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Can You Soundproof with Egg Cartons? (Answered)

Ever wonder if you can acoustic a room acoustic with egg cartons? In this post, we will find out of you can soundproof a room with egg cartons.

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You could have the best gear in the world and be the most skillful sound engineer, but a bad-sounding room will affect your recording. On top of that, it will also make your mixing and mastering process pretty useless, as the results you’ll hear on the monitors will hugely affect the environment. But can you treat a room’s acoustics with egg cartons?

This article teaches you how sound impacts your room and whether or not you can soundproof your room with egg cartons.

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Egg cartons can not be used to soundproof a room because they are often made of thin cardboard, which means egg cartons do not effectively dampen noise. However, a small amount of noise reduction can be achieved using egg cartons by redirecting sound waves and absorbing them at the diaphragm.

How does your room impact your recording and monitoring?

Guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, or whoever plugs their instrument directly into an audio interface (maybe through a D.I.) won’t experience these issues during the tracking process. However, a bad-sounding room will always affect the monitoring, mixing, and mastering processes.

Consider the noises coming in from the outside. For example, you will probably record in your apartment or garage. In both cases, your tracking could be spoiled by cars honking, dogs barking, or anything else happening down your street while you’re recording.

Another main issue is reflection. When sound waves hit a surface like a bare wall, they reflect, adding unwanted frequencies and odd echoes to your track. To avoid this, you should consider placing absorbing panels in strategic spots in your room. So, can you use egg cartons?

Can you soundproof with egg cartons?

Many home recorders use egg cartons as substitutes for foam or fiber-glass absorbing panels. However, the results are often disappointing. First, egg cartons are useless for soundproofing; the carton is too thin to dampen outside noises.

However, you could optimize the results by adding other soundproofing materials to the carton. Some musicians, for example, attach a few layers of cardboard to the egg cartons, obtaining a decent outcome.

But are they good enough to fix the reflection issue? To figure this out, we must understand the sound absorption coefficient. This metric measures the capacity of a material to absorb specific frequencies.

Egg cartons have a significant absorption coefficient but are also very variable. For example, it is higher at higher frequencies and very close to zero at low frequencies.

In other words, egg cartons are not a reliable material to fix the reflection issues in your room, becoming useless and even damaging when it comes to low frequencies (usually the most “disturbing” ones in a mix).

There is an additional element to consider, however: your room. What’s the shape of your room? How big is it? Does it contain furniture? These factors can change the effectiveness of any acoustic treatment you could do, whether it is with egg cartons or professional soundproofing material.

This is probably why people are still fascinated by the idea of building an inexpensive home recording studio covered in egg cartons; the experiences of musicians with this kind of material are variegated because each room is different. However, looking at the data and absorption coefficient, we can conclude that egg cartons are not the best material for acoustic treatment.

On top of being pretty useless on the recording and monitoring side, egg cartons could also potentially represent a fire hazard. Cartons, particularly paper cartons, are very flammable materials, so it is no surprise you will find this warning on many audio and home-recording-related forums and blogs.

How can you properly treat room acoustics?

Let’s see how we can reduce unwanted noise from outside without using egg cartons and without spending most of our salary.

First, soundproof your windows (if there are any in your recording room) with curtains. Of course, you could use a conventional home curtain, but specific soundproof curtains are on the market. Their prices are affordable, starting at around $30, which could be an investment, but it will get the jobs done.

Another investment that will work wonders is weather stripping. Weather strips applied to your doors and windows will significantly reduce the noise coming from the outside while also making your house more energy-efficient.

You could use acoustic foam panels and bass traps to fix the reflection issue. However, these two products should be used in conjunction to achieve the best result, as they absorb different frequencies.

There are some ready-made panels and bass traps available on the market. However, if money is a factor, you can also build your own, possibly with acoustic fire batts, very dense mineral wool, exceptional for acoustic treatment.

Some other cheap yet effective tricks to having the best sounding room for your recording are: adding carpets to the floor, hanging thick blankets to the walls, or just making sure your walls aren’t bare (even a bookshelf or any other kind of furniture could make a difference).

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video, “How Cheap Egg Cartons Work For Sound Deadening!” from the Soundproof Guide YouTube Channel.

A video called How Cheap Egg Cartons Work For Sound Deadening! from the Soundproof Guide YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about soundproofing a room with egg cartons.

Can cartons absorb sound?

No. Even while cardboard does not actively absorb sound, it does a great job of dampening echoes and other reverberations when installed in and around walls, ceilings, and floors.

Can styrofoam be used for soundproofing?

Styrofoam and other polystyrene foams are excellent in dampening and reducing the volume of ambient noises in a given space. Also, it can assist block in-room sounds from escaping, which is useful for situations like a recording session with a musician or a confidential business discussion.

How effective are moving blankets as acoustic insulation?

Very. Soundproofing a room with moving blankets is simple, quick, and won’t break the bank. Just like acoustic blankets, they absorb sound and prevent it from echoing or bouncing around the room.

Conclusion

It is not advisable to use egg cartons for the acoustic treatment of the room you will use as a recording studio. Instead, you can use other cheap, more effective solutions to soundproof your home recording studio.

However, if you want to try egg cartons, go for them. Just keep in mind that it might be necessary to add some other soundproofing material to them. Lastly, remember that the shape of your room and how you arrange the furniture could also hugely affect the results.

This article covered how sound impacts your recording and whether you can soundproof your room with egg cartons. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • Egg cartons can not be used for soundproofing rooms because they are often made of thin cardboard, which means egg cartons do not effectively dampen noise.
  • A bad-sounding room will always affect the monitoring, mixing, and mastering processes.
  • Egg cartons are useless for soundproofing; the carton is too thin to dampen outside noises.

So, have you ever thought of using egg cartons? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? And what do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on home mixing and recording. Thanks for reading, and keep making music.

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Written By Andrew Ash
Hey there! My name is Andrew, and I've been making music since I was a kid. I now run this blog all about home studios and music production. If you want to improve your home studio setup, this is the place for you!

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