What are Drum Shields?
Whether you’re a drummer performing for a church, a vocalist or podcaster recording in your home studio, or just practicing your instrument at home, a soundproof booth and enclosure can help you (and your neighbors!) keep the sound isolated and contained. The sound isolation provided by ClearSonic booths and enclosures can offer some of the best solutions to control sound in recording and performance applications.
What are ClearSonic Booths and Enclosures?
ClearSonic soundproof booths and enclosures help to isolate and control sound for musical instruments and vocals, both on stage and in the studio. The vocal booth and drum shield panels are designed to block the direct path of sound by providing separation between instruments.
IsoPacs, available in an array of configurations, provide isolation for drums, guitar amps, brass and woodwind instruments or may be used as a vocal booth.
Similarly, amplifier shields help to tame volume without sacrificing tone. Cables easily pass through the cut-outs at the bottom where the clear acrylic panels join. “Sorber” panels are used in many of these systems to provide sound absorption or may be used as a free-standing baffle.
Why are ClearSonic Booths and Enclosures Important?
Sometimes for the sake of the live mix, the isolation of the loudest instruments, typically the drums, but sometimes bass or electric guitar, can make an enormous difference. For instance, that’s where isolation booths and enclosures come into play. An instrument soundproof enclosure is typically made up of clear acrylic panels and sound-absorption panels surrounding the instrument and designed to help control the overall acoustical output of the drums. The benefit is that the voice or instrument’s sound is isolated and can be better controlled in the mixing process.
Examples of ClearSonic Booths and Enclosures
Drum Shield Panels are an easy and portable solution to quickly surround your drums to block the direct path of sound. However, this does not contain the sound completely. Drum shields are a great way to isolate instruments on stage or in the studio. They can help lower stage volume and they fold for easy transportation. Drum shield panels only redirect or reflect the sound. To reduce sound reflections, absorption should be added into the equation. This when the IsoPacs are the best choice. These booths provide an elastic footprint to surround drum sets, make vocal booths or surround other types of instruments.
The IsoPac MegaPac and the IsoPac MiniMega are the largest of the ClearSonic IsoPacs. These feature 360 degrees of absorption and incorporation the lid system. Both the MegaPac and MiniMega can potentially reduce the sound by approximately up to 70%. IsoPac A and IsoPac B save space as they are smaller in size, include the lid system and reduce the sound about 50-60%. The IsoPac C and IsoPac D provide a drum shield and 360 degrees of absorption without a lid system.
Use these when looking for a moderate amount of sound control.
IsoPac systems are not 100% airtight. All our sound booths have a gap in the rear to promote air circulation and are not ‘airtight’, neither are they 100% isolated or soundproof. If desired, extra pieces can be purchased to effectively close this gap and provide maximum isolation.
This is to allow for proper air circulation. Any IsoPac system that has a lid system includes a two-speed fan.
Vocal Booth Enclosures
IsoPacs are fantastic for isolating vocals or other instruments. IsoPac E is the largest of the vocal recording booths. With plenty of absorptive panels, you can customize the acoustics. For a more basic set up, IsoPac F provides a clear line of site inside of the booth. IsoPac G is small, compact, and with absorptive panels for placement around your microphone. IsoPac H allows you to set up a private area for translation, interpretation, or voice over applications. Each of these IsoPacs come with a lid system and a two-speed fan for air circulation.
Speaker Cabinet Shields and Enclosures
Speaker cabinet shields and enclosures help control amplified volume on stage or in the studio, without sacrificing tone. AmpPac 10 is great for small combo amps and with the lid, becomes AmpPac 11. Designed for a 1×12 or 2×12 open back speaker cabinet, the sound absorption of AmpPac 20 surrounds the speaker and with a lid, it becomes AmpPac 21. If you need sound absorption for a four-speaker cabinet, look to AmpPac 30 or AmpPac 31 (includes lid). For a portable set up, you might consider AmpPac 32 (shield only) or AmpPac 33 (with absorbers). Often used with half stack amplifiers, AmpPac 40 features a front clear shield with sound absorption behind the amp or get 360 degrees of absorption with AmpPac 41. For speakers similar to a Leslie Cabinet, use AmpPac 50 or AmpPac 51 (includes lid).
Tips and Reminders for ClearSonic Booths and Enclosures
When purchasing a soundproof booth and enclosure for drums, be sure to purchase one large enough so that you can still navigate around the drum set. The roof of the sound booth should also be at least two feet higher that your highest cymbal. A drum kit must be able to freely move the airwaves to sound its best. If the enclosure is too small, the drums will sound too harsh or muted.
We also recommend establishing a monitoring solution so that the drummer does not feel too isolated from the other instruments or musicians.
Working with one of our acoustical sales team can also help you figure out the best configuration for your sound booth.
Check out these videos demonstrating the effectiveness of the ClearSonic booths and enclosures:
The ClearSonic soundproof booths and enclosures may be just the thing you were looking for to control or isolate sound from musical instruments, singing, or even podcasting. These specially designed soundproof enclosures can be used while recording, performing on a stage, or just trying to practice without disturbing the neighbors. Whatever your application, Acoustical Solutions has the answer to your sound control needs!
To learn more about how Acoustical Solutions can solve your noise control problems, use our contact form, call one of our Acoustical Sales Consultants at (800) 782-5742, or visit us on the web at acousticalsolutions.com.