Instructions to Mount GIK Soffit Bass Trap on the Wall

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My friend just bought some custom made GIK acoustic sound traps for his home recording studio.  However, there are no real install or mounting instructions for the GIK Soffit Bass Trap that we could find online.  So here they are:

Step 1: Find the side of the Soffit Bass Trap with the keyholes in them.  There are two:  one on top, the other near the bottom.  They are hidden behind the fabric.  This is in case you don’t want to mount them and have them standing in a corner instead.

Step 2: Using a small utility knife, slice a slit the size of the keyhole.

Pic of fabric slit access to keyhole underneath

Step 3: The Soffit Bass Trap comes with just enough drywall anchors and screws for no mistakes.  (The anchors are NOT the Toggler Drywall anchors.  The anchors that come with the Soffit Bass Trap has an extra neck.  Check link to neobits.com for the proper replacements.  Just order the ones for the right screw size you will use.  There are a few options, so scroll down the page.) Make sure you measure two or three times to get them in right the first time.  Your measurements may not necessarily be the same as what we measured as these are all custom made.   We were putting them in from the ceiling down.Pic of drywall anchors and screws for mounting of GIK Soffit Bass Trap

  1. Put both drywall anchors into the keyholes and slide them to the end. Measure from the top of the trap to the keyhole. (We got 4.125″) Pic of tape measurement from top of Soffit Bass Trap to drywall anchor
  2. Now this is the tricky part because the drywall anchor needs to go in through the circlular portion of the keyhole then the Soffit Bass Trap slides into place. So proper measurement is crucial.  If you’re mounting into the corners of the walls, the hole of the keyhole side should be facing the non- keyhole side of the bass trap that will be going up against the other wall.
  3. Measure the distance from the edge that will be placed into the corner to the center of one anchor.  (We got 8.75″)
  4. Then lastly measure from the top of the trap down to the center of the second anchor.  (We got 42.25″)

Step 4.  Now transfer all of those measurements onto the wall.

Step 5.  The drywall anchors are  meant to be bent in towards the head.  Then when the screw goes in, the bent anchor straightens out behind the drywall which anchors the bass trap into place.  Find a drill bit that will fit the anchor when bent. We used a 9/32 drill bit.  Bend the anchor and put it in the drilled hole up to the first flat circle.  You may need to hammer it in a bit, but DO NOT hammer it in past that flat circle.Pic of bent drywall anchor for GIK Soffit Bass Trap mount

Step 6.  Put the screw into the anchor.  You can use a drill, but only for starting. DO NOT finish with the drill because it will push the anchor into the drywall past the flat circle and that is NOT what you want.

Pic of screw being drilled into drywall anchor for GIK Soffit Bass Trap mount

For more control, use a hand screwdriver to finish.

Pic of manually screwing screw into drywall anchor for GIK Soffit Bass Trap mount

Pic of complete look of drywall anchors and screws in wall for GIK Soffit Bass Trap mount

Step 7. Now you should be ready to mount the Soffit Bass Trap.  If your measurements were done correctly you should be able to place the anchors into the keyhole then slide the bass trap snug into the corner of the wall.

Pic of completely mounted GIK Soffit Bass Trap in corner of room

Step 8.  Repeat all measurements for the second bass trap then repeat Steps 4-7.

Pic of pair of GIK Soffit Bass Traps completely mounted in corners of a room

Good luck!

PS. We would love to see pics of your GIK fitted studio.  Post your pics in the Comments section!

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. John Eye says:

    Here is my control room at Beach House Studios outfitted with GIK soffits in the corners, 244’s on the sides and as the ceiling cloud.

    They installed surprisingly easily, and made a massive difference to the room tone. Thank you GIK.

    http://www.thebeachhousestudios.com/

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