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DIY: How to build a Studio GoBo

DIY Project: Diffuser Array/Absorber GOBO

By: James DeGrandis

Mobile DIY option for creating new spaces with GOBOs!

As studio spaces get smaller, and budgets get tighter, we like to find new ways to maximize our budgets and our spaces, without removing quality. One issue with small room recording is getting sufficient separation between instruments – and here’s one DIY project to help you master your space without compromise.

Stuff you need:

4’x 6’ sheet of 3/4” Plywood (This can be scaled up or down depending on need.)

32 sq/ft of 4” Cutting Wedge® Classic Acoustical Foam (Or similar absorber)

4 x Art Diffusors® – Model C (or Model F, Quadrapyramid™, or other comparable diffuser)

Construction adhesive

6-8 Hook and loop straps (To attach to Mic Stands – one option)

2x Mic Stands (unless building frame)

2”x4”x10’ wood for frame construction (optional)

3 x Low profile Casters for rolling frame (optional)

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Assembly instructions

DIY-gobo foam diffuser no frame front strapsA simple “no-frame” construction method is first described to give you the quick and easy option of just attaching some straps to a couple mic stands.

Use Construction adhesive to attach the Cutting Wedge® Foam to the back of the panel in a checkerboard pattern (each panel 90° rotated from adjacent.) Then flip the panel and attach the 8 Cutting Wedge® panels to the bottom of the front. (the bottom of the gobo creates a corner with the floor, we want to put absorption there to limit the bass.)

Use Construction adhesive again to attach the 4 Diffusers to the top and front of the Plywood (Follow the installation instructions for adhesive placement)

If you with to attach to mic stands, just attach the hook and loop straps to the panel along the edge, roughly where the diagram to the right is indicating, and you are done…

If you would like to create a simple rolling frame, a design for one is shown in the bottom diagram on the right.  Other frame designs can be used; they can even be hung from the ceiling if you are going to keep reusing the same configuration, or if the configuration is going to be used long term.

One of the great benefits of building gobos is the flexibility you have in your use and placement of them.  They can allow for your space to seem much larger, by creating separation between instruments.  They are easily made, easy and quick to set up, they can be stored away, or just lean up against a wall or corner to provide more acoustic treatment when not in use.

DIY-gobo foam diffuser -new standCreate a mini vocal booth.

Use as a giant corner bass trap.

Enclose your noisy drummer.

Gobos have hundreds of uses.

Make your own today!

This simple DIY project is provided as a way for our customers to learn better ways to use our products and get more value out of the products they buy.  If you are looking for more ways to use the products you have, look to Acoustics First for Ideas.  http://www.acousticsfirst.com

A little History…

If you embark on this little construction project, you will be constructing studio elements that have remained basically unchanged since at least the early 1970’s.  Handmade Gobos have been used in many of the top studios for effective noise control for over 40 years – These versions pay homage to those early pioneers who built what they needed, because it was the only way to get exactly what they needed.

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide.  Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers.  For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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DIY: Fix Music Stand Ringing and Reflection

DIY Project – Music/Copy Stand Cover

Take a few seconds and DIY fix some of the common problems with using metal music stands!

DIY-covered music standNot too many people think about their music stands, but we all have them somewhere.  Usually it’s one of those you see to the right – the great, sturdy, utilitarian devices that they are.  Unfortunately, there are a couple inherent problems with these:

  • Ringing – The metal resonates causing a ringing effect.
  • Reflections – many times you are using a stand close to a microphone and getting early reflections off the stand.

Here’s a few DIY fixes for these common problems.

  • a few feet of composite foam will give you both reflection and ringing fixes

The ultimate suggestion would be the Composite Foam/Barrier adhered directly to the stand, then covered with Sound Channels® fabric – This would turn your stand into a mini absorber.

Do the front and back! Make a slip cover for a temporary/removable solution.

This simple DIY project is provided as a way for our customers to learn better ways to use our products and get more value out of the products they buy.  If you are looking for more ways to use the products you have, look to Acoustics First for Ideas.  http://www.acousticsfirst.com

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide.  Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers.  For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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DIY: Isolation Stand for Speakers and Instrument Amplifiers

DIY Project – Float your Loudspeakers and Monitors

Keep your Amps and Monitors from shaking the house down!

Instrument amplifiers, loudspeakers, and studio monitors all have the potential to cause structural vibrations. These vibrations can have an adverse effect on the listening environments, and can bleed into other microphones and instruments.  Here’s an easy DIY project for floating those noisy guitar and bass cabinets (this project can be scaled up or down – from studio monitors to subwoofers).DIY-platfloat - decon explode

Stuff you will need:

  • 2 – 2’x2’x3/4” Plywood (whatever size you want)
  • 2’x2’ Carpet Underlayment (Same size as Plywood)
  • 2”x4”x8’ Lumber for frame (More if scaling larger)
  • About 1 cu.ft. Clean Dry Sand (Sandbox Sand)
  • 3’x3’ Industrial Carpet (Enough to cover platform)
  • Vib-X Pad to cut at least 4 – 2” Squares for feet
  • Construction Adhesive

Simple assembly

  1. Create Frame and attach to bottom Plywood
  2. Attach Vib-X feet to bottom
  3. Fill with Sand
  4. Attach Plywood top
  5. Adhere Carpet Underlayment to top
  6. Carpet Box

DIY-platfloat - decon assembledThis plan is for a 2’x2’ platform. You can scale these or use more than one. Scale with caution – the sand makes these extremely heavy. What you are building is a floating platform. Keeping the sound from being transmitted into the floor below effectively decouples the speaker, making it “float”. In essence, the vibrations are being absorbed before getting to a solid surface, allowing for a more transparent listening experience and keeping the vibrations from interfering with other instruments in the area.

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This simple DIY project is provided as a way for our customers to learn better ways to use our products and get more value out of the products they buy.  If you are looking for more ways to use the products you have, look to Acoustics First for Ideas.  http://www.acousticsfirst.com

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide.  Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers.  For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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Model E Art Diffusors seen in Oddities East/West Marathon Trailer

If you watch closely, you will see the Acoustics First Model E Art Diffusor behind Khalil Ismael in the studio.

Seen @ 2 sec | 7 sec | 10 sec

Oddities East/West Marathon from Tyler Korba on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/45943583

Video Credit goes to:
VP Creative – Dan Bragg
Creative Director – Tom King
Writer/Producer – Tyler Korba Eye Candy DC
Creative Director – Heather Roymans
Editor – Justin Kanner
GFX – Andy Hsu Clean Cuts
Vocals – Khalil Ismael
Sound Design/Mix – Cadell Cook

For more information on diffusers, please visit:  http://www.acousticsfirst.com/diffusers-diffusors.htm

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Cutting Wedge Acoustical Foam Featured on 2012 Loudspeaker Sourcebook

Cutting Wedge Acoustical Foam makes the CoverAcoustics First’s Cutting Wedge acoustical foam is featured on the cover of the 2012 Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook.  Acoustical foam can be used in any application that requires sound absorption.  This material is used to prevent destructive specular reflections from distorting or color sound.  It eliminates room modes and standing waves.  Cutting Wedge foam provides more absorption than flat foam by increasing the exposed surface area with its “blade” pattern.

Cutting Wedge Classic Acoustical FoamAvailable in 2″, 3″ and  4″ thick material, this premium acoustical foam can be used to line the cavities of speaker boxes, remove reflections in recording & broadcast studios, quiet machinery and much more.  1’x1′ or 2’x4′ sheets allow the application to be designed however you with to provide optimal coverage for your application.

http://www.acousticsfirst.com/acoustical-foam-cutting-wedge-classic.htm

For more information, feel free to contact Acoustics First,  Toll Free 888-765-2900 | info@acousticsfirst.com | www.AcousticsFirst.com

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide.  Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers.  For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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