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Published on July 21st, 2006 | by Jules Yap


sound of silence

i had second thoughts about posting this hack, because, well, it’s ugly. but then, i thought perhaps some other hacker out there may have a better solution to this piece of conversation stopper. isn’t there a way to hide those horrid wads of sponge?

in case you’re still wondering “what the … ?”, they are deflector/absorbing panels – made from ikea shelves. the hacker writes: “i’m thinking of a way to make them look a bit more pro, but the idea works acoustically.” link.

other audio visual hacks:
> hip ikea music machine
> make an audio cabinet from lack tables
> fixing gaje speaker stands
> make your own cam creature

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Jules Yap

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2 Responses to sound of silence

  1. Anonymous says:

    This will only reflect sound. The foam underneath isn’t doing anything.

  2. Nick says:

    Diffusion doesn’t really happen with just an angled, hard surface like that. The foam also serves no purpose unless it’s high-density (which, from looking, doesn’t seem to be). But hey, it looks cool :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    (Firstly, sorry for my english)

    I've worked in acoustics for two years and I don't have good taste for decor. Technically you can cover the foams with any kind of cloth, textile, wire, whatever you imagine if its “nethole” size is big enough (2 or 3mm or bigger) and if it's not very tighly assembled (so you avoid strange vibrations). Don't know if it's useful, good luck :)

  4. Jules says:

    yeah, i like the mod prints. could look pretty funky for a studio.

  5. Sarah says:

    I don't know anything about acoustics, but it seems you could get a wedge-shaped piece of foam and slip-cover it in a mod print. You can usually get a tailor to whip something up cheaply if you can't sew. If the cover would inhibit the sound absorption, maybe you could dye the foam wedge?


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