Anyone have experience with or with using true pressure traps?

I am preparing to build a two channel listening room in my basement. Planned dimensions are 17’X23’X10’. Perfect chance to get it right since it is to be built from scratch. One chance if you will.

i have some experience with velocity traps (absorption), enough to know that when using typical absorption products, it is nearly impossible to effectively address room bass nodes without creating an acoustically dead room since fiberglass and rock wool traps are exceptionally efficient at absorbing mid and high frequencies and exceptionally inefficient at absorbing low and even mid-bass frequencies.

After checking out several companies online that specialize in room treatment, Acoustic Fields ( stood out to me because they design and build pressure traps that precisely target specific frequencies (vs the broad-band behavior of velocity/absorptive traps) based on mathematical modeling identifying exactly where and what frequencies of acoustic anomalies will occur in a specific room and matching frequency-specific pressure traps in the exact room locations that reduce/eliminate problem nodes at the listening position without affecting non-target frequencies as velocity/absorptive traps do.

This approach promises to get quite expensive. I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with Acoustic Fields (or installing/using pressure traps) that would provide helpful input regarding their experiences.



Not yet, but I am super interested.

Do you have a way to excite the room and measure the pressure (frequencies) in the corners?

You probably need ^that^ to get the traps built to address the frequencies you want to suck up.

@holmz my thought was to try to design the construction of the room such that the acoustic treatments would be built into the walls, so I am attempting to find someone who can mathematically model the room before it is built. Currently the basement is unfinished and one very large room (1900+ sq ft total) and the existing walls are cinder block. The basement is divided in half lengthwise by a staircase so I have 20 feet max on each side and length is limited to 27 feet due to a tankless water heater installation.

I can keep you apprised of my findings as I learn more about which acoustical treatments and construction techniques will work best.

Get a mic and REW and do some measurements in the space.

Are you thinking of the mass loaded membrane traps?
Those are somewhat modellable, but I think you need to have the target freq, and then tune it by adding or taking away a bit of mass at the end… much like a passive radiator.

There are also the round bass traps, which could be added later, as well as active bass “traps”. But starting with the in-wall resonant ones makes a lot of sense.

Once you know the low frequency decay, then just treat the higher freqs so that their delay is similar. (I.e. don’t go overboard with super short ring down times for high frequencies, if the low notes are taking forever to decay.)

The resonant freq on the various places will likely be different along the walls… !

Lowest in corners, then long walls, then short walls.