in touch.