The Difference Between Acoustic Panels And Bass Traps | Overtone Acoustics

The short answer is that the key difference between bass traps and acoustic panels is that they each treat a different range of frequencies. Acoustic panels absorb and control mid to high frequencies whereas bass traps are used to treat low-frequency noise concerns. A listening environment that has been properly acoustically treated involves the use of both acoustic panels and bass traps to achieve a clear, balanced sound.

The long answer is below, along with what choosing a soundproofing company like Overtone Acoustics can do for you in terms of blending function with artistic style. So whether you are looking for studio soundproofing in particular or you would just like to learn more about acoustic treatment in a general sense, we hope you find this resource practical and informative.

Bass Traps vs. Acoustic Wall Panels

Sadly, most rooms aren’t designed with optimal acoustics in mind. While this fact gives us a livelihood here at Overtone Acoustics, it spells difficulties for folks who are looking to turn an ordinary room into a recording studio, among other examples. As mentioned above, most every room we encounter needs a combination of acoustic panels and bass traps to absorb and repurpose the full range of frequencies.

And while each room is obviously different from the next, smaller rooms have more low-end issues than mid to high-frequency problems. You’ll probably encounter both kinds of problems, but bass-related problems are typically more challenging to properly balance.

Bass traps are almost always installed in corners of rooms because low-end sounds tend to congregate in these areas. Depending on which part of the room you are sitting in, this can dramatically affect the clarity of sound. Instead of a warbled, one-note sound, bass traps help achieve a precise clarity — without losing any of that bassy impact.

Acoustic panels, by contrast, are usually installed directly against a wall. Depending on how naturally “live” or “dead” the room in question is, you might more or fewer acoustic wall panels than the next project. This is why we provide custom acoustic treatment solutions with sound absorbing panels in 18x18, 18x24, 24x24, 24x36, 34x34, and 34x44 size options.

Below, we discuss what Overtone Acoustics brings to the table in particular.

Acoustic Panel Features

Our acoustic panels are sound absorbing, handcrafted in the U.S.A. using premium materials, and come ready to hang. We make sure installation is a breeze for our customers. Other features include:

  • High Quality - Durable construction, dimensional stability, and better absorption than foam panels.
  • Pro Performance - High-density fiber core effectively controls primary reflections and flutter echo.
  • Modern Profile - Provides excellent noise absorption while remaining sleek and stylish.

Bass Trap Features

Our bass traps come in both Diamond Knit and Microsuede styles, with a variety of color choices to boot. Our bass traps are intentionally designed to make sure you feel the bass hit while still obtaining a more organic, “truer” sound. Other features include:

  • High-Density Sound Absorption - Features three inches of highly absorbent cotton denim.
  • Three-Inch Profile - Provides additional low-end attenuation, delivering a truer sound.
  • Handcrafted & Gallery-Wrapped - Handcrafted in the U.S.A., and wrapped in your choice of fabric.

Shop Overtone Acoustics

We were founded on a passion for sound and a love for design. Overtone Acoustics gives you the opportunity to personalize any space with our sound absorbing artwork. That way, you can get the same amazing acoustic treatment while customizing your setting to be unlike any other. Our acoustic art features a sound absorption core, hi-res print canvas, and is handmade in the U.S.A. What’s more, you can create your own by turning any image into functional, sound absorbing artwork in four easy steps!

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