GIANT DIY Sound Panels For Better Audio and Lighting!

  • Published on Jul 17, 2019
  • These DIY sound panels/blankets will stop echo and reverb from effecting your audio. They are an easy way to get some acoustic treatment in your studio and they can be used for lighting! You can find all the parts used below including this Impact rolling stand:
    This is the second video in a series I'm doing on our new studio. Watch all the new studio videos here!
    - Rolling Stand on B&H:
    - Sound Blankets (Producer's Choice):
    - Kupo Adapter on B&H:
    - 1/2 Course Thread Bolt (1-1/2 inch long)
    - 1/2 Course Thread Washer (2 inches wide)
    - Eye Screws (I used #6 1-15/16 inch eye screws)
    - 6 foot board (I use a red oak 6’ x 4” x 1” board)
    Stay tuned for more videos on the new space!
    Some of these links have an affiliate code, if you purchase gear with these links I will receive a small commission.
    This video was not paid for by outside persons or manufacturers.
    B&H did supply us with some stands and grip gear to make this series possible.
    The content of this video and my opinions were not reviewed or paid for by any outside persons.
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Comments • 108

  • DSLR Video Shooter
    DSLR Video Shooter  Month ago +3

    Studio Setup Part 2 is here! You can watch the whole series in this playlist:
    01:26 How to Build
    04:09 Sound Tests
    06:11 Lighting Tests

    • Cullens Workshop
      Cullens Workshop Month ago +1

      I'd like to add a recommendation if you install a lot of eye screws, or hook screws. and thats a wing nut driver for your screw gun.

    • DropForgedSurvival
      DropForgedSurvival Month ago

      Somebody definitely goes to sound stripe! Do you have any recommendations for music sites? Just ordered 4 Sound Blankets!

  • Anthony Sanchez
    Anthony Sanchez 7 days ago

    Thanks so much for the info and the tests! Very great info and insight!!!

  • physixger
    physixger 25 days ago

    Another cheap alternative would probably be using a cheap rolling clothes stand instead of the expensive thing from BH (they are from about 30€ on Amazon)

  • TechMyLifeVideo
    TechMyLifeVideo 25 days ago

    Your comparison at 7:15 was White Blanket v black blanket, not v no blanket. Unless you changed the lighting completely between your two examples which would just be odd.

  • TechMyLifeVideo
    TechMyLifeVideo 25 days ago

    Just a note, but drilling three holes in the middle of the board, for the bolt, and a loop on each side, you make the strength of the centre of the board extremely compromised. From my experience I would suggest a mental plate to support this area and avoid it possibly snapping.

  • VocalBoothToGo
    VocalBoothToGo 27 days ago +2

    We actually created a stand just for this purpose!

  • SeanThePro
    SeanThePro 27 days ago

    bro i was just about to get my mom to order me some sound panels, but this is cool too and i didn’t think about doing DIY !

  • Tech 24/7 TV
    Tech 24/7 TV 28 days ago

    This is a great DIY.

  • Astral'o Pithecus
    Astral'o Pithecus Month ago

    Can you review cheap shotgun microphones? There are cardioid and directional versions produced by Neewer, VidPro, Boya etc. They are all available on B&H or Amazon and cost between $20 and $80. Some of us don't really have the budget for Rodes and Deities, but these could be pretty good for amateur filmmakers and TVcliprs. Just consider it, please. :)

  • Calvin Borden
    Calvin Borden Month ago +2

    Love the new studio! A little criticism on your tests though...
    6:54 - black blanket for negative fill vs no blanket.
    7:13 - white blanket for fill vs no blanket.

    The first shot looks like "no blanket" already has fill from the wall... Second shot looks like "no blanket" is the "negative fill shot." This is extremely contradicting and not a very scientific test. My initial gut feeling made me want to hit the thumbs down and unsubscribe (but I didn't) because it reminded me of the poor quality control and product bias utilized by the fstoppers youtube channel. My thoughts are that the fill and no fill shots were not conducted with the same lighting setup and it wasn't realized until editing, so corners were cut instead of re-shooting.

  • The Feel Button
    The Feel Button Month ago

    Nice setup for controlling sound and light at the same time. Your attention to sound quality is immediately apparent in your videos. They are a pleasure to listen to and watch. Good stuff!

  • Donald MacLeay
    Donald MacLeay Month ago

    You might as well go ahead and paint the crosspiece to get rid of the DIY look. A coat of spar varnish under the paint would lock out humidity. A second piece of oak 90 degrees to the first would take care of any possibility of droop long term.

  • Jason DeGarmo
    Jason DeGarmo Month ago

    This is an old trick, go to harbor freight and get " moving blankets" $3.69 ......they have black...not sure about white

  • Burgunbeerd
    Burgunbeerd Month ago

    not so much panels unless theyre rigid i feel

  • BUON CO.
    BUON CO. Month ago

    but what brand are those jeans???

    • BUON CO.
      BUON CO. Month ago

      also, i didn't even realize you lost weight! nice work

  • ErebosGR
    ErebosGR Month ago

    As a more affordable alternative, you can always do the ol' towels-stapled-behind-a-painting-canvas trick.

  • JSephH76
    JSephH76 Month ago

    I may be totally wrong here but to my untrained eye it looks like at 6:55 you're comparing black to white instead of black to none. In the next shot no blanket looks drastically different than the previous shot with no blanket. I don't know if that was a change in settings or if I'm missing something but can someone explain why having no blanket the lighting changes so drastically between those two shots?
    After having looked at it more it seems to me that it's just a difference in exposure to better show off the differences. Again I could be very wrong in this and if anyone would like to correct me please do.

  • Brian Deli
    Brian Deli Month ago

    Mkbhd merch

  • Joe Allam
    Joe Allam Month ago

    9:12 - I think you just found your Halloween costume for this year! 👻

  • MidnightSun
    MidnightSun Month ago

    This video was a HUGE help for my really small studio I have planned. So I have this large window, and I was wondering if I could achieve results by using the sound blankets on a double-layered curtain rack?

  • daylight5500
    daylight5500 Month ago

    May I suggest a shot bag or any weight on that base. Accident waiting to happen.

  • TheLyndonRay
    TheLyndonRay Month ago

    YES! Haven't even watched the video yet... just amped for it.

  • J D
    J D Month ago

    Thank you

  • Darin Simmons
    Darin Simmons Month ago

    @DSLR Video Shooter / Caleb. What lav mike is that? I looked on and nothing. I thought the audio in the new studio sounded great and thought there must be a shotgun and the new sound blankets behind it because the drop ceiling style places can be awful. Nope, lav mike but I couldn't find which one you are using.

  • Tanner Gwaltney
    Tanner Gwaltney Month ago

    Nice! I've been thinking of the same kind of idea but with a 2x4 frame and moving blankets from Harbor Freight.

  • The Renderer
    The Renderer Month ago

    Great work, especially the multi-purpose use and adding the air space in between the blankets!

  • Chris K.
    Chris K. Month ago

    Is there a non-DYI version without needing to use the wood? Not sure if someone sells a bar with the holes already drilled.


    You can buy these exact blankets at ‘UHAUL’ truck rental. For CHEAP


      Maybe not where you are, but in Philadelphia UHAUL, the exact same.
      I bought them 2 months ago

    • DSLR Video Shooter
      DSLR Video Shooter  Month ago

      HOOD CLASSIC TELEVISION very much not the same thing.

  • Guillaume Bayle
    Guillaume Bayle Month ago

    You look so small next to this giant blanket and with the tall ceiling 😂 great video still

  • Germain Media, LLC
    Germain Media, LLC Month ago +1

    Caleb, would you recommend the 11' rolling stand over the 8.5' stand? Which did you use? As always a very SMART video! Great job and thank you!

    • Germain Media, LLC
      Germain Media, LLC 28 days ago

      @Otto C I was trying in chrome. You were much more patient than I! I would fire the programmer AND the customer service rep running the online chat...very rude and no concept of customer service! :(

    • Otto C
      Otto C Month ago +1

      @Germain Media, LLC UPDATE: Because I'm a masochist I tried to order one. Here is what happened. CHROME: inexplicable error. FIREFOX: It wouldn't allow me to enter my credit card (CC) info. SAFARI: Same as FIREFOX, until somehow the CC info part allowed me to enter my info. It went through and I received an order number and a forwarded e-mail telling me the order was received. They claim it's a new web site. FIRE THE PROGRAMMER (after he/she fixes things).

    • Otto C
      Otto C Month ago

      @Germain Media, LLC Thanks for that. Can you let us know what companies you found?

    • Germain Media, LLC
      Germain Media, LLC Month ago +5

      Caleb, just wanted to let you know that I just tried to order 4 blankets from TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. First, there website was not working no matter how i tried to pay, kept getting error message. Then I had to wait over 10 minutes for somebody to respond to me via their "live" chat. Then the chat agent wanted to be argumentative with me when I expressed my frustration with their site. TERRIBLE customer service! I will not go back. There are plenty of other blanket manufacturers.

  • Roderic MEGE
    Roderic MEGE Month ago

    Wow ! This is where you absolutely shine, Caleb ! I think that you are one of the best tech TVclipr for that kind of content ! This vidéo is pleasant to watch, very informative in a compact format and moreover, it's really inpiring ! So a huge "Thanks", man !

  • Pauls Audiolabor
    Pauls Audiolabor Month ago

    I prefer pure and heavy molleton. You can also get it in black or white.

  • Toto Tata
    Toto Tata Month ago

    I love your tinker solutions ....

  • Rick Welin
    Rick Welin Month ago

    In the recording studio I use a large boom stand with the boom forming a tee across the top for a quick and ready version of this.

  • CineChimp
    CineChimp Month ago

    Wow you can really hear the difference wearing headphones.

  • Noealz Photo
    Noealz Photo Month ago

    those are pretty cool, maybe i could use them in my apt

  • Sebastian Smith
    Sebastian Smith Month ago

    No kidding! I was just looking into building some of these. I have something very similar with a cheap backdrop stand and felt blanket.
    That being said, I'd like to get some of those blankets and see what kind of a sound booth I could jerryrig

  • EposVox
    EposVox Month ago +4

    Been following forever and I still don't know who Phil is - but he seems to regularly have a negative influence on your life. Give him the boot!

  • Joel Cazares
    Joel Cazares Month ago

    Caleb gets smaller and smaller in frame in every video lol

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthews Month ago

    Great rollabout stand. I did something vaguely similar, using two Ikea rolling clothes racks ($12.99 each) as the basis for an audio record “booth”. Four 4-way PVC pipe fittings at each upper corner plus two 5-foot furniture grade PVC pipes make a rigid frame for what is effectively a 6X5 booth. No gluing together needed - the weight of the sound blankets affixed by spring clamps holds the entire thing safely together. Height can be adjustable to 68 inches. When necessary it can be taken apart and stored in minutes.

  • Phillip Bridges
    Phillip Bridges Month ago

    Great choice of a drill 👍

  • This is Tech Today
    This is Tech Today Month ago

    AH! Sound! This is my home base. Those blankets are amazing because they're not a traditional sound panel and can move around and fit into various areas. That's so amazing! I'll have to check it out!

  • Otto C
    Otto C Month ago

    Thanks Caleb. I am building a studio and sound dampening is just down the road. This looks like a good option. Thanks again.

  • Cook Films
    Cook Films Month ago

    Great idea on bouncing the light off the blanket.

  • Joel Arvidsoon
    Joel Arvidsoon Month ago

    What motorized table did you use in your last episode?

  • Matt Jacques
    Matt Jacques Month ago +1

    This is awesome... I had just hung up a 6ft strip of old carpet, and it did a great job, but pretty heavy and doesn't do double-duty like these do!

  • Grant Aldrich
    Grant Aldrich Month ago

    These moving blankets are on the cheap at Harbor Freight.

  • Grant Aldrich
    Grant Aldrich Month ago

    I used to watch Caleb when he had hair...... now he looks like me, aerodynamic..... thanks for the way cool video.

  • Rick Gates
    Rick Gates Month ago

    Good stuff Caleb, thanks for thinking of it.

  • Shawver Creations
    Shawver Creations Month ago

    Great video Caleb! I’m going to build one of these for my studio!

  • Danatello
    Danatello Month ago

    Like you said the room you're in isn't that reflective from the get-go, I think people shouldn't expect these blankets alone to make a bad room adequate. They can HELP, but still might not be enough depending on the room. I tried a setup like this once for home recording and the effects were fairly minimal.

  • NXN Music
    NXN Music Month ago

    Dude I love these new videos, keep it up!

  • BadKarma 714
    BadKarma 714 Month ago +4

    Moving Blankets are good to for sound I got 2 @ 17.00 bucks a Piece at Home Depot.

  • Victor Multanen
    Victor Multanen Month ago

    great job!
    congratulations with new studio!

  • Gerald Undone
    Gerald Undone Month ago +5

    Loved it! Great idea and good tests.

  • Matt Graziaplene
    Matt Graziaplene Month ago

    You can save money and use moving blankets.

  • Andy Holbeck
    Andy Holbeck Month ago

    Thanks for the DIY.
    Incredibly versatile setup: sound dampening, - fill/fill, small footprint, mobile, collapsible, adjustable, etc. Just awesome!

  • TSG
    TSG Month ago

    Great video! Enjoying the tour and tutorials. Speaking as a sound engineer, keep in mind the black side is a bit "brighter" in sound because it's a nylon tight woven material that can reflect sound and the white side is more fibrous and more sound absorbent than the black side. however both sides will help kill room reverberation, but it's worth noting. Also, from a cost standpoint for those who are on a real tight budget moving blankets can also work well and will be a bit cheaper, just add grommets.

  • Sam van Rest
    Sam van Rest Month ago

    Sweet! Also, love the t-shirt! Is it available anywhere?

  • Jon Joy-Gaba
    Jon Joy-Gaba Month ago

    This is super! I can see this multi-functionally helping me with my podcasts as well as interviews.
    A cheaper, but larger support solution could be these cheap background support stands: and plastic zip ties.

  • Curtis Judd Audio
    Curtis Judd Audio Month ago +1

    Thanks for this Caleb. Love what those blankets do both for sound and lighting. I think I need to put mine on a stand like this!

  • photographer-at-large

    what's the reason for two blankets back-to-back on one roller stand?

    • Pauls Audiolabor
      Pauls Audiolabor Month ago +1

      @photographer-at-large Acoustics is quite complex field. There are many ways how the sound will go.
      * sound wave goes thru the blanket, is damped, goes out of the blanket. then because of the second layer is damped again
      * some waves are bouncing off, so when you have an air gap between the two layers the wave bounced of second layer goes thru the first layer again and is damped again. So its better to use 2 layers with air gap than just one thick layer.

    • photographer-at-large
      photographer-at-large Month ago

      Pauls Audiolabor Thank you. Is double layer blankets common practice?

    • Pauls Audiolabor
      Pauls Audiolabor Month ago

      more material means more absorption.

  • Fritzroy Smith
    Fritzroy Smith Month ago

    Nice one DSLR, like where you are going. Just a quick question, have you reviewed the new Atomos Shogun 7?

  • Bruce Wannng
    Bruce Wannng Month ago

    You should sell this as a product! I would love to buy one.

  • John Lyons
    John Lyons Month ago +3

    Those will work well for voice work as they absorb high frequencies well. But they don't absorb much if any midrange or low end. If you were working with music sources, bands or instruments you'd need additional (more full range ) absorbtion. What you have is a good option for cutting high end flutter echo and room sound..

    • Coalition Gaming
      Coalition Gaming Month ago

      I'm going to be doing up a new office/mini-studio for my channel and want the best full range sound deadening/proofing without being forced to break the bank. What do you recommend to get? If I can mount things directly to the wall to save space, that would be even better.

    • hobbes1231
      hobbes1231 Month ago

      having two blankets have made a cut for the mid range. they create an air gap between the wall and each other. you wouldn't need more reduction for the low end if your not doing sound mixing. i think it's a pretty slick idea!

  • Debtfreehomesteaders
    Debtfreehomesteaders Month ago +3

    I never thought of using a sound blanket to bounce light. Genius.. Thanks for sharing. I love the new space!

  • DroiMedia
    DroiMedia Month ago

    Really nice setup, been wanting to make something a little more mobile for my current space (metal walls in my new house.... woof), and this fits the bill. Nice input on the oak/hardwood too, definitely something most people wouldn't consider immediately with heftier weight of the blankets.

  • denoise_
    denoise_ Month ago

    Thoughts on going 2:1 aspect ratio?

  • Chadi Audi
    Chadi Audi Month ago

    Great video as always

  • Aidan Hennebry
    Aidan Hennebry Month ago

    SO COOL. Love this Caleb. Have been searching for half-decent sound blankets for a while so really appreciate the recommendation.

  • Kyle Ranney
    Kyle Ranney Month ago

    Nice! I think I would do the same thing but with a piece of strut or and ear and square from a 6x frame.

  • Dave Maze
    Dave Maze Month ago

    Three videos in ONE WEEK!!!? What!!! I love it

  • Michael Hession
    Michael Hession Month ago

    Are those blankets the 80x80 or 96x80 size?

  • Stopmo'd
    Stopmo'd Month ago

    Lots of great ideas! Since I'm in an unfinished basement, I often hang blankets, etc, right from the ceiling. And as an old fastener guy, here's some nomenclature that might help find things faster at the hardware store: 1/2-13 (coarse) x 1-1/2 Hex Head Bolt and 1/2 x 2 Fender Washer. For eye screws look for a close match, sizes vary by manufacturer. Save some $ by using S hooks instead of carabiners.

  • MarcosElMalo2
    MarcosElMalo2 Month ago

    This is a nice simple build. Thank you for sharing it.
    My question is this: Are you using this diy equipment to accomplish both tasks at once, or are you prioritizing one task over another? You might want to create two of these when moving it to fulfill one duty will impair it’s ability to fulfill the other!
    For viewers on a real shoestring budget, I’d like to suggest furniture blankets, which are of similar (but not equal) construction. These are sometimes referred to as moving blankets. Best prices I’ve seen are at Harbor Freight, and they often go on sale.
    Lastly, I’d like to point out that your rig is extremely versatile. For example, it would make a good wall if you’re tenting a window (and didn’t have access to a 10’ frame or whatever).