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    I finished building my basement. The floors are Bamboo hardwood and the walls are sheetrock. The ceiling is 9' tall.

    I am looking for ideas/design to dampen the echo in the room. I will probably get the acoustic foam from thefoamfactory.com but not sure which exact foam to get the placement of the foam.

    Would appreciate any design ideas.

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    omg, you got all that space for your music room? That's awesome.

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    No no no, not foam!

    Foam does nothing for low and mid-low frequencies. It will reduce slap-back echo, but leave all the low stuff bouncing around causing mud in your mixes. You need full frequency trapping (sometimes called bass traps).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    No no no, not foam!

    Foam does nothing for low and mid-low frequencies. It will reduce slap-back echo, but leave all the low stuff bouncing around causing mud in your mixes. You need full frequency trapping (sometimes called bass traps).
    So bass traps in each corner and foam on the walls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkCide View Post
    So bass traps in each corner and foam on the walls?
    No, forget the foam for now! With proper placement of bass traps, you will also get rid of slap back echo. 4" thick or more or superchunks in the corners. 2" (OC 703 or OC705 or equal) in the points of first reflection and ceiling cloud over your mixing position. Back wall and side walls may need some 2", but as your room is quite long, the read wall may benefit from a diffusor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    No, forget the foam for now! With proper placement of bass traps, you will also get rid of slap back echo. 4" thick or more or superchunks in the corners. 2" (OC 703 or OC705 or equal) in the points of first reflection and ceiling cloud over your mixing position. Back wall and side walls may need some 2", but as your room is quite long, the read wall may benefit from a diffusor.
    You know where I can get pre-covered OC 703? Not looking to spend the time to covering them myself.

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