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Acoustic Foam Tiles & Bass Traps – Soundproof Foam

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.

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.

GB Foam Celebrating 40 Years in Business
40 Years In BUsiness

GB Foam have been offering foam cut to size from our factory since 1976.

Foam Made In The UK
Hand Made In THe UK

We employ the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry.

Foam Made In The UK
ISO 9001 Quality

Our team work to the ISO 9001 quality standards to guarantee only the best

Super Fast Foam Delivery
Super Fast Delivery

All orders placed before 11:30am will be despatched for next working day delivery

5 Year Foam Guarantee
5 Year Guarantee

Our foam comes with a 5 year guarantee against faults in manufacture.

Flame Retardant Foam
Flame Retardant

Our entire range of foam exceed UK safety and flammability standards.

Why Would You Need Acoustic Foam

Acoustic Foam Soundproofing Studio

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 works in your recording room, you’ll be able to benefit the most from your acoustic products. 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 source of the sound. Indirect sound, on the other hand, is reflected into your ear; off a wall for example.

direct vs indirect sound

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.

standing waves out of phase sound

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 room’s 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.

standing waves combine in phase sound

Stereo Image

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.

stereo image sound treatment

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.

early reflections reverb echoes impulse response

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.

flutter echo diagram

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.

direct vs indirect sound

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.

low frequency bass trap acoustic foam

How Acoustic Foam Benefits Your Recording Studio

Acoustic Foam Wedge

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.

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