Originally Posted by Drew
I believe it is, I called the company and they said it was, and they have a ton of reviews, there is certainly some not so good stuff out there, but after a lot of looking I've been satisfied with the foamily stuff. There's obviously *a lot* of people in audio using the foamily stuff. The density and formulation of the foam is super similar to the Auralex ones (which are of course one of the cheapest products Auralex offers).
Of course the flutter echo tiles are the least "hard to do" bit of treatment. For anything more serious, like bass traps, you are probably better off DIY or buying something more expensive. The ultra absorbtion tiles Auralex makes are also another thing entirely than the ridged reflection tiles. The ridged reflection tiles aren't really thought of as the "frontline" of treatment.
It also depends on room size and room mode and all of that stuff of course. The Auralex ones are slightly deeper. If you are only doing like 12-24 tiles in a smaller room the Auralex ones might be preferrable, but I wanted to cover a much larger space, so the Foamily ones worked for my needs.
In terms of mounting them 3m Super 77 (which is of course also flammable, like the foam, so be extra careful installing
) is the way to go. It depends on what kind of paint and spackle you have or if you thought you were ever going to redo it anyways or whatever, but I wouldn't say it's impossible to clean or peel off.
Luckily, the measurements for both sound absorbtion and fire resistance are technical figures, so you can call pretty much any reputable foam company and compare.
There's also a lot of other considerations, including how you are mounting them. The Auralex ones being more expensive means that most people don't mount them directly to the walls, which means there is extra expense and all kinds of extra hassles.
For the flutter echo/killing reflections bit I think they are fine. But most people agree that isn't the main front of treatment anyways. In a big room it's certainly noticeable though.
For doing a lot of square footage on a ceiling I think the Foamily ones are a good choice. There's of course a ridiculous amount of stuff to look at though. Some of the cheaper options are definitely total shit. I'm sure Gear Slutz has a huge range of threads on the subject.
Part of the reason I wanted such a large area of coverage was because the room was large (long/high ceilings), I use big speakers that aren't in the "modern nearfield" format, and I like lots of lush Scorpions "Love at First Sting" style reverb over modern, drier records. Using that much reverb in particular, it helps to kill as many reflections as possible. If your situation doesn't need such a large area treated, you might be better off shelling out more for the auralex ones if you are planning on only buying one pack.
Of course, needless to say, the fact that it's something you are going to be affixing/gluing to things yourself, or cutting yourself is a consideration. It's not out of the question you will fuck up a couple times while getting the method down. As is the consideration if you want to keep it permanently. Which all gave the foamliy ones a slight edge in my case.
None of the stuff is perfectly fire safe though, although some is certainly safer than others, I have two fire extinguishers in the room ready to go just in case.
Depends on your place too. In Wyoming/Montana, most of the walls are already built sturdy enough for winter that the insulation and materials are more suitable for sound than something you would find in like, an old Florida apartment. Exterior walls are usually slightly more suitable than interior ones as a general rule.
Then there's all kinds of shit like, windows shouldn't be at reflection points and all that. Mind boggling amount of stuff really. The vast majority of studios, even pro ones, can only do so much. Because it's like, "What if I still want shelves in here to organize things?".
The foamily stuff definitely works though, once you get some of it going you can hear it with the "walk in a room and clap" method.