Why Voiceover Recording Studios Need Acoustic Foam

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When creating audiovisual media, it’s not enough to focus solely on the visual components. Even if your project has the most stunning visuals, its overall quality will still suffer if your audio sounds rough and unpolished. This is especially true about projects that employ the use of voiceover for narration or acting.

Whether you’re a professional voiceover artist who works at home or an indie animated film director, you’ll need a room where you can record high-quality vocal performances. Most of the voiceover performances that you hear on TV, film, and the radio sound clear, resonant, and edited to perfection. You can’t achieve the same level of recording quality without a room that has balanced acoustic treatment. For best results inside a recording studio, you’ll need to use sound proofing foam or acoustic foam to dampen unwanted frequencies.

As you may have read previously, acoustic foam improves sound quality inside a room by dampening unwanted echoes and resonances. Instead of reflecting sound waves and creating echoes, like hard surfaces, acoustic foam allows sound to pass through it while converting some of the sound wave energy into heat. This prevents sound waves from bouncing around the room’s walls, creating a clearer sound that is easier for microphones and recording equipment to pick up.

When recording voiceovers, there are a few other acoustic considerations to keep in mind. You shouldn’t completely dampen a recording space, creating a “dead room” that sounds dry and unnatural. Use acoustic foam to create a more balanced sound rather than one that has no resonance at all. You might have to experiment, research, and calculate where to place your acoustic panels for the best sound.

Secondly, you may also want to use acoustic diffusion products in conjunction with your sound absorbing products. Rather than absorbing energy from sound waves, diffusion products scatter sound energy in order to spread it more evenly. This can aid greatly in creating more balanced sound.

If you’re looking for acoustic foam items such as traditional panels, bass absorbers, acoustic ceiling tiles, or sound barriers, be sure to browse through The Foam Factory’s selection of high-quality acoustic foam products.