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2 Types of Studio Foam


Soundproofing and Sound Absorption: What's the Difference?

Sound is like water. It doesn't have a shape or form, but molds itself to its surroundings. And like water, sound can be absorbed by some materials and contained by others. Click here to learn more sound basics.

Soundproofing Products trap sound. They contain sound within a space, making it impossible for sound to move to other parts of the house or building. They also stop unwanted sound from entering the room. Click here to learn more soundproofing basics.

Sound Absorption Products soak up sound. They absorb sound waves and prevent them from bouncing back off the walls. They improve the quality of the sound within a room. Click here to learn more sound absorption basics.


Melamine vs. Polyurethane Foam

Melamine and polyurethane foams are the two main types of studio foam, a sound absorption product. They treat noise issues that occur in the same space as the person hearing them, such as

  • Echoes
  • Din
  • Background noise

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam works best for use in private areas, where there is no fire risk.

Features & Benefits:

  • Tear-resistant
  • Huge selection of styles and colors

Polyurethane foam is available in two types: polyesters and polyethers. Polyesters hold their color longer, are more tear resistant, and are "shinier" than polyethers. Polyethers typically cost less.

NEVER LET POLYURETHANE FOAM COME IN CONTACT WITH A FLAME. Polyurethane foam is extremely flammable and continues to burn in the absence of a fire source.


Recommended Polyurethane Foam Products

Soft Sound® Studio Foam

Soft Sound® Studio Foams are designed to improve sound quality within a studio or recording environment by reducing reverberation (echo). Our Soft Sound® Studio Foams are professional grade sound improvement products for use in commercial or home recording / listening settings. Excellent acoustic performance combined with a variety of architectural textures, sizes and colors offers endless design potential. Soft Sound® Studio Foams are designed to absorb sound from low to high frequencies and will improve the sound quality of any environment that suffers from poor acoustics. Soft Sound® Studio Foams are available with a Class A flammability rating that will pass most building code requirements for exposed materials. All of our Studio Foam products are made with the highest grades of acoustic foam.

Features & Benefits:

Engineered for performance - Soft Sound® Studio Foams are manufactured with a variety of textural patterns that increase surface area, ultimately increasing the acoustic performance. Soft Sound® Studio Foams absorb sound generated at low, mid and high frequencies.

Quality - Soft Sound® Studio Foams are made with flexible, professional grade acoustic polyurethane foam. The foam keeps its color better and longer then other lower quality foams. Soft Sound Studio Foams are firmer then other studio foam products on the market which adds protection against rips or tears.

Ease of Installation - Soft Sound® Studio Foams are light weight and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. No special tools or materials are needed.

Personalization - Soft Sound® Studio Foams are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Choose the color that best matches your personal decor.


Acoustic Foam Panels

Our Acoustic Foam Panels share all the same great acoustical sound absorbing properties as most of our other foam products, but at a lower price. Acoustic Foam Panels are designed to provide good sound absorption in a minimum thickness. Made of flexible polyurethane foam, the acoustic foam is manufactured to optimal uniform cell structure, maximum airflow resistance, as well as good heat, humidity, flame, and chemical resistance. Acoustical Foam Panels are UL94HF1 fire-rated and flat on both sides. Acoustic Foam Panels are available in a variety of dimensions, with a variety of protective facings and with or with out Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) for an easy peel-and-place application.

Features & Benefits:

Engineered for performance - Acoustic Foam Panels are engineered to be an excellent sound absorption product at a low cost. Acoustic Foam Panels absorb sound generated at low, mid and high frequencies.

Quality - Acoustic Foam Panels are made with flexible, professional-grade acoustic polyurethane foam. The foam keeps its color better and longer than other lower quality foams. Acoustic Foam Panels are firmer than other acoustic foam products on the market, which add protection against rips or tears. The foam is consistent in density and firmness so acoustic performance will also be consistent.

Ease of Installation - Acoustic Foam Panels are lightweight and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. No special tools or materials are needed. Acoustic Foam Panels are available with a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) backing for an easy peel-and-place application.

Fiber Free - Acoustic Foam Panels are safe to use in clean room, medical and computer equipment environments.

Flammability - Acoustic Foam Panelsare manufactured from polyurethane foam that has a flammability rating of UL94 HF-1. Before choosing this product, be sure the flammability rating passes your local building code for exposed materials. For the best flammability rating, see our Class A Acoustic Foam Panels.


Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panel

Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels are manufactured from acoustic grade polyurethane foam, in an "egg crate" design which is designed to have an increased surface area, giving you better sound absorption performance. The material is flexible and easy to cut. Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels are a cost effective solution for improving sound absorption by reducing echo and reverberation. Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels aren't just for recording environments. They can be used in equipment and machine enclosures to reduce vibration and airborne noise propagation. This product is perfect for any applications where acoustics are poor and budgets are tight. Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels have a UL94 HF-1 flammability rating and the color is charcoal.

Features & Benefits:

Good Sound Absorption Characteristics - The convoluted or "egg-crate" design increases surface area, giving you better sound absorption performance. Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels absorb sound generated at low, mid and high frequencies, making it perfect for recording or listening environments.

Quality - Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels are made with flexible, professional grade acoustic polyurethane foam. The foam is consistent in density and firmness so sound absorption performance will also be consistent.

Value - Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels are our most cost effective, studio grade sound absorption product. They are high performance sound absorption acoustic panels at a great price.

Ease of Installation - Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels are lightweight and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. No special tools or materials are needed for installation.

Fiber Free - Convoluted Acoustic Foam Panels are safe to use in clean room, medical and computer equipment environments.


Melamine Foam

Melamine foam works best for public areas because they have the highest rating for fire safety.

Features & Benefits:

  • Fire resistant
  • Available in two colors
  • For public places

Melamine, while less durable than polyurethane, has a Class A fire rating, making it an excellent choice for public use. Because of its flame resistance, builders frequently buy it to conform to fire codes. This added safety makes melamine more expensive than polyurethane.

Our melamine foam comes with a variety of facings that increase fire resistance and tensile strength.


Recommended Melamine Foam Products

Soft Sound® Class A Studio Foam

Our Studio Foam effectively absorbs noise in the room while adding architectural appeal to the decor. Made of lightweight melamine, our Soft Sound® Class A Studio Foam serves many needs.

Features & Benefits:

Engineered for performance - The Anechoic pattern was designed to increase surface area, ultimately increasing the acoustic performance. Soft Sound® Class A Anechoic Studio Foam absorbs sound generated at low, mid and high frequencies, and it has an equal to or higher Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) than polyurethane anechoic products.

Quality - Soft Sound® Class A Anechoic Studio Foam is made with high quality melamine foam. The foam is consistent in density and firmness so acoustic performance will also be consistent.

Ease of Installation - Soft Sound® Class A Anechoic Studio Foam is lightweight and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. No special tools or materials are needed.

Personalization - Soft Sound® Class A Anechoic Studio Foam is available in bright white and light gray.

Flammability - Soft Sound® Class A Anechoic Studio Foam is manufactured from melamine foam that has a Class A&trade flammability rating. This product passes most building code flammability requirements for exposed materials.


Class A Acoustic Foam Panel

Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are a premium grade sound absorption foam panel that are rated for high-temperature applications or buildings requiring Class A rated materials. Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are heat resistant to 482° F and able to withstand constant temperatures of up to 320° F, which makes them an ideal choice for environments where temperatures are high and where sparks (or other hot materials) may fly, and come in contact with the material. Due to its excellent flame resistant qualities, it's perfect for areas where large numbers of people congregate. Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are constructed of lightweight, porous acoustic melamine and are fiber free, making them perfect for medical facilities or where high tech computer equipment is used. The material's internal structure is a spacious cellular complex of slim, flexible webs that are membrane-free and completely open-celled. The result is that Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are low-density and extremely lightweight. Available with or without Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) for an easy peel-and-place application.

Features & Benefits:

Engineered for performance - Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are engineered to be an excellent sound absorption product with a high tolerance for heat exposure. Class A Acoustic Foam Panels absorb sound generated at low, mid and high frequencies.

Flammability - Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are manufactured from melamine foam that has a Class A flammability rating in accordance with ASTM E 84. This product passes building codes that have strict flammability requirements for exposed materials.

Heat Tolerant - Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are heat resistant to 482° F and able to withstand constant temperatures of up to 320° F.

Fiber Free - Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are safe to use in clean room, medical and computer equipment environments.

Ease of Installation - Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are a lightweight, open-celled foam product and can be attached to a variety of surfaces. No special tools or materials are needed. Class A Acoustic Foam Panels are available with a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) backing for an easy peel-and-place application.



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