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Here at GB Foam Direct you can buy a variety of acoustic foam products. Designed to improve acoustics in any room, these products help to enhance the quality of live and recorded sound.
Acoustic foam is made to treat room acoustics. Sometimes referred to as soundproof foam, it reduces reverberation, reflections and flutter echoes which cause sound interference. Soundproof foam effectively absorbs energy contained within a variety of sound waves. This prevents them from bouncing around rooms and causing sound distortion.
Below you will find acoustic tiles and bass traps in a variety of colours and styles. Choose from a range of pack sizes and select a colour of your choice to acoustically treat your room!
If you have any soundproof foam related questions please contact us. You can also call on 01494 44 11 77.
Acoustic Foam Calculator - How Many Acoustic Panels Do You Need
Measure & Enter Your Wall Size To Work Out How Many Acoustic Panels You Need
If you wish to cover an entire wall with our acoustic foam panels, carefully measure your wall and enter the size into our instant calculator below. This will tell you how many of our 300mm panels you need. You can then choose from the available products above. If you wish to cover your ceiling you can easily measure the width and length of your room for similar calculations. Please note, we stock panels in specific pack sizes to ensure they are dispatched for next working day delivery.
Precision Made Soundproof Foam in the UK
Our factory in High Wycombe is equipped with the latest CNC foam cutting technology. This allows us to create soundproof foam products at a fraction of the cost of others available online.
By combining premium high-density acoustic grade foam and unique CNC cut shapes, we can offer you the best quality in soundproof foam products!
As UK Foam specialists with over 40 years’ experience, we know what it takes to make great soundproof foam products. Our specialist acoustic grade foam is manufactured to achieve optimum sound absorption across an entire range of frequencies.
The Best Sound Absorption at A Fraction of the Price
Our acoustic tiles lessen the energy output of mid to high-frequency sound waves. This is achieved by softening reflection points. When sound waves hit the peaks and valleys of the foam, the energy they contain is reduced. This inhibits them from traveling and helps to improve overall sound quality in your room of choice.
The CNC cut valleys of our acoustic tiles products help to trap air and form resonant chambers. These chambers broaden the absorption rate of medium frequency sound waves.
For lower frequency absorption, thicker tiles and bass traps are required. Very low frequencies are particularly difficult to control due to the high amounts of energy they contain. However, with correct positioning of tiles and bass traps you can prevent interference caused by these sound waves.
Improving Standards – While Reducing Costs
By buying directly from the manufacturer you’ll receive a better specification acoustic product at a similar price point to cheaper retail products. Every product you see here is manufactured exclusively by us. There are no third parties, meaning we offer you the best prices.
Quality Fire Retardant Foam Made to UK Standards
Our acoustic products conform to stringent fire safety requirements and are suitable for studios, cinemas, offices or anywhere else acoustic control is required. If you would like to discuss flammability specifications and suitability, please feel free to contact us.
ISO 9001 Quality
We work to ISO 9001 quality control standards and guarantee that only the best acoustic products leave our factory.
Why Choose GB Foam For Your Foam Cut To Size?
Our factory is equipped with the latest CNC cutting technology and throughout the years we have employed the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry. Many members of the team have worked for the company for several decades and their attention to detail and quality control is something that only comes with years of knowledge and experience.
We have many customers who started with us in 1976 and are still working with us today, which we like to think reflects on our vision to be the most dynamic foam converter in our industry. For us no job is too big or too small. We offer the same level of service and delivery whether you are a retail customer ordering one piece of foam from home, or a large manufacturer ordering daily.
40 Years In BUsiness
GB Foam have been offering foam cut to size from our factory since 1976.
Hand Made In THe UK
We employ the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry.
ISO 9001 Quality
Our team work to the ISO 9001 quality standards to guarantee only the best
Super Fast Delivery
All orders placed before 11:30am will be despatched for next working day delivery
5 Year Guarantee
Our foam comes with a 5 year guarantee against faults in manufacture.
Our entire range of foam exceed UK safety and flammability standards.
Why Would You Need Acoustic Foam
Acoustic foam is ideal for use in a range of applications, including within recording studios, home theatres, rehearsal rooms, music rooms, cinemas, concert halls and even places of worship.
It is integral as a means to isolate the noise output produced within a variety of rooms. It can also help to improve the sound quality of recordings.
Here at GB Foam Direct, we supply acoustic tiles, bass traps, room kits and more! We’re one of the UK’s largest and most trusted foam converters and have served many happy customers since establishing in 1976.
What is Acoustic Foam?
The purpose of this type of foam is to reduce resonating sound within a room in order to improve sound quality and speech clarity. As such, it is a popular choice for use in recording studios.
Acoustic foam is made from a combination of polyurethane foam and melamine foam. It is lightweight and possesses an open cellular structure. It is incredibly easy to use and can be mounted to a variety of surfaces including walls, doors, and ceilings.
How Does Acoustic Foam Work?
Acoustic foam has exceptional sound absorbing properties. It has the ability to eliminate or reduce any exterior, background or echoing sounds. It is primarily used to improve the acoustics of a room. This is particularly beneficial for large rooms where sound is more likely to bounce around.
The most effective way to absorb sound is to soften large surfaces by mounting acoustic foam to them. This includes walls, floors, ceilings, and connecting corridors.
Acoustic foam works by reducing or eliminating sound reverberation. Sound reverberation is created when sound waves ricochet off of a solid surface and bounce back to your ears.
Acoustic products absorb these sounds and don’t allow them to deflect off of surfaces. As a result, you are likely to notice a significant improvement in your room acoustics.
Which Acoustic Foam Should I Be Using?
Sound comes in a variety of pitches and tones. These range from high frequency sounds to low-frequency sounds.
Different types of sound require different types of acoustic treatment. As such, we’ve developed a range of acoustic products to suit all needs.
Our acoustic tiles are ideal for mid to high-frequency soundwave absorption. Low-frequency soundwaves, however, can only be treated using thicker blocks of foam.
These sound waves are more resilient to absorption due to the large amounts of energy they possess. Low-frequency sound waves (or bass) should be controlled using CNC cut acoustic bass traps.
Benefits of Acoustic Foam
GB Foam specialise in acoustic products to help improve the clarity of sound and prevent unwanted noise elsewhere in the workplace or home.
Briefly understanding the science of sound can help you improve and reduce it with soundproofing.
Sound is a type of energy that is produced when an object vibrates. This energy expels outwards causing the surrounding air and objects to vibrate until what’s left of the energy reaches our eardrums. Once it reaches the ear it stimulates the cells and your brain interprets this as sound.
These sound waves travel through one or more channels. They enter your ears and light up your brain. The only way to stop it is to interrupt this chain of events somewhere along the route. This is where acoustic products come in.
When recording music, for example, it is important to block out sounds from the outside. Sound waves enter the room by traveling through the outside air. They could hit a window or a wall, which will cause them to vibrate on the other side. Thus, the noise enters your recording studio and ruins your recordings.
With the use of acoustic products, you can help to prevent these sound waves from entering and leaving the room. This is because soundproof foam absorbs significant levels of sound wave energy.
Our professional range of acoustic tiles is designed to absorb even greater amounts of noise than many others on the market. The specialist shape of our foam tiles absorbs sound waves, resulting in a huge reduction in reverberation, reflections, and flutter echoes.
The acoustic products you see here are only made in the UK to the very best standards. They conform to ISO 9001 quality control specifications and even exceed UK Fire Safety regulations!
SoundFix Sound Guide – Soundproof Foam, Acoustic Foam Tiles & Bass Traps
By understanding the way in which sound and acoustic foam work, you’ll be able to get the most benefit from your purchase.
The descriptions below outline topics such as – how acoustic foam is made, correct monitor positioning, reflections, reverberation, direct and indirect sound, flutter echoes and more.
How Acoustic Foam is Made
Like many other types of foam you may be familiar with, acoustic foam is a polyurethane foam. This foam is usually made from 50% polyol, 40% polyisocyanates and 10% water/other chemicals.
All these chemicals are reactive to each other. As such, they must be blended together inside a mixing head. This is what helps to kickstart the foaming process.
Once the chemicals have been mixed together, they are poured onto a conveyer belt. This conveyer belt moves at a slow speed.
As the mixture moves along the conveyer belt, it begins to rise forming a long block of foam. At this stage, the foam is referred to as slabstock.
The slabstock continues to move slowly along the conveyer belt, still rising as time passes. Eventually, it meets a horizontal bandsaw which cuts the slabstock into smaller, more manageable blocks of polyurethane foam.
From here, these blocks are unloaded and left to cure for around 12 hours. Once the foam blocks have had enough time to cure they can be sent for conversion. Here the foam is cut using specialist equipment. It is made into a variety of acoustic treatment products which you can use in your home or workplace.
Some rooms require different levels of acoustic treatment. As such, it is important to understand to some degree the range of frequencies which you wish to treat. Professional studios deal with frequencies across a wide spectrum, as such, a room like this would require acoustic treatment which can contain frequencies from low to high.
Take a look at this diagram. It shows the average decibels of a raised and normal tone voice. Somebody speaking in both of these manners may be found in a classroom or conference room for example. As you can see from the diagram, the largest proportion of energy is situated from 300Hz to 1500Hz. Because of this, it would be wise to seek acoustic treatment which is capable of dealing with frequencies in this range.
What is Direct and Indirect Sound?
Sound can be either direct or indirect. Direct sound travels straight from the source of sound to your ears. Indirect sound first reflects off of one or multiple surfaces before reaching your ears. Direct sound waves are original and the clearest. These are the ones we want to hear the most of. By installing acoustic foam in your room of choice, you can reduce the level of indirect sound waves whilst maintaining direct sound waves.
Low Frequencies Vs High Frequencies
Low frequencies contain fewer vibrations than high frequencies. If we were to depict a high-frequency sound wave with a moving line, we would note that it has multiple high climbing peaks and steep dips (waves).
A low-frequency sound wave, on the other hand, would have significantly fewer waves. They would not climb as high and would be a lot less steep.
What are Primary Reflections?
When a sound wave bounces off a reflective surface initially, it becomes a primary reflection. As these sound waves have only bounced off one surface they still contain large amounts of energy. As such, they are the most likely cause of sound interference. By using acoustic foam in your room of choice, you can prevent this interference from happening.
Sound Waves & Surfaces
Depending on the type of surface a sound wave is striking, it will interact with it in different ways. Acoustic foam tiles, for example, are designed to absorb a portion of sound wave energy. They are also commonly shaped in a way which helps to diffuse the sound wave.
The ways in which a sound wave can interact with a surface are as follows – Penetration, Absorption, Reflection, and Diffusion.
When a sound wave passes through a surface it has penetrated it.
If a sound wave dissipates inside a surface it has become absorbed.
Reflection is when a sound wave bounces off a surface and travels in a new direction. This can happen multiple times depending on the amount of energy the sound wave contains and the potential for reflection.
Diffusion occurs when a sound wave strikes a surface which is not flat. In this instance, the sound wave breaks up into multiple parts and travels in various directions.
We use the quarter wavelength rule to determine the optimum placement of acoustic treatment. This is because sound waves are at the most vulnerable at the quarter measurement point. In order to determine the quarter wavelength of a sound wave we must use the following calculation.
First, we must divide the speed of sound (in ft) by the Hertz of the sound. Sound travels at approximately 1132 ft per second. If we were attempting to treat frequencies of 60Hz, we would divide 1132 by 60. This would give us 18. After this, we simply divide 18 by 4 in order to determine the quarter wavelength.
What are Early Reflections and Reverberation?
In a smaller confined room, reflections are usually so close together that we cannot perceive them individually; we call these early reflections. The effect because of this is commonly referred to as reverberation or “reverb” for short. Even in larger rooms, however, this effect can still take place. Eventually, sound reflections will evolve into reverb as they become increasingly more complex.
What are Flutter Echoes?
When sound waves get caught between two solid parallel surfaces, a flutter echo can be created. This causes the sound wave to continuously bounce between the surfaces, passing your ears each time.
We can prevent flutter echoes by acoustically treating at least one of the parallel surfaces. This softens the surface, thus preventing the sound wave from rebounding.
Positioning Your Monitors
Did you know that the position of your monitors can affect the quality of your sound? Ideally, you should be stationed in the center of your room. Your monitors should be placed equidistant on either side of you.
They should also be angled inwards towards you at a 60-degree angle. This helps to ensure that your monitors project sound waves which travel directly to your eardrums.
Why Use SoundFix Acoustic Tiles?
We can utilise the properties of acoustic foam to absorb great deals of sound wave energy. In this diagram, you can see how the energy of a primary reflection is reduced when using a SoundFix acoustic foam tile. The left ear receives much more energy than the right ear does. With an NRC rating of 0.85, as much as 85% of sound energy is absorbed by this acoustic tile.
Why Use SoundFix Bass Traps?
Low frequencies or bass contain much more energy than mid to high-frequency sound waves. As such, thicker acoustic foam is required to absorb low-frequency energy.
Bass traps are an ideal way of managing unwanted low-frequency sound waves which cause sound interference. Bass is much more likely to become trapped in room corners and reflect between the surfaces. Our precision engineered bass traps prevent this.
How Acoustic Foam Benefits Your Recording Studio
Acoustic products are a must-have in any recording studio. Nailing egg boxes that you’ve lifted from the local cafeteria to the wall will only get you so far. There are plenty of benefits to discover by introducing this foam into your recording studio. Soon enough, you’ll be recording your magnum opus to sublimely crisp perfection.
What’s So Great About Acoustic Foam?
Well for one, you’ll finally be able to ditch those egg boxes and that questionable mattress with the dodgy stain. Ok, it’s a given, but using the correct equipment is much more aesthetically pleasing than using old mattresses. It creates a professional looking recording studio and not something that could have been whipped up by The Goonies.
Are you rocking out in your parent’s garage or flaunting something the size of Abbey Road? Either way, your set up is seriously lacking without acoustic foam. By the way, don’t be disheartened if you are still jamming in a garage; from small beginnings come great things. Nirvana, The Who, The Ramones, and The Kinks all started out in garages. However, they also recorded some killer tracks thanks to the help of acoustic foam; nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Acoustic Foam is great because of how versatile it is. It can be cut to size, moved with ease and is extremely easy to wall mount. If you find your recordings aren’t exactly to your liking try moving the foam around. You can even add more or take some away in order to find that perfect balance.
What is Acoustic Foam?
Let’s get scientific for a moment. Acoustic foam is made from polyurethane foam and extruded melamine foam. You can find out more about polyurethane foam by reading our blog post on PU Foam Sheets. Melamine foam, on the other hand, is essentially the main component found in many abrasive cleaning sponges. This doesn’t mean you can cut corners by taping sponges to your wall; seriously, just don’t do it.
Acoustic foam is a very lightweight material, often shaped with pyramid or wedged extremities. It has exceptional sound absorbing properties which work to reduce background noise and echoes. This helps to produce an overall clearer and more pronounced sound when recording. Acoustic foam eliminates noise by controlling sound reverberation. This is the manner in which sound bounces off of walls (the same way in which bats navigate themselves). Noise bouncing around is bad when recording, which is why this foam is designed to improve your room’s acoustics.
What Acoustic Foam is Right for Me?
Our foam tiles are available in a range of styles and each is dependent on your personal recording needs.
For high-frequency sound waves, we recommend foam formed with multiple pyramid shapes. This specialist design helps to absorb sound reverberation, flutter echoes and reflection thus improving the quality of your recording. Pyramids help to deflect sound into multiple directions, which effectively deadens unwanted noise.
Thanks to GB Foam’s highly advanced CNC cutting equipment, our acoustic foam valleys are far more superior than industry competitors. Air becomes trapped within the valleys, creating resonating chambers which help expand upon the potential to absorb medium frequency sound.
For lower frequency absorption, you’ll require thicker foam blocks. This will aid you in fully combating against any unwanted sound pollution.
Purchase Acoustic Foam From GB Foam Today.
All of our foam products exceed UK fire safety regulations. You can read more about this on our Fire Retardant Foam blog post. It’s always good to know that your acoustic foam is flame retardant. Naturally, you want all of that expensive recording equipment and more importantly yourself to remain safe. Purchasing from GB Foam grants you the much-needed assurance you’ll need to create the perfect recording studio.