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What’s going on everyone, Brian Schmitt here and today I want to show you a little project we’re working on here in our garage gym. So if you’ve been following our videos for a while now, you’ve probably seen a huge change in the overall video quality. We strive to continue to improve the videos we’re making for you guys, whether it’s improving the overall picture quality of the videos with new camera equipment, lenses for the cameras, lighting in the room, or even just the general content that we’re giving to you guys. So recently I’ve had a lot of complaints about the sound quality of our videos and I’ve noticed it myself too whether some of the comments said that I sound muffled when Im talking on the videos or even the room sounds very echoey and it’s difficult for you guys to hear what I’m saying, so to improve that we went out and got some of these insulation panels. We got 12 of them and we’re going to be installing them throughout our garage, so hopefully this is going to help absorb the sound and make it a lot easier for you guys to hear what I’m saying so you don’t have to struggle. My buddy Joe is going to show you all how to install these. We’re going to be making frames for them, putting fabric over them too, to make them look a lot better and so he’s going to take it away! Whats going on everyone! Now to make these acoustic panels we followed a step-by-step instructional that was found at Acousticsfreq.com Now we will provide the link in the description below so you can follow with us step by step and see an exact list of all the tools and hardware that you need to make these exact panels, so we’re just going to briefly go over the process, so follow along. So over here we have a mineral wool insulation panel. It is 48 inches by 24 inches and two inches thick. Now this one in particular is “semi rigid.” We went with this particular style because it’s going to be hung from the ceiling and we wanted to reduce any potential sagging. So once you have the insulation panel you are going to build a very simple frame – we’re talking furring strips, wood screws, wood glue – that’s all you need! So once you have the frame made you are going to drop the insulation panel into the frame and affix the panel to the frame with just some simple spray adhesive. So once you’ve got that framed panel you will want to pick out a breathable material by breathable I mean if you’re going to put this over your head, are you able to breathe through it and survive? Something like vinyl will not allow the sound waves to penetrate it, which would not allow the insulation panel to absorb the sound waves. So this in particular we found at a local fabric store and it is 100-percent polyester it’s stretchy and it looks really really good. So we have the finished panel over here that is covered with the fabric, and on the back you can see we just stapled it to the frame. This is not something that’s going to be seen as it’s going to be hung from the ceiling so we didn’t do full coverage because it wasn’t necessary. So that is the finished panel and next we’re going to show you us affixing them to the ceiling! Alright welcome back guys and as you can see we are finally finished installing our 12 acoustic panels in the garage and hopefully I sound a lot clearer with a lot less echo than I did at the beginning of this video when I was talking. So obviously this is probably not up to the standards of an official recording studio, but i think these 12 panels just from me talking right now I can hear a clear difference. It almost sounds like I’m talking in the closet because i don’t have an echo bouncing back at me or anything and i haven’t heard it on camera yet, but i’m assuming it’s doing a great job, obviously you guys are the first ones to hear that, but anyway i’m going to walk through kind of where we placed all 12 panels and our reasoning behind it so we have our first four over here on the big cinderblock wall. Obviously there’s a lot of surface area to cover because there’s nothing on that wall, but we spread them apart a little bit, we got the black and red going for us, and the spacing to kind of make it look aesthetically good over there. So we got those there and then on the ceiling is where we have the most amount of panels. We have six of them on the ceiling so as you can see there’s a about a two-inch gap of them hanging down from the ceiling and so what that does is it allows for the sound to not only be absorbed at the front of the panel but also it allows it to go behind and absorb it from the back, so even getting the most out of these acoustic panels as well and obviously we put them on the ceiling because it was a big surface area as well to cover up. Then the last two we just have over here obviously this is already a big carpeted wall, so first it wasn’t really much of a priority but I was thinking I do most of my talking this way when we were filming videos, cameras usually set up over there, and so I figured you know if I’m talking this way I think putting those at the top at an angle is going to really help absorb the sound waves coming out of my voice as well and hopefully make it even better. Not only that but during this weekend we did add our American flag back to the gym if you guys remember we had one up for a little bit during the original building garage gym series, but it wasn’t an official real flag, it was actually a cape costume that I had a long time ago and I put it on the wall, but I hung it up the wrong way. It was down with the Stars on the wrong side, but the flag was designed to where there was no back to the flag, so I couldn’t hang it up the other way, so we officially got a real one, put it over the dumbbells thought it’d look really good over there since the wall was taken up by the sound panels. Anyways I’m going to give the camera back to Joe and he is going to explain kind of how we installed them on the ceiling and on the wall. So if you guys remember we first started with some insulation that we put into a wooden frame and then once we had that panel we wrapped the entire thing in a polyester fabric which gave us our completed acoustic panel, so now we’re going to move on to attaching it to the ceiling. It’s a very simple process, all you really need is a drill. So you’re going to start by drilling four holes into the ceiling and then once you have those holes you’re going to insert these drywall anchors, and then once you have those drywall anchors in place, you’re going to use these screw hooks, which the frame will eventually hang from. So once you have the screw hooks into the ceiling, you’re going to want to install four of these d-rings on to the acoustic panel wooden frame and once you have that done, really you just hang it on the ceiling and as you can see there is a one to two inch gap from the ceiling in the frame which is going to improve the overall efficiency of these acoustic panels. So over here on the wall we tried many many different things to get these panels to stick these panels here on the bottom are actually stuck on to the wall differently than these panels up here but instead of going over the stuff that didn’t work, we’re just going to focus on what did work, again this is a very very simple process and it really allowed us to not drill into the concrete, which is great because we don’t want to have to go back in there and fill it up with concrete to repair it. So what we did is we took a picture frame hook and attached it to the concrete with a metal/concrete epoxy, which is great because we’re sticking metal to concrete. Put some of the epoxy on there, place it on the wall, let it set for about an hour and we were ready to hang the panel with those little D rings on the wooden frame and there you have it! Alright guys so that pretty much sums up the entire installation process of setting up these acoustic panels in the garage. I’m really hoping this improves the sound quality for you guys moving forward in all of our future videos. Obviously I talked earlier about how we strive to improve picture quality, sound quality, even just the gym equipment in here, that stuff’s not cheap, it definitely adds up over time, so i would like to remention we do have a Patreon website, which the link will be in the description below, and that’s a contribution website where you guys can either do a monthly pledge to help support our future videos moving forward and obviously all the money we get from that we dump it right back to improving our facility and quality of our channel You can do the pledge donations which at the twenty-dollar pledge a month we do throw in a free t-shirt, as long as you guys are in the United States. It’s one of our Carnivore Strength t-shirts and even if you just do like a one dollar one-time donation, that even something as small as that goes a long way to helping us. So that’s all I got for you guys. As always make sure to give us a thumbs up on the video if you liked it, subscribe to our channel and I’ll see you all next time! Hey everyone, it’s Brian. If you like this video and would like to further support our channel, make sure to visit our official Patreon page. Every contribution helps us to continue making great quality videos. Thanks again for watching!

3 thoughts on “Building Acoustic Panels for the Garage Gym – Better Sound Quality

  1. definate improvement.I would suggest a lapel mic to further improve sound quality.They can be inexpensive,but very effective in bringing out vocal quality.

  2. Hi, I have a question whether it has noticebly improved soundproofing of your home gym or it is still noisy. I am about to buy some accustic foams to be less noisy in my appartment

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