8 Steps To Soundproof A Recording Studio Using Egg Crate Foam

February 22nd, 2010

If you are planning to record your own music at home, you will need more than good equipment to make your final product sound at its best. You might posess the best high quality musical instruments and most expensive recording equipment, the sound of your recording might not be at its best if the room you were recording in wasn’t designed for audio production. A room with flat hard walls and sharp corners is going reflect the sound waves all around the room. This will distort the sound and largely affect the quality of the recording. To preserve the optimal sound in th room, you will need material that will absorb the audio and will prevent to bouncing of the audio waves.
Egg crate foam is the recommended material if you want to absorb the sound.

To install egg crate foam around your room you will require the following things:

– Egg crate foam
– Double-sided tape

– Scissors
– (eventually) Ladder

First Step:
Measure the walls and ceiling size in square feet. This is need to know how much egg crate foam you will need to order or buy. It is recommended to order a bit more than you need.

Step 2:
Order or buy the egg crate foam. There are several places where they sell egg crate foam: on the Internet and even places like the Home Depot or Walmart. If there is a store close to you, it might be better to buy it there as you will save a little money on shipping.

Step 3:
It is time to start cutting the egg crate foam with sharp scissors to fit your walls. Make sure the sections you cut are long enough. They should stretch from the bottom of the floor up to the ceiling.

Step 4:
Apply double-sided tape to the flat-end side of the egg crate foam, as you want the egg crate side of the foam to face the room. Do this to all four sides.

Step 5:
Apply the reverse side of the double-sided tape onto the wall to attach the foam to the wall.

Step 6:
Install the egg crate foam around the corners of the wall first. Important: Put the egg crate foam so it creates a rounded corner instead of the existing sharp angle.

Step 7:
Continue by adding the foam to the remainder of the walls and door. Measure the size of the door so you can create a foam cut-out of the exact (or a little larger) size.

Step 8:
The final step is the hardest part and often neglected. It is time to attach the egg crate foam to the ceiling. In many cases, you will need a ladder to do this. The covering of the ceiling is important because otherwise the audio waves will bounce off of it.

Here are some extra tips & warnings:
– Instead of using double-sided tape, you could also use Velcro. Although Velcro is more expensive , it has the advantage that it allows for easier and faster removal.
– If you don’t care about the aesthetic look of the egg crate foam, you could even use a staple gun and staple the egg crate foam to the walls and ceiling.
– If you have windows in the room, it is a good idea to cover them first with cardboard cut-outs before applying the egg crate foam material.