How to Make High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $5

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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zyga399zyga399 (2 дня назад)
Perfect job

hfvkhnmlhfvkhnml (2 дня назад)
No wood used, save the trees, our sole source of oxygen in the entire Universe. SAY NO TO WOODEN PRODUCTS.

Robert MRobert M (3 дня назад)
Thanks for posting - you just saved me a bomb 😊

donepearcedonepearce (3 дня назад)
Shame this was entirely the wrong measurement. A slab of concrete would have performed better than all of them, but been entirely useless at reducing echoes. The correct measurement would have measured the sound reflected from the material, not what passed through it. That would be equally easy to set up.

philip lubduckphilip lubduck (4 дня назад)
Better option is a canvas painting then using a towel behind that.

Tommy HolmbergTommy Holmberg (4 дня назад)
Brilliant video! Thanks a lot.

David DeblaereDavid Deblaere (5 дней назад)
I'm too lazy for this channel

Web GhostWeb Ghost (5 дней назад)
Youre Awesome Man !

Mike BurkeMike Burke (5 дней назад)
Very, very interesting test.

John KightlingerJohn Kightlinger (5 дней назад)
I subbed just for this video alone, this has been so helpful for my budget studio set up. keep up the awesome work!

Jamil Shintaro SaligumbaJamil Shintaro Saligumba (6 дней назад)
Thank you. I learned a lot from this video. :) Now back to making more music. 😊

Tom DallisTom Dallis (6 дней назад)
What a great idea Matt. Not only for home recording but as you suggest when decorated can be used location as part of the sets decor.

mrmadame28mrmadame28 (6 дней назад)
This treat mid high to high frequencys. The hard part to get rid of is low frequency and low mid... When you treat them, generally the midhigh and high are under control. Often, they are too much lowered and the room sound dead. We put a thin layer on top of acoustic treatement to give a bit of life back to the room and boost the low frequency's capacity of the treatment. I would say that this is a good solution if you are planning to record violin or voice. For speach, intelligibility is arround 3khz so it would be good also. Early reflection is the number 1 thing to take care of at the beggining. For those who are interrested, see Ethan Winner or Winer webpage (i don't remember correctly is name) anyway, he give a lot of advice and he know is stuff... For you, good try, but you should have read a bit more on acoustic to talk about the limitation and application of your device.

Jason FellaJason Fella (7 дней назад)
haha wow, this is great info. And surprising.

shor777shor777 (7 дней назад)
Sound proofing and sound absorption is completely different - this guy measure sound proof performance, and talking about sound absorption.

David ClickDavid Click (7 дней назад)
This test was totally done wrong lol... The sine wave test is testing how sound proof the towel is, not how absorbent it is. In order to test how much its reflecting/absorbing, he would need a mic on the side of the speaker emulator. This is stupid unless you're trying to build

Jacob MayerryJacob Mayerry (7 дней назад)
fantastic work! thank you!

ByteOfWood YTByteOfWood YT (7 дней назад)
I'm sure your neighbors love hearing high pitched noises in the morning

Mitch JohnsonMitch Johnson (7 дней назад)
What a cool dude, and well made vid - Thanks Matt fella

Casper KoCasper Ko (8 дней назад)
I was wondering could you overlay posters over them. I have several spots in my room where I would like to place these towel frames, but at those spots there are some posters. I was wondering if I could just put the posters over them. Would they still work? Would the sound just bounce off the paper? I really enjoyed your video by the way please do make more content!

Shrey TyagiShrey Tyagi (9 дней назад)
too hectic!

Jeff ZakanyJeff Zakany (9 дней назад)
Suggestion....Don't include the tones in the audio from your tone generator. I am listening to this with ear buds at a moderately low level and those tones are ear-piercing! When you did the first live test I turned up the volume to hear the difference between the bare walls and the paneled walls. Then you tested the professional acoustic tiles ....I ripped the phones out of me ears! AAAAARRRRGH! Jeez!

Jeff ZakanyJeff Zakany (9 дней назад)
It's just the frequency of the tone itself. High frequencies hurt my ears. But I did turn it up slightly to hear the difference in the treated and untreated walls.

DIY PerksDIY Perks (9 дней назад)
I can only assume you have your headphones on too loud if it's a problem. The actual levels at peak are similar to the voice track, so I'm not sure what's up. Still, I'll keep that in mind for next time!

planetlizzplanetlizz (10 дней назад)
Id like to see a comparison of cheapo acoustic foam squares and auralex squares. while youre at it ... cheap foam vs auralex foam vs DIY towel panels vs sheetrock vs rockwool vs corning 703 vs regular blankets vs moving blankets vs sound absorption blankets vs a bedspread vs a quilt vs a comforter vs a very large poodle

planetlizzplanetlizz (10 дней назад)
Aint no towels at Goodwill that look like the towels you got! Admit it, you placed em there ahead of time! Surprised it wasn't a complete set!

planetlizzplanetlizz (9 дней назад)
way cool +maks .. did u pretty much do it like the +DIY Perks video? super curious. gosh I wish u cld post a pic. all same color and what color? lol make sure u reply.. his blew all the other methods away. hope urs do as well

MaksMaks (9 дней назад)
Can you please link what you used to hang them up? Thank you. Just finished making a set of 6.

planetlizzplanetlizz (10 дней назад)
A GREAT find indeed! Id never get that lucky!!

DIY PerksDIY Perks (10 дней назад)
Yeah, it was a pretty amazing find! I've been down a few times since and there hasn't been a good stock of towels like that.

Mtamandeni KalongaMtamandeni Kalonga (10 дней назад)
Life saver

Alex FrewAlex Frew (10 дней назад)
You are testing sound insulation not absorption. So you have no good idea of the reflected, diffracted and absorbed sound. You'd be better off doing this in a room and in reality your acoustic panels off then on the wall test is more telling of the effectiveness than the "test" outside. But interesting video.

Plutarco FarchéPlutarco Farché (10 дней назад)
can anyone tell me where i can find that wallpaper ?

aloniking gamingaloniking gaming (10 дней назад)
question can i use cloth/old shirts

Hemin AwarahHemin Awarah (11 дней назад)
welldone mate nice vid solved my problem

Rodrigo GuimarãesRodrigo Guimarães (11 дней назад)
That is fantastic! Loved this channel. Do you have any alternative for Bass Traps as well without fiberglass?

The Best StoogeThe Best Stooge (11 дней назад)
Towelie would approve.

Turnt MarshfellowTurnt Marshfellow (11 дней назад)
you need to think about noise reflection the fancy foam is made not to change the sound profile when sound is reflected

valley2118valley2118 (11 дней назад)
I live on a very busy intersection and I really enjoyed your video. Traffic noise cancelling fence with this idea covered in water resistant material?

Runner MixRunner Mix (11 дней назад)
Thank you for sharing!!! :) great info 👍🏽

Bruce NguyenBruce Nguyen (11 дней назад)
Wow thanks so much for the tips!!!

Troels NielsenTroels Nielsen (13 дней назад)
acoustic foam check to see if its insulation or absorbers. test method not satisfactory. but good improvement. easier to hear the difference if you clap hard with your hands in the room

Eric CEric C (13 дней назад)
i am building some large panels from pallets and I was looking around for the perfect filler material for them. it looks like towels are the winner, thanks mate!

Tim WeeningTim Weening (13 дней назад)
so if you place this in a hexagram shape( say like eggs carton(just the backlayer) then it should sound even better

Udit SharmaUdit Sharma (13 дней назад)
Hi Matt, I'm planning to recreate this experiment. Could you perhaps share what equipment you used for detecting the frequency and decibel level of the tone detector? Thanks :)

Ronell OropesaRonell Oropesa (13 дней назад)
Would it make a difference if I use a different cloth on the front side instead of the towel?

Dedo EteDedo Ete (13 дней назад)
alfie allen is that you?

Photo ZavaletaPhoto Zavaleta (14 дней назад)
NICE!!!! Thanks Man!! a really complete video!!

Andrew HensleyAndrew Hensley (14 дней назад)
Wait, hold the phone and forget the foam, what camera is that???

Michael TaylorMichael Taylor (15 дней назад)
You didn't test sound absorption you tested sound blocking they are two completely different things, and there a 3 things that decide how well an acoustic material (usually foam) is, Sound Blocking (makes where outside sounds do not get through it) Sound Diversion / Deflection (how well the material makes the sound bounce off in lots of different directions) and sound absorption (how much sound is actually absorbed into the material)

Michael TaylorMichael Taylor (15 дней назад)
You did have the right idea with your panels though, they work and do a good job for the price (although they are not "better" than actual acoustic foams that appear on the market, just diffrent

Healing QuietLandHealing QuietLand (15 дней назад)
Soooo-o this is not a good idea to use on windows!??

Miss BretMiss Bret (16 дней назад)
Hey there! We were about to spend $600 to insulate a 10' x 10' wall. Our house was a rehab so one of the old kitchen walls became a bathroom wall. Every time you used the toilet even the slightest bodily function could be heard all over the back of the house. Thank you so much for making this video.

Perry PelicanPerry Pelican (17 дней назад)
Did you find the best type of towels. And why towels and not layers of the same cloth, like cotton. Is it about the weave? Is it better to use 1 very thick one or several thinner ones adding up to the same thickness?

Contrastarian ContrastarianContrastarian Contrastarian (17 дней назад)
Do you think that would help if I want to block sounds coming form my upstairs neighbors, I just need to block the noise they make when they are walking.

Elias MoralesElias Morales (17 дней назад)
Mono microphone plEASE

CoredusKCoredusK (17 дней назад)
Glorious 60fps enhances my watching experience exponentially.

Lip stickLip stick (18 дней назад)
1) how do you keep the bugs out??? 2) How to you hang them on the ceiling???

I have noise neighbors UPstairs... That looks like a lot of weight to be hanging up... What about thicker sound foam???

Benjamin ClarkBenjamin Clark (19 дней назад)

Harry HaltHarry Halt (20 дней назад)
My left ear enjoyed this video!!!

Steveo GaymesSteveo Gaymes (20 дней назад)
Matt can iron my towels any day of the week!!!

OnscreenSoucerOnscreenSoucer (21 день назад)
My ears are bleeding.

KL3XBKL3XB (21 день назад)
You should've used closed cell foam instead of open cell foam.

Mark EdwardsMark Edwards (21 день назад)
I thought of this a day after my last comment. Just because the sound isn't passing through to the other side doesn't mean it was absorbed. Think about using a 1/2" (12mm) plate of steel. Probably very little sound would be picked up by the mic. But most would be reflected. We need a different test method.
Thanks again for posting.

THYRONIXTHYRONIX (21 день назад)
really awesome, thanks!!

William StezowskiWilliam Stezowski (22 дня назад)
love your garden!

The Lifestyle MarketerThe Lifestyle Marketer (22 дня назад)
Great idea, thanks I need to reduce Echo on my videos so I'll try this

youngshinobi47youngshinobi47 (22 дня назад)
this has to be the biggest looking fag i've seen on youtube

Phani TallapureddyPhani Tallapureddy (22 дня назад)
where should we keep it.. exactly opposite to the sound source?? or anywhere in the room??

Mark EdwardsMark Edwards (22 дня назад)
Awesome. This info is going to help us with an acoustic problem at our church. Very clean video and fast concise delivery. Thank you.

Edward Short / The Hoosier CraftsmanEdward Short / The Hoosier Craftsman (24 дня назад)
Great Video ! Very Informative to !

Ciarán Mac an IarlaCiarán Mac an Iarla (24 дня назад)

deepspaceoceandeepspaceocean (25 дней назад)
I'm off to buy some towels!

Divyanshu MaithaniDivyanshu Maithani (25 дней назад)
I think the price of 6 decent towels + wooden frame (as used here) far exceeds than using decent sets of acoustic panels. Not to mention the time and effort required to make these DIY panels.

Nitram MidniteNitram Midnite (25 дней назад)
Just wanted to thank you for this video. I made a multi layered towel sound blanket for my bedroom window to keep street noise down and it worked really well. Only cost me about $25 and is WAY cheaper than buying custom sound proof window for $1K. Cheers!

Manuel OrozcoManuel Orozco (27 дней назад)
Would these help with say, absorbing "tapping" vibration/sound from an electronic drumset?

Alex SwavelyAlex Swavely (27 дней назад)
I'm curious how this would compare to acoustic drop ceiling tiles, which are also quite inexpensive.

TeeTheCeeTeeTheCee (27 дней назад)
Brilliant tests mate.

umagaumaga (28 дней назад)
hi may i know the dimension of the frame?

ImReadyD151ImReadyD151 (29 дней назад)
this is incredible. I remember when I was a kid, I would make forts and Chuck a ton of blankets on them. I could barely hear people talking on the outside

sula tansula tan (29 дней назад)
U can use watercolour to make portfolio on walls ;)

LaoJKLaoJK (1 месяц назад)
Just a clarification, I can use these things to lessen outgoing sounds right?

Heather. OrdoverHeather. Ordover (10 дней назад)
I was wondering that, too, but also wondering what size you cut the wood to? Nearby, I only have access to 2x4s and 1x3s and neither look like what you used. Just making a list.
Thrift stores are great for towels. I was able to get 25 towels for $35 dollars at our local. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a useful DIY video. For someone who really just needs to reduce some noise and wants to do it as easily/cheaply as possible, this was a home-run for me. Many thanks.

Rard van der HoevenRard van der Hoeven (1 месяц назад)
Can I use wool as well?

DavidBaLaSDavidBaLaS (1 месяц назад)
I have a question. What kind of towels should it be? Mikrofibry or cotton? Cuz the price difference is a lot. And you used so many towels... it's much more than 5$ so the bait title worked well... but should be rather 50$ each panel. Still less than original X panels.Greetings

Muhammad FarizMuhammad Fariz (1 месяц назад)
I was distracted by his dimples

Jake TylerJake Tyler (1 месяц назад)
Why not just use rockwool? I heard DIY acoustic panels with rockwool should best the sound Absorption improvement you can get + it doesn't cost much more :)

Nick ChamberlinNick Chamberlin (1 месяц назад)
lol that foam is actually packaging foam, not acoustic foam lol

정흥섭정흥섭 (1 месяц назад)
love it!

Cal DenisonCal Denison (1 месяц назад)
There is a huge difference between sound blocking and sound absorbing. You could put a piece of plywood on there and It would probably fare well in this test but it doesn't absorb much sound. In a studio you want to absorb sound with your baffles to reduce certain frequencies not block them. I don't think this test tells you much but I appreciate the effort.

AFIA BEATSAFIA BEATS (1 месяц назад)
thank you!

Willħelm WełłWillħelm Wełł (1 месяц назад)
Not nearly as ugly on the wall as I expected. And you can get towels with tigers, dragons and stuff 8)

Omar MahmoudOmar Mahmoud (1 месяц назад)
Can you make them so you can block noise from the outside environment like hanging them over the window of a room ?

Jiminy Jim Jam JenkinsJiminy Jim Jam Jenkins (1 месяц назад)
I want to make a box to insulate the sound coming from a blender. Should I line the inside of the box with towels or carpet? I was think carpet might work better because it has a more rough surface.

Fredric GeorgssonFredric Georgsson (1 месяц назад)
The mic test does not consider reflection? A slab of concrete or stone would win the test easily, but not absorb anything at all? I think the best bang for the buck is usually found in insulation materials such as glass wool?

Александр УсковАлександр Усков (1 месяц назад)
Anyhow this 5Khz+ range is absolutely non-essential for audio production. The devil lives between 200 and 4000 - that's where 95% of all sound information is, both for music and speech genres.

planetlizzplanetlizz (1 месяц назад)
Your audio is simply phenomenal. Awesome testing. Super helpful and rather surprising really. Thanks!

roy rizkyroy rizky (1 месяц назад)
rip headphone users

Kira MaxwellKira Maxwell (1 месяц назад)
thank you for this video

HuntersOAHuntersOA (1 месяц назад)
the acustic foam does not absorb the sound. It is designed to work with the reflected sound waves. you should try the whole process with not absorption but reflection - set an accusticaly neutral wall in 45 degree angle and measure the reflections from it with the different matterials. the towel solution works but I have a feeling it dampens the sound too much. in deaf rooms there are absolutely no eco and it can drive some people crazy. the purpose of the acustic foam is not to absorb the frequencies but to lighten the overll interferencies and small noises, as eco is still needed :)

Chad LancasterChad Lancaster (1 месяц назад)
I wonder how well denim insulation would work compared to the towels

Panos LaPanos La (1 месяц назад)
well that's just wrong... usually acoustics are difficult to handle at frequencies up to 500hz... another thing is that you actually measuring the soundproofing ability of your acoustic panel rather than the absorption which is necessary (when sound is hit on a material one part of the energy is absorbed by the material, one is reflected and one gets through it). and finally some other things you have to consider is hygiene... towels can be a cosy place for moisture and thus fungus... also you don't want to have something on your wall which potentially can be a fire Hazzard... so... good idea but I wouldn't recommend it

OPGuyKOPGuyK (1 месяц назад)
No wonder SSundee hangs work out towels in his room...

League Master ggLeague Master gg (1 месяц назад)
Thank You Thank You, sooo helpful

Fellow CommunistFellow Communist (1 месяц назад)
The way he says sponge is so satisfying.

should have checked to see how fiberglass insulation worked

Matthew BenavidesMatthew Benavides (1 месяц назад)
Absolutely fantastic job!

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