What are Clearsound Baffles?
Clearsound Baffles are a transparent, lightweight acoustic treatment system used to control and improve live sound.
How do Clearsound Baffles Work?
Keeping vocalists on top of a live mix is one of a sound engineer's top priorities - and it's often the most difficult to maintain. To do this, vocalists' microphones require sensitive treatment and control of high-end frequencies where the voice's clarity and articulative qualities reside. However, if these microphones pick up other nearby, high-frequency sounds (like cymbals and horns), the resulting sound sent through the PA to the audience is hissing and shrill. When this happens, the sound engineer's only recourse is to turn these valuable frequencies down, resulting in a muffled vocal with little presence.
In the past, the solution for this was to put the offending instrument - most commonly the drums - in a plexiglass box (often fondly referred to as a "cage" or "fishbowl"). While this successfully reduced uncontrolled stage sounds, it simultaneously prevented the drummer from interacting with other band members, created a buildup of unwanted reflected sounds into the drum microphones, and essentially "killed the vibe" all with a high price tag.
Clearsound Baffles allow the user to essentially spot treat only the harshest sound sources and allow the rest of the instrument to breathe. When positioned between these sound sources and nearby stage microphones, they deflect and filter high-end frequencies and create a natural "low pass" or "roll off" effect. This instantly creates more space for the sound engineer to properly treat those valuable high-end frequencies and gives the singer the clarity and presence they need.
How big are Clearsound Baffles? How much do they weigh?
Standard Clearsound Baffles are 22" inches in diameter, fitting perfectly in nearly any standard cymbal bag or the Clearsound Vault Hard Case. Each baffle weighs a mere 24 ounces.
Can I customize my Clearsound Baffles?
Absolutely! Clearsound Baffles can be ordered in diameters ranging from 10"-30", a myriad of colors including naturally luminescent neons, and with custom laser-etched artwork. Custom orders may require an additional fee. Contact us directly for more information and to place your order.
How do I clean/care for my Clearsound Baffles?
To keep your baffles clear, we recommend Clearsound Baffle Polish applied with a Clearsound Microfiber Polishing Cloth, which will give your baffles a clean shine and remove/reduce the appearance of any abrasions. For routine cleaning, use regular dish detergent. *Do not use chemical-based cleaners (like Windex), as these can interact unfavorably with the polymer and cause clouding.*
What is the best way to store my Clearsound Baffles?
When not in use, we recommend storing your Clearsound Baffles in a padded bag with separators in between them. Our Clearsound Vault Case is an ideal solution for storage and protection.
What is the turnaround time after I place an order?
Most non-custom orders ship within 1 business day or less (many are often ship same day). Custom orders typically ship within 1 week, but can take up to 2 weeks depending on the order. For more detailed quotes and turnaround times for custom orders, please contact us.
What is your warranty/return policy?
Orders returned undamaged within 30 days of the purchase date will be issued a full refund via the original method of payment. Returned orders with damaged or missing items will receive a partial fund minus the cost of the damaged/missing items. Buyer is responsible for all return shipping costs.
Clearsound Baffles are covered by a 90-day warranty from the date of purchase against manufacturer defects including scratches and cracks. This warranty does not include accidental damage. Should any of these circumstances occur, regardless of cause or source, please contact Clearsound Baffles support.