Recording studios exist not just to isolate sound and noise from entering and exiting, but also to create an atmosphere where the music being recorded or mixed can be heard clearly and true. Sound waves move at different frequencies, bounce and reflect off of surroundings and even pass through them. Because of this, the items in a room, its building materials and even its shape have an impact on how music sounds. Reverberation and distortion can be reflected around a space and high and low frequencies can be absorbed or diffused at different rates, also impacting how music is heard.
Correctly implemented sound acoustic treatment is the solution to this issue in studios, be they professional, pay-to-play setups or home studios for those passionate about their music. For individuals looking to improve either one of these or any other type of sound space, custom foam is a material that can be utilized to clarify sound and music. Acoustical wall tiles come in multitudes of colors and design patterns, from recognizable eggcrate, to involved patterns like wedges, pyramids, waves and more. These help diffuse high and middle frequencies from reflecting around a studio.
Bass absorbers placed in the corners of rooms can work on low frequency issues and broadband absorbers and studio columns can help with middle frequencies impacting a space. There are foam supplies that can even be used in the building of studios, from drop ceiling tiles or sound barriers for the ceiling of rooms, to closed-cell foam blocks that can decouple a room from the rest of a building and be used in a sprung-floor or a “room within a room” construction for the ultimate in sound isolation.