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Thermal Plasterboard – Heavy Duty Soundproofing

If you are looking for some heavy duty sound deadening in your basement or home studio, thermal plasterboard may be right for you.  Thermal plasterboard is great for areas that have a heat source like some basements that are near the heater, incinerator, water heater or fireplace.

Using thermal plasterboard as a soundproofing device is quite common since the thermal plasterboards seem to be quite a bit thicker somewhat like Gyproc wallboard (insulated plasterboard).   These plasterboards are usually insulated and factory bonded and used in high thermal areas because of their excellent thermal capabilities.  You will be pleased to know that thermal plasterboard most of the time has an extremely low toxicity and includes many vapor control layers to keep moisture out.

As noted in the website before, density is what helps keep sound in or out.   Using thermal plasterboards is a great alternative to using something like the lead backed sheetrock.   I have a friend who used thermal panels in his basement and actually has them on rolling wheels and moves them around when needed.

Thermal plasterboards are not only useful in the studio to stop sound waves from getting out and bouncing around!   Thermal plasterboards are made to conserve energy.  If you are working or playing or recording in a basement, having the warmth stay inside is a great benifit, its like killing two birds with one stone.

Due to the thickness and weight to these boards as opposed to sheetrock, you will have to anchor them to the walls with heavy duty anchors, not just some cheap nails you picked up at the local Home Depot.   Make sure when working with plasterboard for soundproofing that you check with the local authorities as to the zoning laws.  In some states it is not permitted to put a caulk or thermal compound between the wall studs or sub-wall and any type of plasterboard, sheetrock or paneling.

If you are zoned for installing sound proofing and thermal plasterboard, you may be required to use at least four mechanical screw fixing to attach the plasterboard.   This is to prevent the plasterboard from falling down in the case of a fire in the area.

In conclusion, we’ve disgussed in the website the advantages of having extremely dense material as soundproofing.  Density is number one when it comes to noise reduction.   Recording engineers and hobbyists really look at thermal plasterboard as a solution because its dense, it holds heat, and can be painted to fit the existing room.

Soundproofing Walls – Isolation and Noise Reduction Methods

Soundproofing walls imo is the most important part to diy soundproofing.  The walls are very important because this is a major reflection point.  You will hear many cheap studios who do not have side wall soundproofing have very poor results.  When you dont go about soundproofing walls, the thing is you get a very strong comb-filtering effect.

Comb filtering without soundproofed walls is actually the sound bouncing off of one wall and hitting another.  This continues on and on until the frequencies of the sound end up cancelling out.

Soundproofing wall textures are available.  There are heavy paints that claim that they do a good job soundproofing wall surfaces.  Usually in studios you will see carpeting used to soundproof almost everything in the room, including the walls, doors, ceilings and obviously the floor.

A lot of the foam insulation or foam corner deadeners work very well.  Foam does over different advantages to other options as well.

Most of the sound proofing foam you will find will actually have deflection patterns inside the foam.  These look like hills and valleys and do just an excellent job sound sound deadening and killing those bouncing sound waves.

You also have to worry about standing sound waves in a room that did not have even the most basic soundproofing.  Standing waves are waves that bounce and bounc and clash with other standing waves in an unsoundproofed room.

Caulking the studs, simple decoupling.

This next tip is only applicable obviously if you are starting a new build such as a recording studio.  With just the studs exposed, it is common practice to start soundproofing the walls by putting up heavy cauking over the studs.

This both stops vibrations and stops air gaps, sealing them up so no air(which will contain sound) can get through.  You may also see the use of that green glue or other glues here to stop vibration.

If you are in a professional build, you can also look into lead lined sheet rock.  Lead lined sheetrock has about 1/8 inch of lead glued to one side of the sheetrock, you commonly face this side of the soundproofing sheetrock to the studs.

For soundproofing, this lead lined sheetrock is great, but id does coast about $150-300 per piece of sheetrock, now that may seem like a lot, but if your a pro, it soon pays off for itself.  How much does diy soundproofing lead sheetrock weigh?  Well sheetrock lead lined for soundproofing walls weighs about 2 pounds per sheet, soo it can get quite heavy.

Professional soundproofing does cost a bit, but well, thats just a part of being a professional :)

Soundproofing Products – An Overview

Soundproofing products come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be used for many different types of applications.  You name it and theres a soundproofing product for what your looking for for example, pipe soundproofing, vibrational soundproofing, garage soundproofing, door soundproofing, computer soundproofing.

It’s important to remember that there are two major categories for soundproofing products.  Sound proofing and sound absorption.

To make it easy, think of soundproofing as well, stopping sound from entering or excaping and think of sound absorption as blocking or eating reflections and echo points.

The term “products” is pretty big so here are some soundproofing products you may not have thought about:

  • Soundproofing glue
  • Soundproofing area rugs
  • Soundproofing fixation brackets
  • Mounting screws
  • Eggshell foam
  • Screws as oppossed to nails
  • Towels for handing from the ceiling

It’s very easy to get carried away with noise reduction efforts, and the good thing about this is, well its good!  Every small thing you do to block sound or bounce reflections and reverbs helps, you honestly can’t go too far with your noise reducing efforts here.

For advanced recording studio needs, there are a lot of hangers, stands, flanges, cables and ties involved with acoustical sound products.  For the most part though, the companies have done a good job at hiding these brackets and mounting flanges in the back of the diffusors or sound deadening panels.

Contact adhesives really have a strong role in the business.  Contact adhesives for soundproofing are used to keep the face plates of the panels glued on, which are usually made of cloth.  Remember that soundproofing products such as the actual sound panels are multi-layer and do require some assembly, this is where the contact adhesives really come into play.

Some real acustic guys will say that fiberglass, sound board, foam insulation and extra layers of panels do not stop noise transmission.  They are partly correct.  The are acting more as diffussors for the sound so if you really want to stop the sound you need mass and density.  Dense materials are what really stop the sound and create an echo free environment.  But I would not keep these soundproofing products out of the mix, they do have thier uses.

As you can see, soundproofing products range from glue to rugs to nails.  Basically anything that is dense and able to be used for hanging can be concidered a soundproofing product, now get out there and read some more and become a pro in noise reduction!

Soundproof Plasterboard – The Perminant Soundproofing Solution

Soundproofing plasterboard can be a real option for you because its easy to obtain, easy to install and can be finished to match the particular room that you are working with.  Soundproof plasterboard has great density, which is an important part of sound transmission.

To reduce sound transmission between rooms you basically create isolation by the use of high density plasterboard and/or insulation.   Plasterboard manufacturers have in fact reduced the thickness or density of many of their boards that are used in typical residential builds.  You can still easily obtain the thicker plasterboards by just asking as it does come in many thicknesses and densities.

Using high density soundproofing plasterboard for sound reinforcement and soundproofing requires that you use some heavy duty wall fasteners to fasten the heavy boarding to the frame walls.   You may have to purchase custom made heavy duty flanges and nails.  Make sure you are using an adhesive that is spread on the joints of the plasterboard to prevent vibrations and to further increase the sound deflection and absorption properties of the board.

Acoustic plasterboard is really effective when it is applied to the bottom of jointed  ceilings.  You can also use sound absorbing bars that will further reduce the sound absorption of the board.  When using plasterboard in conjunction with the other soundproofing tips on this page, you will realize how much this works over the other methods such as foam and soundproofing curtains.  This is because the plasterboard contains a high density mass, and as I have stated and pretty much preach that density is the name of the game when it comes to noise and sound reduction.

As opposed to some of the other soundproofing options as well, the soundproof plasterboard is usually rated with a good strong fire rating.  This means you can practically install the boards anywhere and encase a whole room in the stuff.  Soundproofing plasterboard, if you have the money should be considered to be one of the first steps in any sound reduction project.

Many online vendors will sell hopped up and special kinds of soundproofing plasterboard, so you have to look around and make sure you are getting what you want.  As always, you should check local vendors for soundproofing plasterboard so that you can actually take a look at the board and make sure it fits into what you are looking to achieve.  Soundproofing right from the start with a fresh build is extremely easy when using this type of noise reduction methods.  The density isn’t anything to worry about, but you will have to upgrade and possible use heavy duty grade nails and screws to support the additional weight.

Take a look around on the internet, follow links and make an informed decision.  There are a lot of products that you can install in conjunction with the soundproofing plasterboard that can greatly increase the effectiveness when it comes to the sound reduction properties for the home studio, home office, home theater, garage, basement or whatever you are planning on soundproofing.  Have fun and enjoy the ride, because once you take the time to put up soundproofing panels and boards, it is something that is permanent and not something that you are probably going to be replacing or modifying in times to come.  Good luck!

Soundproofing Panels – Portable Noise Reduction

Soundproofing panels are good for areas that don’t need 100% soundproofing. Soundproofing panels are great alternatives to solid insulation type soundproofing that is setup in a permanent structure. These soundproof panels can be places anywhere on an instance notice. Many of the panels have designs on them and can be mounted directly to your wall, taking up little or no space at all. Some great uses for soundproof panels are:

  • Engine Test Cells
  • Dyno Booths
  • Transformer Enclosures
  • Acoustic Louvers
  • Acoustic Doors
  • Silencers
  • Acoustic Screens
  • Generator Enclosures
  • Blower Enclosures
  • Pump Enclosures
  • Air Compressor Enclosures
  • Air Conditioner Enclosures

Soundproofed panels come in many shapes and sizes. The size of the panel greatly shows how much sound absorption that can be had. For example some of the soundproofing panels can measure 26X4 inches. These are great, not only because they are small, but they are quite efficient at what they do. These panels work really well for controlling reflections that you may have either from placing a speaker too close to a wall(because of limited space) or controlling the low end frequency bleed of instruments in the recording studio such as drums or guitar amps.

If you purchase the plain soundproofing panels, one option that you have is to cover them with carpeting, creating carpet covered soundproofing.  You will want to use a shag type carpet, because the shag will act as a higher density, and density is what create sound and noise reduction.

It may take you awhile to find the exact and best position to place the acoustic panels in at first.  No two rooms are the same, and the only way to find out what works in the room is to well, try it.  Some rooms are live and some rooms are dead, just by design.  Acoustic soundproof panels really do make a difference when your dealing with apartment noise reduction, since they are non-destructive and you can place the sound panels anywhere and not worry about long term damage.

Creating an acoustic barrier against doors is also a good use for these panels.  Doors react well when there are diffusions in front of them and not letting the sound pass right through the door.  Its like getting in the way of sound waves, you really want to make it hard for them to get where they are going.

DIY soundproofing panels is a common and quite easy task.  You can create a soundproof panel of your choice for about $20.00.  You need a wood frame, chicken wire and some insulation.  Wrap the chicken wire around the frame, stuff it with insulation and wrap/staple the cloth(an old sheet) to the outside and you have yourself a great low cost soundproofing panel.

Soundproofing panels can make all the difference in the world, and the good thing is, you can put them in the closet or storage space when your done!

Soundproofing Insulation – More Dense The Better

Soundproofing insulation has many uses, here are a few:

  • Broadcast Studios
  • Commercial Recording Studios
  • Commercial Theaters
  • Equipment Enclosures
  • Homes Theaters
  • Multi Family Dwellings

Investion in acoustic sound insulation and soundproofing is a great thing to do for a home studio.  You have to keep up with the changes though, because its almost everyday that you see insulation especially soundproofing insulation changing due to environmental concerns.  Many of the new foam soundproofing insulations of today are biodegradable or recycled from existing material.  Its part of the go-green movement.

When you are looking at getting some soundproofing especially insulating type, you should really look at price over the “quality”.  A lot of these insulations for sound proofing are the same stuff, but with different quality standards that are set to throw the consumer off.  Really, when it comes down to it, a lot of these deadening products are the same.

You want to look for some sound deadening insulation that is rigid.  This is because sound waves travel faster over flat surfaces, we don’t want that here, we want the sound waves to start to slow down, bounce off eachother and eventually cancel themselves out.

There are many shapes of soundproofing insulation on the market today and they have many uses.  Some sound proof boards are made for home studio use, some are made for industrial use and a lot of them are made for office usage.  They vary greatly in the types of material that surround them, for instance, an insulation for an industrial setting may have a water proof barrier on the outside.  A soundproofing insulation for an office setting may have cloth on the outside.

I typically try to get the thickest and most dense insulating material that I can find, since we are after density and rigidity here.  I like to pickup the square blocks of insulation instead of the rolled up fiber insulation.  I think they are neater and eaiser to work with in any setting, especially in tight bedroom studios and lower budget gigs.

Some soundproofing insulation will require you to get permits.  While this is not too common, it is something for you to check out, since we dont want to be breaking any health or hazard codes for your state/city.

The one thing that these soundproofing insulations wont help with are interior sounds.  Sounds such as walls and floors settling, water pumps, a/c units etc.  For these types of noises your really going to have to build a complete soundproof room and probably a floating room configuration, but those are only really seen in the big professional audio recording studios.

Soundproofing Foam – The Common Acoustic Solution

Soundproofing foam by some isn’t really a good noise reduction strategy.  It is proven that foams do not work as good as sheetrock or dense walls.  Well no kidding!  Soundproofing foam isn’t just for soundproofing and completely making something air tight and sound tight, its for controlling early reflections and very small high frequency noises that you may hear.

Typically though when I think of foam, I usually think of it as a way to keep sound out of a certain area instead of keeping sound in.  For example, it may be used in the walls of houses, in the walls of apartment buildings, in speaker cabinets etc.

In recording studios foam panels are used to on the face of walls and other flat objects as well as the ceilings.  This is very comming in as I said studios, gymasiuums and churches.  These open-cell type acoustic foam panels actually end up converting the sound engery into heat as they enter into the small micro-cavities of the absorbtion material.

The main benifit that you can see and hear right away to using foam for soundproofing is that you get a cleaner more crisp and full frequency response in the room.  This is because in the frequency domain, the echos that you hear in the room have a frequency and when two or more echos collide they mask or cancell out eachother, this is called masking.  A certain frequency range can be completely destroyed here, making your audio recordings very non-clear and not focused.

Another common use for soundproofing foam is to use it inside of your computer case.  Computer fans are quite noisey and it is common place now to create a sound tight and soundproof computer case.  After awhile the sound of the fan becomes too much for the average person after sitting at the computer for a long days work.   If you are worried about heat in your computer after installing sound deadening foam, you can easily create a hard drive isolation box and extend the wires of your hard drive outside of the case.  This keeps the harddrive cool and quite.

Most soundproofing foam panels are made from melamine and they come in a couple of different shapes and sizes.  You typically see the egg carton shape, the pyramid and the row shape.  While many professionals say there is a difference in the different sizes and shapes, I tend to think they all do pretty much the same thing, although it does matter how deep the pryamids stick out in soundproofing foams.

Acoustic soundproofing foam is great, use it where you can, remember that every little bit of sound deadening or sound reflection helps when soundproofing a room or studio.

Soundproofing Companies – Reputation Is Everything

Choosing a soundproofing company isn’t an easy task.  Many companies that do soundproofing have special requirements and only do certain styles of soundproofing.  How can you find a good soundproofing company that will work with you and provide you with the best solution?

There are a few questions you should ask the company such as:

  • Do the prices on the website still hold true for the prices you get when they come to your home?
  • Do they charge you for the scraps of sound insulation that are not being used?
  • Do they have to come out and do an estimate first?

Before you choose a noise reduction company, you should meet them in person at their shop.  It is real easy to sound well put together over the phone.  Soundproofing companies also are largely put together on scene, meaning they do not arrive from one central warehouse, so you have to make sure the workers are going to be on the same page.

I personally would look for soundproofing companies that opperate their own sattelite stores, where you can go in, check out the merchandise and new technology and actually meet a few of the employees.

Don’t be affraid to ask questions about noise or frequency waves or things that relate to audio here.  By doing this you will find out right away if this is the right soundproofing company for you, if not, there’s many other companies out there that can do the job.

The setup is usually pretty straight forward, but again it depends on the type of soundproofing that you are getting installed.  Some of the more detailed sound muffling technologies that involve removing paneling and inserting foam between existing walls can take time and cause quite a mess.  Its all worth it though, its only a few days of havok before you are inside of your new soundproof area.

As you should with any company check with the BBB to find out if they have any marks against them, and by marks, I mean serious ones, I wouldn’t frett too much about what some comments on there might have stemed from, seriously, these sound proofing companies deal with a lot of people, a lot of customers with different tastes and ways of doing things.

When your looking at a soundproofing company, remember that many of the businesses are going to the same manufacturer for their supplies, so don’t let the choice of insulation materials sway your decision.  Chances are most of the companies will have the same stuff and same processes.

Soundproof Studio – Noise Reduction For Professional Results

First thing your gonna wanna do to get a soundproof studio is talk with people.  When you are building a professional studio you really need the expertise of a professional acoustic consultant.  The acoustic consultant will be able to tell you everything you need to do to get a soundproof studio that will be capable of home recording and achieving professional soundproof recordings.

Each room has its own soundproofing needs, and nobody can tell you better than a soundproofing guy, I mean he does this for a living and perhaps and most likely has some college or in-depth education to back up his acoustical knowledge.

Some rooms you do not want to be 100% soundproofed.  This is popular in many of the new modern recording studios.  Since a totally soundproof room tends to sound “dead”, many of the new studios will have different rooms for different instruments.

Its not all that uncommon to see studios have a dead soundproofed room and a live room!

I’m definitely not saying to leave all aspects to a sound guy.  You do still have to do a lot of research to determine what different types of materials you may want to utilize.

You can use foams, corks, batting carpets, lead sheetrock etc.  There are so many options and you really need to do your homework here when deciding to start to work on a soundproof studio.

  • So the basic procedure goes something like this:
  • Do research into all the different types of materials you will need.
  • Measure the areas that you have, so you know how much of soundproofing that you will need to order.
  • Work on any rough work, installing window plugs etc
  • Install the soundproofing materials
  • Test the soundproofing job by using an SPL meter

Professional studios:  Room inside a room the ultimate solution.

If you’re really going out and having a professional soundproof studio built, you will probably end up creating a room inside a room.  This features floating walls, floating floors etc.

The main thing here is that the vibrational forces from sound waves will not transfer to the outside walls, and vise versa.  You really do achieve the best soundproofing this way, and its the sure ticket to getting a professional soundproof studio.

Wall plugs, wall coverings iso cabinets, rooms within rooms and diy sound material will get you pretty far in creating your dream sound room.

These soundproof rooms are commonly used for music recording, music mixing, mastering, mastering engineering etc.  Soundproofing not only cuts the amount of sound leakage, it also cuts back on the amount of extraneous noises that may show up in an audio recording.

There you have it, you have all the resources you need.  As I always say, search search search, look around, you find the best tips and advice by just searching around and trying out new links.

Soundproof Doors Using Sheets And Foam

Of all the soundproofing techniques and questions, I often get asked the most about soundproof doors.  The reason being is that the rooms usually do a good job at natural soundproofing.  The doors are various and they are shaped and made of different materials such as wood, steel and cork.

Soundproof doors are a bit tricky because you need them to be flexable, after all it is a door, you have to rememeber(which I hope isn’t too hard) that you need to be opening and closing this door.

The first thing to make sure of is to get a solid door.  Many doors in new builds are cheap and are actually hollow.  You need to start of with a good solid door and then move on to the door frame.  The door frame for a soundproof door is very important here, but can be one of the soundproof studios most easiest things to fix.

Any home improvement store will sell a sound deadeding or soundproofing type of foam insulation that you can use around the door frame as well as the door jam.

To have a fully soundproof door you are are going to want to get a guard or a sweeper that fits tight to the floor.  This will stop any of the standing soundwaves from penatrating underneat the door gap.

Soundproofing a door for better sleep?

All this talk about soundproofing too isn’t just for audio recording.  The door is a major leak point.  You can use these techniques for soundproofing for a better nights sleep for example.  Or allowing others to sleep well.  If you are not extremely serious about this, you can start with making a sealing door sweep.

Backing the door with high density foam is problably the most common technique for soundproofing in this area.

You will want to search for:

  • Door gaskets
  • Sealing door sweeps
  • Soundproofing barriers
  • Soundproofing rubber (for doors)
  • Soundroofed flooring

How to soundproof door? well, you’ve gotten a lot of tips so far, lets keep going!

Soundproofing a door: How the pro’s do it.

For a professional setup, you will build flanges that stick off the door about 2 inches.  Attatched to these flanges you should put some flat sheetrock or lumbar.

Its not complicated on how to soundproof a door. Attaching some foam to that will give you a great barrier.  Surely you can pickup some cheap sheet sets and staple them to the backing board or putting a design right over the sheets.

This will give you attractive soundproof doors to keep the sound out for recording or just getting that good nights sleep.

Out of all the soundproofing I have done to my rooms in a novice or beginner setting, I can say that having a soundproof door really does make the most difference when you are in an apartment setting.

Soundproof Ceiling – Basements, Rooms And More

Sound transmission through the ceiling surfaces of an apartment or house is a common problem, especially in multi-family housing establishments suchs as townhouses.  Ceiling surfaces often do not get much soundproofing and are mostly overlooked.

Soundproof ceiling provides a reflection free area that covers the whole room.  People without a soundproof ceiling do not really understand the amount of reflections and bouncing of frequency signals thats going on.

Sometimes you want a live sounding ceiling, for such things as vocal rooms and drum rooms.  In these instances you can buy diffusors that are specifically designed to enhance certain frequencies and provide a certain sound.  Mostly though, I think the best and safest solution in the studio or apartment is to have a soundproof ceiling.

If you own your own home theres a couple of ceiling sealing things that you can do.  You can actually call out a company that will drill holes into your ceiling and inject a soundproof foam into the ceiling.  Now this is good for frequency range stuff like talking and television noises, but for walking and banging, theres really no solution that can be had for that.

Having a truly soundproof ceiling has got to start from construction.  I know this may sound funny, but for the loud music type stuff, you can actually(and I’ve seen this done) nail carpeting to the ceiling.  I’ve actually seen one person who applied some egg carton type foam to the ceiling and then nailed carpeting on the top of that.  It really made a difference, but most of the difference was in the room itself – helping out with echos and stuff of that nature.

We know that sound passes easily through solid materials, and well lets hope your ceiling is solid.  Another option you have to create a soundproof ceiling is to install a drop ceiling.  The cool thing about a drop ceiling is that you can stuff anything in between the drop ceiling panels(which provide great sound proofing) and the existing ceiling.

You will not be able to even see any of the sound deadening materials up there if you use a drop ceiling.  This technique is often performed in professional studios to create a totally soundproof ceiling.

The Room Acoustics Calculator – Precise Results

If your looking for an acoustically sound room for mixing, recording, engineering or just listening to the hi-fi surround sound system, you need a room acoustic calculator to help you make decisions on what type of sound treatments your room is going to need.   Different rooms require different treatments, this can all be figured out basically by starting to work with a room acoustical calculator.

What is a room acoustic calculator?  Room acoustics calculators help you determine how many sabins you will need to add to your room to get the results you desire.  These calculators can help you see what downfalls in the frequency range your room may have.   You may find that certain rooms have a boomy 60hz boost while dropping quite a bit at 100hz.  Some rooms drop 5k and above while dropping the low end frequencies as well.   The only way to really know what type of sound eq correction your going to need in your room is by using a room acoustic calculator.

The reverb or room frequency calculators are pretty straight forward to use.  In most cases you enter the measurements of the room and make sure you specify that the room is measured in feet or meters.  You can select what type of wall materials and flooring materials are present in the room and any objects and the amount of objects.  You will then be given a result that will allow you to make a sound deadening or insulation choice based on those calculations.  Obviously these calculations are going to be more important and more dramatic in a smaller room say 12X12 feet as compared to a major concert hall.  But this is just the reason you need the room acoustics calculators, to get an idea of what you can do with an office space, basement space etc.

You can find a lot of the room acoustic calculators online and available for free using javascript.  Some of the terms you may find when using these room calculator softwares are:

  1. Axial
  2. Tangential
  3. Oblique
  4. Room Modes
  5. Phase delay
  6. Phase wrap
  7. Impulse response delay
  8. Sound exposure level
  9. Sound Level meter

Some of the simpler calculators will give you the axial, tangential and blique room type modes for simple rectangular rooms that have a symmetrical construction.

While room acoustic calculators and response calculators are great, they are not the end all methods for tuning your room to match a certain frequency range.  The  sound samples are taken at one point in the room, and the problem with that is, even slight movements in room position will greatly increase the equalization changes.   Mostly you will notice that its the high frequency response that will dramatically very over very short distances aka within as short a space as one meter.  The bass frequencies take a little bit longer to mature.

Even with the small drawback of changing frequency conditions, a room acoustic calculator can you get extremely close to being where you want to be.

Recording Studio Soundproofing

Recording studio soundproofing comes into play when you really start to get into multi-track and professional audio recording. You hit a limit. Your music is good, your equipment is good, yet the results still aren’t what you expected, the sound quality just isn’t up to par. I have put together some tips and general information regarding recording studio soundproofing that will steer you in the right direction and let you make an informed decision on materials to increase the sound quality of your studio.

What are some benefits of acoustic soundproofing?

Better sound quality. Better sound quality is one of the most sought after topics when you search and read interviews on the internet from fully capable audio engineers. Yet, from our learning or our complete lack of knowledge and experience in the situation, we do not believe that soundproofing can make as big a difference as we think it can. I am here to tell you it is one of the most important parts and materials that you should have on hand when running even a semi-pro or home studio.

Distractions. As is the case with many home studios the artists get distracted quite easily. A car passing by or a motorcycle passing buy can totally ruin the moment and a good take can be lost. You would be surprised how sobering and mind clearing it is to be in a completely dead soundproofed recording studio. Productivity really goes way up when you have the right tools.

The neighbors. This is the most important part that the novice believes soundproofing is for. They are scared to annoy the neighbors or other tenants living in the same apartment. While this is a great concern, it isn’t the sole or a large part of why someone would get into recording studio soundproofing. But think about it, this is a really good way to increase productivity alone. You have more hours to work on your songs or mix another musicians songs and you can do it at 3:00 in the morning without ever bothering a single person. Now that’s well worth it if you ask me!

Recording studio soundproofing in the studio comes in many forms and fashions. You have sound absorption materials plastering the walls, reflective deflection units used around the drum set to deflect or diffuse sound as well as acoustic panels that can be easily moved around to any instrument to create a box. For example you may use 3 or 4 mobile acoustic panels to isolate a guitar cabinet.

You can use many of the tips on this website and they will pertain to recording studio soundproofing.

DIY Soundproofing – Materials And Methods

DIY soundproofing material pretty much consists of thinks like carpeting that someone has thrown out, blankets, sheets or any type of fabric, old insulation and the use of Green Glue.

Green glue is a new and pretty innovative product that will really help with diy soundproofing. DIY soundproofing materials such as green glue will help solve air gaps and as we all know, the number one thing to avoid with soundproofing is air gaps.

 If you use green glue as a part of your soundproofing material, you can also apply it to studs before installing such things as sheetrock or carpeting.

Auralex Roominator Alpha 1 Standard(below)

64 Wedgies: 2″ x 1” x 1″ wedge-cut acoustic foam panels absorb flutter echoes, standing waves, and kill early boundary reflections for improved acoustic imaging
4 LENRD Bass Traps: Low-frequency absorbers for control of excess bass, and designed for horizontal and vertical corner mounting where low-frequencies congregate
Includes Tubetak Pro Adhesive

As I have touched on, one of the main materials in diy soundproofing is carpeting. Carpeting for soundproofing comes in many shapes and sizes. Using old carpets as soundproofing material in a diy project is very simple, and the carpeting is readily available for use. Carpeting is good because it does have a mesh type backing, almost like a burlap sack that will really stop soundwaves from penetrating. This is what makes it the perfect cheap diy soundproofing material.

Old insulation also is a great innovative cheap soundproofing solutions, since its readily available. Many times you will find insulation for soundproofing purposes just thrown in many dumpsters that happen to be at worksites. One word of caution though, when using insulation, always wear long sleeve shirts and gloves. The insulation acts as good soundproofing, but also will make you itch like crazy, since it is made of fiberglass fibers.

Reflection filters, simple to make.

A real simple diy soundproofing material project is a simple reflection filter. You basically find some scrap wood and make a frame, say 4X4. Staple some chicken wire on one side of the frame. Now take your soundproofing material insulation and lay it in the frame. Now take another piece of chicken wire and staple that on top of that.

Now you have a great sound deadening panel. You can get some sheats and staple that to the frame, and even sew on cool designs. These diy soundproofing materials can get you a long way!

There are a lot of website available that talk about diy soundproofing and give excellent information on diy soundproofing equipment and supplies. Following links to lesser known companies or forums is a great way to find soundproofing information when doing soundproofing on a budget.

Sound reinforcement is a very complicated task and there are a lot of professionals that can help. But many times, the best information about budget soundproofing materials can be found in forums and people who are just out experimenting.

Good luck with your diy soundproofing material search!

Cork Underlayment – Durable Soundproofing

Cork underlayment is one of the best choices when thinking about soundproofing a floor. It is often used in apartment buildings, in areas where local laws are strict about floor and ceiling noise. One important part to why cork underlayment is great at soundproofing is because theres an estimated 100,000,000 air cells per cubic inch. These air cells in the cork allow it to expand and contract and act as a sound absorber as well as a sound dampener.

As stated above, cork underlayment is great for soundproofing floors, but what else is it good for? Probably the most common use for cork underlayment is crack suppression. Yep, cork acts as a really great crack suppression barrier that can be used under laminates, hardwoods and ceramic tile. What is a suppression barrier?

A suppression barrier is applied to the raw floor, most likely concrete. Over time the house or dwelling will settle and you may start to see cracks in the flooring. What happens usually if you did not use a cork underlayment is that the crack in the cement will travel right up and end up cracking your hardwood or ceramic tiles. Its a good idea to use an underlayment for all floors such as this.

Obviously, its not hard to imagine that a cork underlayment has very little to no environmental impact making it a great green solution. The bark is taken from a cork oak tree and is completely safe. Don’t think that just because its made of cork that its not durable.

The average life span of a cork tree is 100 years. The great thing about cork also is how its constructed. You can literally take cork pieces and put them together and use those in other projects, as cork is highly recycleable.

If you are going to be installing any type of floor in the next few years, you really should check to see if there’s any underlayment underneath. If not, then you need to look online and find some resources that will provide you with enough information to make a great choice on some cork underlayment. Not only is cork necessary, but it is durable, will increase the lifespan of your floor and is sound resistant.

Controlling Noise Pollution – Simple Ideas

Its all around us these days, noise pollution. Controlling noise pollution can be done in a couple of different ways such as soundproofing, soundproofing outdoor walls or commonly, masking. Obviously some of these solutions are not going to be completely viable, but some of them really can help with controlling noise pollution and help your health, hearing and reduce your noise exposure.

Soundproofing is an excellent way to combat noise pollution, especially if you live in the city. There are many sounds you are hearing, buses, cabs, trains, planes, you name it and its pretty much there to distract you and slowly over long exposure to these sound levels, it does wear on your health.

Some people have gone so far in controlling noise pollution as to build noise proof or soundproof walls around their house. Now, I know what your thinking, “A wall around my house?”. Well its not a 20 foot wall by no means, but it is a slight wall of say 4 feet or so. These really do help diffuse the sound from environmental factors and push it away from the living area.

Now, from environmental listening to cars and buses, you probably aren’t’ going to have any long term hearing loss, but you may get distracted. Speaking of distractions, a good way to(and most common way) to get rid of these sounds is simply by creating another distraction.

Did you ever hear of white noise fans? Those are used to create a gentle white noise that masks these sounds, sure you hear a little fan going all the time, but its common and your ears adjust and over time you really do not hear the fan, but you don’t’ hear the cars or the buses either!

Listening to music is a great way for controlling noise pollution as well. My favorite method to control noise pollution though is a simple one. Controlling noise pollution can be done simply by getting heavy curtains that act as soundproofing curtains. You can also increase the amount of insulation you have on your windows, this really does help and its a great tip for people who live in small apartments.

Controlling noise pollution isn’t that hard if you have the right tools. And sometimes the right tools are pretty cheap, such as a small fan for white noise, an ipod or some heavy duty curtains. These will all help when you are controlling noise pollution in your home.

Basement Soundproofing – The Walls And Ceiling

Basement soundproofing has become very popular in recent years thanks to the advent of home theater systems and the advance in the quality of consumer electronics.  There are several methods you can employ to soundproof your basement either for entertainment purposes or professional recording.

The professional solution for soundproofing your basement is creating a sub wall, if you have just exposed concrete or stone.  Using batts and green glue along with a lot of insulation, you can really achieve a soundproof basement.  If you really have the money, you can even invest in lead lined sheetrock.

You should start off by wrapping all the outlets and recepticals with a foam or an adhesive type insulation, I always say the first step in soundproofing is air proofing.

One major area of concern in the cellar is the basement’s ceiling.  Most often the ceilings in a basement are not finished, not to mention sound proofed.  This is a slight advantage to you, because you do not have to tear down any sheet-rock from the ceiling to install the proper amount and type of noise reducing insulation.

Another method you can employ is using MLV(mass loaded vinyl).  This vinyl soundproofing material is basically a heavy sheet of vinyl that can massively reduce the amount of sound being transferred through it.  MLV can be placed on the floor, ceiling, walls and doors which makes it a real versatile sound dampener.

If you hear squeaking on the floorboards, this is a good opportunity to take care of that for the best basement soundproofing.  Have someone step on the floor and when you hear a spot that squeeks.  Stop, drill a hole and inject into the floorboard some glue or putty(caulk).  This will fill the contact point between the floor joyce and the sub-flooring.

There are many methods that are used when it comes to basement soundproofing, although I cannot discuss all of them here, this site does contain a lot of soundproofing ideas that can be transfered into your basement.  One concern you must be aware of when creating a soundproof basement is moisture, mostly all basements have moisture.

Make sure your materials are rated for moisture, and you will have no problem when it comes to basement soundproofing.

Acoustics In A Room and Room Acoustics

So, what do you know about acoustics in a room? If you are looking for information about room acoustics then you have come to the right place. There are many ways to change or enhance the acoustics of a room by using soundproofing, using bass traps and using diffusers. Acoustics in a room make or break the experience!

Soundproofing in a room isn’t just for keeping sound in or out. Soundproofing does an excellent job at absorption and decreasing the sound level and sound pressure levels by decreasing the amount of standing waves that could be building up in certain locations of the room.

You could use acoustic wall panels that are made of 703 insulation board that have been covered with burlap and made from a wood frame. You may also want to employ techniques such as using window plugs that will reduce the reflection and reverberation time of the room.

How Bass Effects Acoustics In A Room

Bass traps are another way that you can modify the acoustics in a room. Bass traps really are made to capture and reduce the amount of bass frequencies that a room has. Bass or low end frequency ranges of rooms is a real problem, because the low end and sound pressure levels really give music and any audio source its main focal power, its what we feel. Bass traps are usually placed in the corners of the rooms to help the loading up of the frequencies in that area. It also helps flatten the main frequency range in the whole room, not just the corners.

Role of Reflections In Acoustics In A Room

Diffusers are important when modifying acoustics in a room. Acoustics in a room are mainly swayed by the reflections, echo’s, reverberation time and sound wave masking in a room. By deflecting the sound using diffusers, you can create an environment that sounds good in the sitting or listening position. The problem with this obviously is that the acoustics in a room are changed only in the main listening area. This could be a problem if band members are scattered among a studio or a home studio.

Acoustics in a room have a lot to do with the final product as in the sound you are hearing. They can be altered by using bass traps, wall coverings, diffusers as well as many other soundproofing techniques. If you own a professional studio or have a hi-fi home theater, you are definitely going to want to research more around the internet and find and learn everything you can that has to do with acoustics in a room.

Acoustic Fencing – Soundproofing For Your Yard

Acoustic fencing is a topic that not many search for or really think about, mostly due to the physical drawbacks and limitations of having a sound barrier around your house. You’ve seen them many of times, some of the acoustic fencing you probably thought was just a nice decoration, that’s because the walls come in many shapes and sizes and can be disguised very easily.

There are a few types of acoustic fencing. They can be made out of thick wood, pvc plastics and bricks. The size of the walls does very based on the location to the road for road noise. Some very high sound fencing can be as much at 10 feet tall, while some of the shorter sound deflectors can be as little as 4 feet high. Most of these have designs on them(for the bigger, taller acoustic fencing) or have foliage in front of them, almost completely blocking the smaller types of walls.

Acoustic Fencing Privacy

One really nice benefit of acoustic pvc or brick fencing is the level of comfort and privacy that you receive. You receive superior privacy not only from the cars and street traffic noises, but the sight of the road and cars as well. That being said, you may feel like a king trapped in his castle, but the benefits really outweigh the negatives when your dealing with these sound absorbing walls. Another benefit of having these walls around your house is security. It is quite common for someone to install a security door or fence at the opening to provide the perfect security solution.

These days with high technology I’ve even seen and heard of people putting in security cameras around their whole home.

If you have pets, acoustic fencing can be great, since you do not have to worry about letting your dog out and possibly getting injured or injuring someone else.

Acoustic fencing materials are easy to come by, especially if you find the vendors online. Most of these fences can be installed by you and even work great on uneven ground. The frequency ranges of sound that these fences block, diffuse, reflect or absorb are different for each application, so you will have to have an idea of what type of noise and what frequency range the noise is that you want to block out before you purchase your fencing materials.

Acoustic Fencing And Road Noise

Acoustic fencing is a great option for keeping those road noises out, adding security and privacy to your home as well as improving the look and feel of your home, increasing your property values. A wall can be put up fairly easy and provide so much benefit, you really will be surprised that you haven’t researched and installed one earlier.  Acoustic fencing gives you both privacy sound wize as well as general visual privacy, the best of both worlds!