How to Make High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $5

  • Опубликовано: 8 авг 2016
  • 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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Комментарии • 3 376

  • Katelyn Brokaw
    Katelyn Brokaw 17 часов назад

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

  • Seggie Fault
    Seggie Fault День назад

    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.

  • risingsun49
    risingsun49 День назад

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

  • Manuel Duque
    Manuel Duque 2 дня назад

    Thanks a lot

  • Reepa Media
    Reepa Media 2 дня назад

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

  • Blade Cutting Studio
    Blade Cutting Studio 2 дня назад

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

  • Rag Tag Misfits - Live Entertainment

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

  • soizic de st john rosse
    soizic de st john rosse 3 дня назад

    At 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

  • Alani Keiser
    Alani Keiser 3 дня назад

    Oh my! You have a lovely voice :)

  • Kade Matyis
    Kade Matyis 3 дня назад +1

    Your yard is amazing lmao

  • Bowerman Winburn
    Bowerman Winburn 3 дня назад

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

  • Bartek Nowakowski
    Bartek Nowakowski 3 дня назад

    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.

  • Canal Interfatos
    Canal Interfatos 4 дня назад

    Incredible idea MAN!!!! Thank you!

  • Brian Warner
    Brian Warner 4 дня назад

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

  • Perrotius
    Perrotius 4 дня назад

    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!

  • Beershake
    Beershake 5 дней назад

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

  • Alejandro Bolaños
    Alejandro Bolaños 5 дней назад

    What was that

  • Name Last Name
    Name Last Name 6 дней назад

    reminds me, that my neighbors are from Albania

  • Beverly Ann Osterberg-Dolan
    Beverly Ann Osterberg-Dolan 7 дней назад

    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.

  • Shevaughn Holness
    Shevaughn Holness 8 дней назад

    What was that orange device you were using? It gave out sound frequencies correct? I need that exactly for a science experiment and i've looked everywhere wow.

  • Mwenda Ikiara
    Mwenda Ikiara 8 дней назад

    Enjoyed watching your video, thanks Matt!!

  • El Goose
    El Goose 9 дней назад

    Towelie would be proud.

  • Ace Strife
    Ace Strife 9 дней назад

    Ow my ears.

  • Jose Quiñones
    Jose Quiñones 9 дней назад

    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.

  • José Luis Mazariegos Ballesteros
    José Luis Mazariegos Ballesteros 11 дней назад

    I love you. ♥️

  • MadDucks
    MadDucks 11 дней назад


  • Craig Irving
    Craig Irving 11 дней назад

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

  • MulcahyMichael
    MulcahyMichael 11 дней назад

    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?

  • Charles Bolanos
    Charles Bolanos 12 дней назад

    Screw acoustic panels! I'm getting some towels!

  • Juuso Hoo
    Juuso Hoo 12 дней назад

    Great analytics and showing how it works! Thanks! Do you know any other nicer material than fiberglass to use there?

  • tukanar
    tukanar 13 дней назад

    I'm Definitely doing those panels.

  • Roombacats
    Roombacats 13 дней назад

    I have a neighbors dog that barks so loud and all day long, it is like the dog has a megaphone. I tried an ultrasonic emitter deterrent, then two emitters but it only curbed it slightly. I built one of your designs to fit my bedroom window and I can barely hear the dog anymore. Before, even with reasonably good windows to block sound, it was like getting a ear-root-canal when that dog barked, and it kept me up at night. Now, I have no problems. Thank you so much!

  • Laisvūnas Skinulis
    Laisvūnas Skinulis 13 дней назад

    Can i soundproof a car with towels?

  • Matthew Ray
    Matthew Ray 13 дней назад

    Thank you Theon Greyjoy. You have a nice garden :)

  • Matt P
    Matt P 14 дней назад

    Ford Prefect would be so proud! Good on you sir!

  • kmach98
    kmach98 14 дней назад

    Anyone know where I can buy a wooden frame like Matt made in the video? I don’t have the tools necessary to build my own wooden frame

  • MomentsOfRamy
    MomentsOfRamy 14 дней назад

    I am making these panels as per your video! Amazing results you showed with the towels absorbing the sound!

  • Fedor T
    Fedor T 14 дней назад

    Maybe not super accurate and useful tests, but at least I can use panels made of towels, in my bedroom studio. Perhaps I'll need more layers, but I won't have to worry about effects of the fiberglass insulation on my health.

  • Cade Robertson
    Cade Robertson 14 дней назад

    That was legitimately, both, surprising and helpful. The conclusions were shocking and I’m pretty upset about the foam being so expensive. Theoretically, the foam should have a solid surface behind it though, so I wonder if it would’ve been more conclusive with plywood behind it.

  • Tyler H
    Tyler H 14 дней назад

    Would you recommend this method for soundproofing a door frame and window? Thanks!

  • Dominic Heng
    Dominic Heng 15 дней назад

    Hey man, thanks for doing the video.
    Would love to see you pit it against Burton Acoustix soundproofing panels to see how effective these are!

  • Who Where
    Who Where 15 дней назад

    So many wets in the UK. Hardly any men left over there....

  • Spoodle Productions
    Spoodle Productions 15 дней назад

    Hope some people see this:
    Matt's test is not the correct one for this application in a professional setting because it only measures how much sound makes it through the material and doesn't take into account how much it absorbs vs how much it reflects (you want absorption for this scenario). BUT since all the materials were sound absorbent to begin with, and the use case was for low quality, tight budget, small youtuber vocal reverb reduction, the reflected noise of most of these would be little enough to be negligible anyway, meaning the results were inaccurate, but probably led to a similar conclusion. (Which does not mean it isn't important.) It does, however, make the tests inaccurate for this type of comparison, but if you put research into the materials before you buy them (like most people on a tight budget would) you could get a better feel for the acoustics of materials and figure out which one works best for your space and budget. For example, fiberglass insulation would work WAY better than towels, but it would cost a lot more too.
    All in all, this is not, and is not intended to be, a high quality solution, just a quick and cheap one that's still presentable and effective, and even though the tests didn't make much sense, the correct tests likely would have given a similar ranking of materials (like in math class when you do the problem wrong and still get the same answer.) I still would like to see a professional test the same materials to find out for sure though.

  • Just me Am
    Just me Am 16 дней назад

    All i can say , Its no way or how $5. I watched your video yesterday got all the supplies needed. the wood alone for a 2x2 frame is $4 at lowes Then to salvation army and got towel at $1.50 each. if you need 6 that $9 ,, that being said its better than just going to buy them. This way i can go buy some nice printed towels for the front. cost for a 4x2 frame will be around $20 each after buying all you need. STILL better than $60 for plane black color !! thank you for some great idea

  • Stv.
    Stv. 16 дней назад

    Are you crazy to play such high sounds without any warning? FFS

  • La Banda del Sargento
    La Banda del Sargento 17 дней назад


  • Graeme Pawlick
    Graeme Pawlick 17 дней назад

    This is dumb and the method he used to test doesn't make sense. U treat a room cus noises bounce more not like outside

  • stillview08
    stillview08 17 дней назад

    Truly awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erik Oosterwal
    Erik Oosterwal 17 дней назад

    Blankets work very well too, especially the quilted ones used by shipping/moving companies. You can get shipping blankets at places like Harbor Freight. Another source for cheap blankets, besides your local thrift shop as mentioned in the video, is military surplus stores. The military surplus blankets won't be quilted.
    When doing interviews in large rooms or shooting video demonstrations in a kitchen, cover as much of the hard floors as you can with the blankets. You can pile them up below and near the mic as well as behind chairs where the interview is happening to cut down on reflections. Keep the camera pointed towards the subjects and your audience will never see the mountains of blankets hidden in the room.

  • SriDhanajeyan J
    SriDhanajeyan J 18 дней назад

    can i use woolen blanket to cover large space

  • Porfirio Misael
    Porfirio Misael 18 дней назад

    Thanks a lot.

  • Geir Byholt
    Geir Byholt 18 дней назад

    Thank you for making this great video!! :D

  • Lhostel
    Lhostel 19 дней назад

    Great video. Thank you for your time and effort.

  • Mike Lee
    Mike Lee 19 дней назад

    From my experience, paper towels are the best sound absorbing material.

  • Alexander van Wyk
    Alexander van Wyk 21 день назад

    Fantastic video. Ill definately impliment these ideas in future.Please carry on with similar experiments regarding common sound barrier materials, like hard wood, soft wood, gypsum board, bricks and concrete surfaces .

  • bola        R show
    bola R show 21 день назад

    can i just use pieces of carpet?

  • Stu Royce
    Stu Royce 22 дня назад +2

    Towels! I'm off to raid the airing cupboard, The kids can dry themselves with acoustic foam instead.

  • Gustavo Nien
    Gustavo Nien 22 дня назад

    This was really really great advice and properly tested. Thank you very much!

  • IEleMenTIx
    IEleMenTIx 22 дня назад

    great stuff! looking to insulate my Air Conditioner compressor which gives off a high frequency noise. I guess wrapping it in one or two towels would be the best option? :)

  • Chandan Acharya
    Chandan Acharya 23 дня назад

    Thanks John Mayer

  • Michael Marotta
    Michael Marotta 24 дня назад

    Very nice, great job.

  • Ben Chawes
    Ben Chawes 25 дней назад

    That was AMAZING stuff!! So good to know - and interesting!!

  • Glenn Langford
    Glenn Langford 25 дней назад

    Fantastic, thanks Matt

  • Miguel Victor Durian
    Miguel Victor Durian 25 дней назад

    I wish you also tested blankets or comforters. I think they'd do a good job too.

  • Matteo Arnetoli
    Matteo Arnetoli 25 дней назад

    Why didn't you try with rock wool

  • shockie paul
    shockie paul 26 дней назад

    This dude is right clued up

  • Shawn Blackwell
    Shawn Blackwell 27 дней назад

    I think some people might have missed the point of this video. He never claimed that this was the best solution to sound dampening, just a cheaper diy project for those of us who don't have thousands or even hundreds of dollars to spend on reducing echo and sound proofing a room. Yes, there are many ways to do it, for example:egg cartons, old cushion, ceiling tiles and room darkening curtains.(hot glue cushion and cartons to the ceiling tiles, then wrap it up in the room darkening curtains and staple to the back of tiles. It's cheap but effective if you place them not only on walls but, ceilings too!(and yes carpet helps to reduce reflection) Please remember, it's not the best solution but it's cheap and effective for those on a budget!

  • Michael Griffin
    Michael Griffin 27 дней назад

    Very professional video! Thanks

  • technosaurus
    technosaurus 27 дней назад

    Couldn't do it. Come laundry day, they would end up as empty wooden frames.

  • Dumpster
    Dumpster 28 дней назад

    1:19 any other headphone users get the chills? lol

  • Flashahol
    Flashahol 28 дней назад

    Thank you for this. While I do agree that your test is only transmission (actually, mostly transmission, as you do test the echo improvement in a room), sound insulation has a lot to do with the weight of the material used and with the number of towels used, I see no reason to doubt this is a great budget solution.
    I personally hung a medieval tapestry on the short lobby wall that separates my pad with my neighbors and I can say it reduced both sound transmission and reflection quite niticeably, to the point where I am unwilling to replace it or get rid of it... at least until I saw this.

  • Javier Zapana Caceres
    Javier Zapana Caceres 29 дней назад

    This Diy really impressed me ... Awesome job !!!

  • Beauregard Slim
    Beauregard Slim 29 дней назад

    Yeah, I would have preferred to see a comparison based on reflection, but your before-and-after recording proves that your solution does an amazing job. I never would have thought of using thrift store towels. Thanks for the video.

  • kevinparedes123
    kevinparedes123 Месяц назад

    I think this is dangerous, fire hazard. Cotton is one of the most flammable materials.

  • Cesar Gallardo
    Cesar Gallardo Месяц назад


  • TragestyX
    TragestyX Месяц назад

    Sounds like a good business opportunity.

  • Ali Tolga AYRIM
    Ali Tolga AYRIM Месяц назад

    It's not going to kill bass frequencies.

  • shtik
    shtik Месяц назад

    But a stack of towels isn't cheap.

  • CRIPz 1
    CRIPz 1 Месяц назад

    Awesome tutorial :O Thanks :)
    Subbed too

  • Giselle collazo
    Giselle collazo Месяц назад

    Love it 👍

  • ***Anthony Peake***
    ***Anthony Peake*** Месяц назад

    you are the man brother!!!

  • Teva Alcindor
    Teva Alcindor Месяц назад

    He's so proud of himself :)

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    Will this help get rid of the ghastly echo I am using the record in?

  • Alan Whitton: Coaching - Therapy - Performance

    just wow!

  • bluej511
    bluej511 Месяц назад

    Love this video. Sound engineers and acousticians have used carpet on walls for decade for absorption. Add this with some reverbing egg cartons on the wall and you have the best of both worlds.

  • ECO Base Technology Studios
    ECO Base Technology Studios Месяц назад

    Ok, you lost me at the part where you have to sew the towels together :)

  • jack jones
    jack jones Месяц назад

    What a div

  • Tergative
    Tergative Месяц назад

    Thank you so much man! This really helped a ton

  • Piano at Thirty
    Piano at Thirty Месяц назад

    Yet another wonderful reason why I fucking LOVE the internet!!!! AMAZING, thank you so much for making this video!!!!

  • TheLostBoy
    TheLostBoy Месяц назад

    Good audio is very important *mic makes high pitched ear splitting whining sound every time he exhales*

  • muttech
    muttech Месяц назад

    Thick fabric curtains will work fine..

  • Mr. Cheweeni
    Mr. Cheweeni Месяц назад

    I would prefer to use my usual method. Insert earplugs into ears one ear at a time.

  • Tar zan
    Tar zan Месяц назад


  • And X
    And X Месяц назад

    much better then very good

  • 3sidesofeve
    3sidesofeve Месяц назад

    Perfect thanks! We didn't even bother with sewing. Had the outside towel and 4 on the inside using 1x1/2 frame. costs around $14 each. I'm going to do the same for the bass traps and mount smaller corner wedges.

  • Comfort Lining-Thermoplastic Denture Adhesive

    Awesome! I live on a busy street. Will be doing this real soon. Thank you

  • Aiden Szmyt
    Aiden Szmyt Месяц назад

    Love your voice, love the video. Thanks for the information!

  • Victoria Leonard
    Victoria Leonard Месяц назад

    Thank you 🙏 you are a bank account saver 😬


    I like it! Who would have thunk!

  • dinuk kavirathna
    dinuk kavirathna Месяц назад

    A stack of towels would be so much efficient rather than foam. Yet you should have considered glass wool! Anyway nice video. Kudos