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Our acoustic foam will greatly reduce reverberation, reflections and flutter echoes
Are you looking for acoustic foam or sound proof foam for your recording studio, home theater, music room, or cinema? With the GB Foam acoustic team on hand, we can help you not only soundproof a room but improve the audio quality by reducing reverberation, reflections, and flutter echoes.
If you have any acoustic foam requirements please contact us. Our acoustic team are also available to talk to on the phone on 01494 44 11 77.
Precision Made Soundproof Foam in the UK
Our state of the art factory in High Wycombe is equipped with the latest CNC cutting technology allowing us to create perfectly accurate acoustic foam tiles again and again at a fraction of the cost of others available online.
Combined with our premium high-density polyether acoustic grade foam and unique profile shapes we offer the best quality soundproofing online.
As UK Foam specialists with over 40 years’ experience we know everything there is about the various grades of foam out there. Our specialist acoustic foam tile grade is manufactured specially to achieve the optimum sound absorption across the entire frequency spectrum.
The Best Sound Absorption at A Fraction of the Price
These tiles effectively eliminate any high-frequency sound wave incident applied on them by creating several deflection surfaces. When the sound waves hit the peaks and valleys of the foam they get deflected in several directions weakening them. The open cell structure of our specially selected acoustic foam grades then absorbs the sounds.
Our precise CNC cut valleys are much greater than that of our competitors which help to trap air within them forming resonant chambers. These chambers broaden the spectrum of absorption in the medium frequency range.
For lower frequency absorption, thicker tiles are required. Very low frequencies, for example, require super thick blocks of foam to completely absorb the sound incident. However, with correct positioning of our tiles, you can greatly reduce the lower frequency distortion.
Improving Standards – While Reducing Costs
By working directly with us as the manufacturer we are able to offer a better specification acoustic foam tile at the same price point as cheaper products. In simple terms, we are able to ‘cut out the middle man’ to provide direct savings to you.
Quality Fire Retardant Foam Made to UK Standards
Our acoustic wedge tiles conform to stringent fire tests and are suitable for studios, cinema rooms or anywhere acoustic control is required.
ISO 9001 Quality
Our acoustic specialist team work to ISO 9001 quality standards to guarantee only the best acoustic foam leaves our foam 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 for those of you with recording studios. Here at GB Foam Direct, we supply an abundance of acoustic foam in the form of tiles, acoustic bass traps, room kits and more. We’re one of the most competitively priced suppliers of foam on the market and have served many happy customers throughout our forty years in the industry.
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. Acoustic foam is primarily used to improve the acoustics of a room, this is particularly beneficial for large rooms, where the sound is more likely to bounce around. The most effective way to absorb sound is to soften the 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 any sound produced ricochets off of a solid surface and bounces back to your ears. It absorbs these sounds and doesn’t allow them to deflect off of its surface. As a result, you are likely to notice a drastic change in the quality of your recorded sound or the acoustics of your room.
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 foam tiles in order to suit your particular needs.
If you’re primarily dealing with high-frequency sound waves, you’ll want to invest in foam tiles with multiple pyramid shapes. These sound waves can be harder to control, however they get caught within the pyramid shapes and deflect in multiple directions. This, as a result, deadens the unwanted sound waves.
Acoustic foam valleys are ideal for midrange frequencies. The air pockets within these foam tiles, as well as the valleys themselves, are ideal for medium sound waves.
Low-frequency sound waves can only be absorbed properly using thicker blocks of foam. These sound waves are more resilient to absorption and as such require thicker foam blocks in order to fully stop them.
Benefits of Acoustic Foam
As music and movie lovers, GB Foam specialise in acoustic foam to improve 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 sound proofing.
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 that your brain then interprets as sound.
These sound waves travel through one or more media, enters your ears and lights up the brain. The only way to stop it is to interrupt this chain of events somewhere along the route. This is where our acoustic foam comes in.
When recording music for example it is important to block out sounds from the outside such as traffic. Using the science above the sound waves enter the room by travelling through the outside air and hitting a window or wall causing them to vibrate on the other side. This results in the noise entering your recording studio and ruining your recordings. By utilising acoustic foam, you are preventing these sound waves and vibrations from entering and also leaving the room by absorbing all of the energy.
Our professional range of acoustic tiles are designed to absorb even greater amounts of noise than others available. The specialist cut shape of the foam bounces sound waves and further absorbs sound resulting in a huge reduction of reverberation, reflections and flutter echoes.
Furthermore, our acoustic foam is made in the UK to the highest British standards passing fire tests utilising our UL94 HF1 Classification foam.
SoundFix Sound Guide – Sound Proofing Foam, Acoustic Foam Tiles & Bass Traps
By understanding the way in which sound works in your recording room, you’ll be able to benefit the most from your acoustic foam. The diagrams below outline such topics as reflections, reverberation, direct and indirect sound, flutter echoes and more.
What is Direct and Indirect Sound?
All sound that we hear is made up of a combination of direct and indirect sounds. Direct sound is delivered to your ear straight from the sounds source. Indirect sound on the other hand is reflected into your ear; off a wall for example.
What are Primary Reflections?
A Primary reflection is a soundwave which has only reflected off one surface. They are known to cause the most interference to the way we perceive sound. Having only bounced from a singular surface, primary soundwaves still contain a large amount of energy. They also occur very soon after we detect direct sound, which causes us to hear both sources together. This is known as “Phase Cancellation” which causes some frequencies to be perceived as unusually quiet. This can lead to mistakes being made in the mixing process.
A standing wave (otherwise known as a room mode) occurs when a reflected soundwave combines with a direct soundwave. This tends to occur when one or more of the rooms dimensions is a direct multiple of a sounds wavelength. If two waves are of the same frequency they are said to be in-phase. The result, we will hear both waves at the same frequency, but as they are combined they will have a higher amplitude.
Some sounds can lead to stereo image confusion. For example, if indirect sound was to reflect from the left speaker into your right ear, it could lead to confusion during a mix.
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 recording 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?
Flutter echoes occur when sound is reflected between two parallel surfaces. Sound waves continue to move back and forth as you can see from the diagram below. We perceive this as a fast, digital delay, which reduces sound clarity when mixing. A good recording using a microphone can be ruined by the presence of flutter echoes.
Why Use SoundFix Acoustic Tiles?
We can utilise the properties of acoustic foam to absorb great deals of energy at reflection points. 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 the 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.