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Plexiglass as a sound barrier

What does plexiglass do to the sound behind it or in front of it?

Plexiglass shields are used to manage live drums, stage monitors, guitar amps & to protect musicians ears from other instruments on stage. What frequencies are actually affected by the plexiglass and are there downsides to using it?

Let’s find out…
The measurement setup:
DUT – Plexiglass shield
SOURCE – Meyer UPJ
RESPONSE – Earthworks TC30K.
APP – Spectra Foo Complete
PLATFORM – Mac Book Pro 2010
AUDIO I/O – Metric Halo 2882.

Here we go:
UPJ plexi @ midpointThis is the trace with the plexiglass mid way between the mic & the speaker
UPJ plexi mid
UPJ plexi @ speakerThis is the trace with the plexiglass a few inches away from the speaker
UPJ plexi @ UPJ
UPJ plexi @ mic 1
UPJ plexi @ mic 2This is the trace with the plexiglass a few inches away from the mic
UPJ plexi @ micThis is the trace with all the captures visible.
UPJ Plexi all measurementsWhat is happening to the sound behind the plexi once the plexi is blocking it’s path? For example, how does wrapping a drummer in plexiglass affect the drum sound? If the drummer has an open vocal mic inside the plexiglass cage, how is that affected?
UPJ mic behind plexi
UPJ mic behind plexiThere are obviously two sides to every plexiglass panel & while it may solve issues on one side, it may cause others. After seeing the FR of the various traces & how plexiglass affects the sound, I will go forward with a better understanding of what I am losing, what I’m gaining & how to approach correcting those inherent aspects of plexiglass use.

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