Eli Krantzberg from Logic Pro Expert forwarded me a link to a video that demonstrates how to build home studio acoustic treatment panels on a budget. Eli asked my opinion on this DIY approach, so instead of replying to Eli personally via email, I thought it would be best to share this video along with my thoughts to the Pro Tools Expert Community so that we can find out what you guys think.
You won't believe what materials were used to make these super budget home studio acoustic absorption panels. Video by DIY Perks.
In all honesty, I was quite sceptical watching this video but I was pleasantly surprised when the before and after comparisons was presented. Obviously, these DIY panels don't compare in broadband performance typical of professionally designed studio acoustics but for home studio guys on a budget that need cheap acoustic absorption solutions... this is definitely worth a punt.
If I were to make these budget acoustic panels for my home recording studio I would make the frames deeper with larger wood so that a thicker layer of towels could be used inside with a small 1-inch air gap between the packed towels and wall. An air gap would help increased low-frequency absorption.
For safety reason, I would also soak all the towels in a fire retardant spray before building the panels.
So what do you think of this DIY home studio acoustic treatment panel solution? How would you improve the design?