ClearSonic W4-6 SORBER Sound Absorbing Panel

ClearSonic Manufacturing responds to the need for affordable, effective acoustic control products with its W4-6 SORBER Sound Absorbing Panel System.
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ClearSonic Manufacturing responds to the need for affordable, effective acoustic control products with its W4-6 SORBER Sound Absorbing Panel System.

Features/In use

ClearSonic Manufacturing's W4-6 SORBER is a portable wood-panel sound absorption system constructed of six hardboard Masonite panels that measure 1/4" thick, 24" wide and 48" high. The panels are connected by a heavy-duty plastic hinge, which holds them together and allows them to be positioned in a freestanding array.

The W4-6 is designed to be used with four boxes of ClearSonic's F3-6 Acoustic Foam panels. The foam sections, which measure 3" thick, 24" wide and 12" high can be attached in banks of four to each panel, using supplied Velcro strips. ClearSonic also manufactures multipanel acrylic sheet isolation shields (PAR, 9/99, p. 40).

I tested the system in a small recording studio, placing it behind and in front of a four-piece drum set. Microphones were placed on the kit, as well as on both sides of the panels. The foam side of the enclosure absorbed the energy of the kit well, containing the low-end rumble in the room.

Summary

For a street cost of $384, the ClearSonic system is inexpensive and quite effective in its design. It is heavy and a bit difficult for one person to maneuver, but with the foam panels removed, it can be folded up for easier transport. It should be more than adequate in live sound or studio applications.

Contact ClearSonic at 330-650-1420.