Speaker Isolation

Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, Kevin Becka

Affordable Acoustic Treatment Solutions


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Generally, when you’re talking about acoustic treatment, it means first figuring out where your room’s problems lie and then doing a general or focused application of material on walls, corners and ceiling to remedy the problem. This of course comes with the residual hit on your wallet. But there is one affordable acoustic treatment anyone can bring to their setup that will instantly improve the sound of their system: Speaker isolation.

By decoupling your speakers from their stands or console top, and providing a solid, stable platform for your back-end transducers of choice, you can remarkably improve your low end and stereo image. Below are six affordable solutions for improving the phase relationships between you and your speakers—resulting in a better listening experience when you work.

Auralex ProPad

Auralex ProPad

Auralex ProPads and ProPads XL (auralex.com) measure 8x13x2.125-inches and 19x13x2.125-inches, respectively. The ProPads will isolate most standard mid- and close-field monitors using 5.25-, 6.5- or 8-inch woofers, while the ProPAD XLs are compatible with many larger twin-woofer, horizontally oriented monitors. The design features a .075-inch Melamine-wrapped MDF base covered with a thick layer of ISO-Plate, an isolation material made from 100-percent recycled rubber.

Auralex ProPad XL

Auralex ProPad XL

The Carillon Audio Mofo professional studio monitor foam isolation pads (carillonaudio.com) are available in two sizes and weights suitable for any range of monitors with 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-inch LF drivers. They offer a 5-degree slope for optimal positioning and promise to eliminate contact-borne vibration and resonance. Each unit comprises a 3.5mm steel plate, a no-slip EVA pad and a high-density foam base.

Carillon Audio Mofo

Carillon Audio Mofo

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