Old Towels Are The Best Material For Cheap DIY Sound Absorption Panels

Video: If you’re looking to create a quiet recording environment without breaking the budget, a stack of old towels might be all you need. In this video from the DIY Perks YouTube channel, Matt Perks tests the sound absorption quality of cheap, easy-to-find materials. Perks tested thin, flat sponge; egg holder sponge; two layers of egg holder sponge; a seat cushion and a folded towel with a spread of 17khz, 13khz, 10khz, 7khz and 5khz frequencies. All in all, Perks found that a folded towel, either four layers thick or 12 layers thick, absorbed the most of all frequencies. Best of all, you can buy a bunch of old towels at op shops for only a few bucks. If you’re looking to build your own custom sound absorption panels, Perks shows you how in the second half of the video above.

How to Make High Performance Sound Absorption Panels for $US5 ($6) [YouTube]


  • The information presented is a complete furphy. The test is of sound transmission through the materials, not absorption of reflection when the material is installed as it would normally be against a wall. Also, he presents his results as a linear comparison instead of in decibels. I could go on.

    The presenter has absolutely no technical knowledge about what he is talking about.

    It is ironic that his premise is that many vlog’s, Youtube vidoes etc are recorded in rooms with poor acoustics – and his own room is one of those.

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