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Best Soundproof Foam for Music Production


Are you planning to build a new studio for music production or trying to improve the sound quality of your existing studio? Resonant sound — echoes bouncing off of smooth walls — is one of the top killers of sound quality in small recording studios. Soundproof foam is an easy, affordable solution. Soundproof foam can make it possible for you to record bands playing together without crosstalk ruining your mix. It deadens bass frequencies, isolates vocals and reduces the transmission of sound to other rooms in your home or studio. If you’re having trouble creating mixes that sound clean and professional, soundproof foam is exactly what your studio needs.

Not sure where to begin? These are the best soundproof foam options for music production — but first, here’s a bit of background information that can help you decide whether soundproof foam will give your room the acoustic properties that you want.

How Soundproof Foam Works

Strictly speaking, it is actually more accurate to call soundproof foam “acoustic foam” because foam isn’t truly soundproof. The only way to completely soundproof a room is to isolate the room in such a way that vibrations can’t escape it. However, soundproof foam does absorb some of the energy of sound waves to prevent them from bouncing around a room. When sound waves enter the small pores in the foam, friction results. The friction converts the waves to heat and prevents them from reflecting back. When it lines a room, soundproof foam deadens echoes and tightens bass frequencies. Soundproof foam can also reduce the transmission of sound to other rooms — but only slightly. True soundproofing requires thicker materials such as heavy glass and sheetrock.

Foamily Acoustic Studio Foam

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Price:

$17.99

Why we like it:

It’s an affordable solution for absorbing sound in a small space such as a vocal booth or control room.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Effective at reducing echo in small spaces
  • Fire retardant

Cons:

  • Thin and can tear easily
  • Poor noise reduction properties

Beefoam Acoustic Wedge Studio Foam Panels

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Price:

$39.99

Why we like it:

It’s a thicker acoustic foam that ships in a nice box and includes a roll of mounting tape. It’s not compressed; you can use it directly from the box.

Pros:

  • Fire retardant
  • Comes with a satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes mounting tape
  • Excellent room deadening properties

Cons:

  • Some have had trouble getting the mounting tape to adhere

Mybecca Acoustic Panels

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Price:

$89.99

Why we like it:

It’s a stylish set of acoustic foam wedges that provides 48 square feet of sound absorption. These wedges are perfectly cut to ensure that your room will look great.

Pros:

  • Fire retardant
  • Looks great
  • Noise reduction coefficient of up to 90 percent

Cons:

  • A little expensive compared to some other acoustic foams

Soundproof Store Charcoal Acoustic Pyramid Studio Foam

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Price:

$55.99

Why we like it:

This foam’s massive pyramids are four inches tall to provide top-quality deadening for broadband noise.

Pros:

  • Superior noise absorption in all frequency ranges
  • Pyramids are uniform for perfect panel alignment

Cons:

  • With only 12 square feet of coverage, it’s quite expensive

BQLZR Fiberglass Acoustic Panels

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Price:

$106.37

Why we like it:

Since it uses fiberglass rather than foam, it’s an acoustic panel with real volume reduction properties. It won’t fully soundproof a room, but it will prevent some of the sound from escaping.

Pros:

  • Provides some noise reduction without room isolation
  • Fabric covering reduces fiberglass exposure

Cons:

  • Although the panels have fabric coverings, the fiberglass can be an irritant to some

Auralex Acoustics SonoFlat Acoustic Absorption Foam

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Price:

$419.99

Why we like it:

With a noise reduction coefficient of 95 percent, it’s quite possibly the best acoustic foam on the market. It also looks great.

Pros:

  • Fire retardant
  • Highest noise reduction coefficient

Cons:

  • Extremely expensive

Foamily Acoustic Foam Bass Traps

Foamily Acoustic Foam Bass Traps

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Price:

$24.99

Why we like it:

Its a great solution for deadening the bass frequencies that can make a room sound boomy.

Pros:

  • Affordable way to put high-density foam in the corners of a room
  • Prevents bass frequencies from overwhelming your recordings

Cons:

  • Only four units per package

Pyle PSIB27 Soundproofing Foam Filter Cube

Pyle PSIB27 Soundproofing Foam Filter Cube

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Price:

$39.99

Why we like it:

It’s a flexible solution for isolating a vocal or instrument mic.

Pros:

  • Holds virtually any condenser or dynamic microphone
  • Helps to prevent the microphone from capturing unwanted sounds

Cons:

  • Provides no isolation for the musician

Pyle PSi24 Acoustic Isolation Wall With Stand

Pyle PSi24 Acoustic Isolation Wall With Stand

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Price:

$127.14

Why we like it:

It’s a portable isolation wall that can separate musicians during a live recording or reduce echoes in an environment that you aren’t allowed to modify permanently.

Pros:

  • Adjusts for horizontal or vertical positioning
  • Stores flat when not in use
  • Weighs less than eight pounds for easy transportation

Cons:

  • Not a comprehensive solution for sound deadening; studio walls may still produce unwanted echo without additional acoustic foam

Auralex Acoustics DeskMAX Stand-Mounted Portable Acoustic Treatment Panels

Pyle PSIB27 Soundproofing Foam Filter Cube

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Price:

$249.99

Why we like it:

It provides instant improvement in sound quality for vocal music and spoken word recordings. Place it in front of the vocalist and microphone. It’s also great when placed between a wall and a set of studio monitors.

Pros:

  • Perfect sound deadening solution for professional vocals, voiceover work or podcasting

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Not tall enough for floor mounting