A Step-By-Step DIY Guide On How To Make Bass Traps
Recording and mixing music is a talent that few possess. If you want to be successful in the industry, it’s all about creating the right sound. Having proper equipment is just the start.
Your space must be acoustically complete to produce beautiful music. One of the ways that you can heighten the sound you want is by incorporating bass traps. These little traps are the secret ingredient to the perfection you crave.
Thankfully, using cost-effective, DIY methods, you can make these traps for less.
Understanding Bass Traps
DIY Bass Trap Material List
You need to create a blueprint for this job, which will include how many traps you need and their size. The dimensions will be designed for your specific space, and they are not universal. However, the materials and tools are the same for the job. The tools needed are as follows:
Materials needed are as follows:
You may already have many of these supplies on hand. You should always pull from your reserves to save money. Additionally, the material needs will increase depending upon the number of traps you wish to create.
How to Make Bass Traps
The hardest part of the project is trying to cut the wood and put together the frame. It’s better to get the most challenging part out of the way first. Here are the steps to creating the perfect bass trap:
Step 1: Make Wood Cuts
Using your blueprints, cut the wood to the appropriate size. You can either create a triangle-shaped box or one that is panel styled. Both styles will serve the same purpose.
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- SMOOTH SURFACE: The unfinished wood surface allows you to easily use paint, wood stain, stencils, ribbon, lace, beads, and embellishments to customize the precut wood rectangles
Step 2: Design the Frame
Use the wood to make a frame.
Step 4: Wrap the Fabric Around Box
Make Triangular Bass Traps
While the shape of the wood you cut is different, the steps involved in creating the panel and triangular bass traps are very similar. The size, shape, and number of panels you cut are different depending on the style you select. First, here are the steps for the triangle bass traps.
Step 1: Devise a Plan – Create the Blueprint
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Step 2: Making the Cuts
Step 3: Assembling the Frame
Before you put the Gorilla Glue on the wood, it makes things easier to get the end of the wood wet. Plywood is a little thin, so you can use staples to put it together. If you choose a thicker wood, then you should use screws to hold the frame together.
Regardless of what you use, you want the frames to be nice and tight.
Step 4: Insulating the Trap
Step 5: Upholstering the Frame
The fabric should be cut using the blueprint dimension, with an additional amount added so you can fabric it tightly. While you don’t have to wrap the entire box, it will make the final product look better.
You may need to enlist the help of another person to get the fabric right. Spray adhesive is a great option to help wrap the trap. It will also allow you to have an exceptional finished product. You can use staples to secure the fabric once it’s glued down.
Making Panel Bass Traps
The simplest of the forms is the panel traps, as there are no triangles to create. Their basic style is perfect for the beginning do-it-yourself master. Even though these are easy to make, you still need a good plan to pull off this project seamlessly.
Step 1: Drafting the Blueprints
Step 2: Make the Wood Cuts
With these bass traps, your dimension is the same size as the fiberglass panels. You can make your woodcuts based on these sizes.
Step 3: Assembling the Frame
Step 4: Upholstering the Trap
DIY Bass Traps Are Amazing
It’s not time-consuming or difficult to build a bass trap. The key is having a good plan and making sure that you get the measurements correct. Sure, you can purchase these traps, but you won’t have the pride that comes with knowing you created something with your hands.