High-Performance DIY Acoustic Panels (Build Guide)

In this video I'll be showing you how to build some very high performance acoustic sound absorption panels that look aesthetically superb. Consider visiting Patreon.com/DIYPerks to support what I do here on IT-stream.
50MM Hexagonal Spacer:
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3D Printable Bracket:


  • Morck Jebbus
    Morck Jebbus

    Matt: Thank you for an exceptional channel, and all the work and effort you put into all your contend. I love it. Question: I have a two level home where the builders totally left out sound insulation. After watching this video, do you think this method would work if I were to create a false ceiling downstairs, so that noise generated upstairs would not travel as much i.e. be as loud as it is currently (even footsteps on the floor board are heard much louder than it should be) Would love to see you either answer this or even better, make a video on how to cheaply resolve this problem of mine.

    8 ore fa
  • Harinath Devara
    Harinath Devara

    Hi sir I have seen some good ecoustic panels on your walls I am constructing my preview lab for my personal use, I am a cinematographer from INDIA I use to work on projects like films, ads, corporate films and weddings, I am planning to bring this benq 5700 to my new preview lab, I am here to ask you some suggestions about installing those kind of diy ecoustic panels, I am going with denon 2600Av receiver and polk audio signature series with 7.1 atmos, my room size is 15ft width and 35ft breadth and 10ft height leaving the sealing, so can you pls suggest can I go with the same kind of panels in my room without any complete acoustic treatment as it costs too much for me, I am planning to make my own DIY panels with rockwool installed in them, will those panels help me out with the reverb and also blocking out the sound without going out of this room.

    19 ore fa
  • John Jones
    John Jones

    Good idea. I don’t make videos, but this would be perfect for reducing noise from power tools in my attached garage.

    Giorno fa
  • fair1guy

    Thanks for the awesome DIY! I saw your past video from 2016 on making sound panels out of towels- How does the dampening capability of the rockwool compare to a similar thickness (3-6 towel) barrier?

    Giorno fa
  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pugh

    I'm no expert but I doubt aluminium is acoustically transparent.

    3 giorni fa
  • Julián Nieto
    Julián Nieto

    how to.make sound clouds

    3 giorni fa
  • Luis Carlos Ovalles Ferreira
    Luis Carlos Ovalles Ferreira

    Separate them a centimeter or an inch from the wall for more efficiency, nice design

    4 giorni fa
  • Mahmod Abbas
    Mahmod Abbas

    what happen to the towels bro

    8 giorni fa
  • Thomas Moeller
    Thomas Moeller

    Strongly encourage using gloves when working with insulation material and thoroughly washing hands when done. A mask or ventilator is also a good idea.

    9 giorni fa
  • A C
    A C

    Couldn't agree more. I suggest this as additional PPE. www.amazon.com/Geekper-Bumper-Inflatable-Bubble-Bopper/dp/B07FX91CQJ/ref=sr_1_6?crid=19DK0ZJZIQJFR&keywords=personal+bubble&qid=1575241985&sprefix=Personal+bubble%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-6 No problems handling the insulation 👍

    5 giorni fa
  • Zarya main
    Zarya main

    Before he acknowledged the untreated walls behind him, I was about to press the "back" button. Then we got to the mandatory 3d printed parts.. and well. laters.

    9 giorni fa
  • Tobi Toto
    Tobi Toto

    Super idee aber mit dem aluminium leider zu aufwendig....kann man einfacher auch machen....aber trotzdem gut gemacht

    10 giorni fa
  • Michael Head
    Michael Head

    Interesting design

    12 giorni fa
  • Edward Cullen
    Edward Cullen

    DO NOT use house insulation unless you want scarred lungs.

    12 giorni fa
  • Edward Cullen
    Edward Cullen

    Or you can just buy panels. You'll have to buy the tools to do this project, the materials and you'll need access to a 3d printer. Not worth the time, money and effort

    12 giorni fa
  • Tone Baxter
    Tone Baxter

    I just bought the material to do the one with towels yesterday!!! DAMN!!!

    12 giorni fa
  • Speaker Builder
    Speaker Builder

    Re the household insulation material, you should specifically warn against the use of fiberglass based material which is toxic, and instead use a product sold here in the states called Rockwool, which works just like fiberglass but is not toxic.

    14 giorni fa
  • Kartari942

    What is the sponge material?

    17 giorni fa
  • Michael Taiwan
    Michael Taiwan

    Wow ! Clever! Thank you!

    18 giorni fa


    20 giorni fa
  • mahendraryaw

    I thought you use towels like your previous video from few years ago

    20 giorni fa
  • Videos To The Point
    Videos To The Point

    To avoid excessive "boominess" you could compliment these panels - which absorb high frequencies very well - with some matching DIY bass traps - which absorb low frequencies very well - in the corners where your walls meet the ceiling and floor. A must for any audio recording. You could even leave a few off the wall and wear them like earrings or set them on either side of your mic while recording for podcasts, tutorials, narration, etc. Great video! :)

    21 giorno fa

    Where can I find Sponge Like That

    23 giorni fa
  • KrazyHeavenlyGaming

    What units of measurement did u use for the 3D brackets? mm or in?

    29 giorni fa
  • OddGuyAmaar

    best diy dude in the world

    29 giorni fa
  • Phiwa Madinga
    Phiwa Madinga

    Can we get a diy Perks edition of actual effective laptop coolers. I utilize a lot of my cpu throu systems programming, games programming, internet programming and adobe apps (mostly photoshop and after effects) for my school projects. Pretoria, South Africa gets brutally hot during summer

    Mese fa
  • Nino Heđi
    Nino Heđi

    I looked what you did from aspect of physics professor ( my mother is one) and what i see acoustic panels mimic something what happens when dophin fires his sonar in order to do echo location to avoid obstacles there for sound will reach obstacle and reflect back alowing dolphin to avoid obstacles. The thing is sound is better because acoustic pannels aborb sound before it hits the wall and you basicaly hear only sound coming from the source in a way it is suposed to and as panels absorb sound they also spread it becuse they are denser than air which helps a lot. Sound spreads better though dense objects than through sparse object.

    Mese fa
  • Draztiq Meshaz
    Draztiq Meshaz

    Owen's Corning 703 is industry standard.

    Mese fa
  • Draztiq Meshaz
    Draztiq Meshaz

    Wear gloves and long sleeves

    Mese fa
  • conscofd

    Wow, impressed by that. If I place them at the junction of ceiling and wall or in a corner, does it absorb external vibrations too ? Thanks for you awesome work !

    Mese fa
  • Búster Blader
    Búster Blader

    What about the towels? :(

    Mese fa
  • Thomas Maycock
    Thomas Maycock

    NOTE: Wood will also work with a 60 degree mitre joint connected by some PVA wood glue and some screws

    Mese fa

    Thanks for the video, I thought towels were better for acoustic treatment absorbtion, according your last video

    Mese fa
  • yembalaa

    Not bad

    Mese fa
  • John Cline
    John Cline

    To absorb sound, you want a material that will vibrate equally at a relatively wide range of frequencies converting the acoustic energy into motion and ultimately a miniscule amount of heat. Actual acoustic foam (like Sonex or Auralex) has an open-cell construction, the random lattice-work of the foam vibrates easily. Standard upholstery foam is closed-cell like bubbles and is MUCH less effective at absorbing sound. Owens Corning Fiberglas® 700 Series Insulation is the best sound absorbing material of all, it's made of inorganic glass fibers is formed into flexible, semi-rigid or rigid fiberglass rectangular boards of varying densities. The 703 type is quite effective and is only 2 inches thick, it is also available in thicker panels which absorb lower frequencies. I also recommend using an acoustically transparent fabric material instead of the tightly woven bed sheets used in this project. (I use this fabric: www.gikacoustics.com/product/guilford-of-maine-fabric-by-the-yard/)

    Mese fa
  • Uncle Zedd
    Uncle Zedd

    How is this compare to towels? Is it better?

    Mese fa
  • Music Islife
    Music Islife

    Pro tip, if you make them square or rectangular, you won't have to 3D print the brackets...

    Mese fa
  • TamaraKay

    Would love it if you’’d do a video on making bass traps. Would this upholstery foam or the towels work better for dealing with low frequencies?

    Mese fa
  • tohot tohandle
    tohot tohandle

    youll get lungcancer! CHEERS!

    Mese fa
  • Woldin Ini
    Woldin Ini

    OK, this question may seem as a joke but it’s completely serious on my part. Instead of wrapping it with a sheet which looks slick, what if I were to use a towel?

    Mese fa
  • Kenneth Lorentzen
    Kenneth Lorentzen

    GREAT STUFF - they are gorgeous! One thing that is smart about this design is that they would also fit very well across the upper corners of a room, which is basically the place to start setting them up in order to tame bass.

    Mese fa
  • Diego Hernán Pérez
    Diego Hernán Pérez

    Do you know the density of the sponge you use?

    Mese fa