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Do bass traps 'contain' the bass?
Old 19th January 2013
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Do bass traps 'contain' the bass?

Do bass traps have the ability to contain the bass inside an untreated room so that a noticeable amount of bass that is escaping out of the room be significantly attenuated from the bass heard in an adjacent room?

I'm interested in buying bass traps to solve this acoustic problem but want to be sure this will do the job.
Old 19th January 2013
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It'll do a lil but not much
Old 19th January 2013
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You are talking about soundproofing - basstraps will make no real difference (maybe a slight theoretical one, but meh....).

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Old 19th January 2013
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They mainly control reflections, not what passes through the walls.
Old 19th January 2013
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They work by converting air motion energy into heat energy.

In order for a trap to function as soundproofing, it would have to be shoved up directly against the speaker and convert all of the low freq air motion energy from the driver into heat. The people in the next room wouldn't hear bass, but neither would you, in the room. Might save a few pennies on your heating bill
Old 19th January 2013
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The really good ones will trap the bass frequencies. I like to shake mine out every couple of weeks to release them. (hate that sound they make.)
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The really good ones will trap the bass frequencies. I like to shake mine out every couple of weeks to release them. (hate that sound they make.)
But sometimes it's good to save it for later, in case your mix needs a little oomph. Then you stick a mic inside in omni and sample those beefy frequencies
Old 20th January 2013
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Do bass traps have the ability to contain the bass inside an untreated room so that a noticeable amount of bass that is escaping out of the room be significantly attenuated from the bass heard in an adjacent room?

I'm interested in buying bass traps to solve this acoustic problem but want to be sure this will do the job.
Traps' tuning and placement aim to reducing standing waves inside the room. Standing waves' frequencies depend on room geometry. In general the frequencies that escape a room are superset of the limited set of that room's standing waves.

Bottom line: you may reduce something by chance but don't have any control over the whole process (by using just traps).
Old 20th January 2013
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they aren't going to make your neighbors any happier about what you are doing, if that's what you are asking

great for the sound in the room, though

true soundproofing is hard, expensive and takes up space - and if you don't do a complete job of it, if you 'miss a spot', you might as well have done nothing.
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The really good ones will trap the bass frequencies. I like to shake mine out every couple of weeks to release them. (hate that sound they make.)
be very careful not to drop them, you could end up releasing half a month's worth of bass all at once!
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be very careful not to drop them, you could end up releasing half a month's worth of bass all at once!
You don't want that. I once had a week's worth land on my foot. 'Hertz' doesn't begin to describe it.
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'Hertz' doesn't begin to describe it.
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be very careful not to drop them, you could end up releasing half a month's worth of bass all at once!
Reminds me of Carlin talking about knocking farts out of the truck's seat with a baseball bat...
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You don't want that. I once had a week's worth land on my foot. 'Hertz' doesn't begin to describe it.



NICE!
Old 24th January 2013 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by joeq ➑️
they aren't going to make your neighbors any happier about what you are doing, if that's what you are asking

great for the sound in the room, though

true soundproofing is hard, expensive and takes up space - and if you don't do a complete job of it, if you 'miss a spot', you might as well have done nothing.
Lol I was hoping it would, the neighbors just started to complain about it. :/

I know i'm bumping this thread, but this thread really explained alot. haha
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