Egg Carton Soundproofing – Does It Really Work?

If your looking for a great soundproofing solution and you have thought about using egg carton soundproofing you better stop there.  I will disguss the possible downflalls of using egg carton soundproofing including the frequency range that it effects, the safety hazards and alternative solutions.

Egg cartons are definately a tale that will problably never die.  I’ve seen this soundproofing solution used a couple of times(literally).

Egg cartons are generally ineffective as sound reflectors, absorbers or anything else.  The only way to really stop sound dead in its tracks as disgussed in this website is mass.  The cartons do provide some frequency changing though somewhere around 5khz and up, but this is nowhere near what your going to need in a home studio solution.

Potential hazzards in the home studio or garage with these egg cartons is that they are not fireproof.   Your local laws may not even permit you to have these hundreds of egg carton containers placed on your walls. Theres vast alternatives to useing egg carton soundproofing in your home, studio or basement.

Do not get egg carton soundproofing confused with the egg carton type of foam which resembles egg cartons.   This foam on the otherhand is completely safe and fire resistant and often used in the home studio and the professional studios.

Again in terms of safety, some people will actually reccomend putting up your egg cartons on your walls and then draping sheets over them.  Trust me, some sheets over some egg cartons isn’t going to do anything but look pretty bad.

So, if your searching for a viable option to soundproof your home, office, studio or garage, I must say that egg carton soundproofing solutions are not going to work here.  They are hazzardous, and only make a slight ever so slight difference in the 5khz  range.  For the wasted time and effort that you have put into collecting and installing these egg carton soundproofing deals, you could have worked at a real job, gotten real money and gotten real sound insulation or deadening materials(which are covered in this website).

Trust me on this, you do not want to be fooling with egg carton soundproofing in your lifetime, do you really want to show your friends and family a wall full of egg cartons?  I’d rather you show them a nice soundproof professional installation that you did yourself, seriously doing it professionally makes a huge difference!

I would suggest using plasterboard,  professional sound dapening material and blankets as well as using homemade diffusors that you made yourself that will work 1000 times better.  Not to mention look a whole lot better than egg carton soundproofing jobs!

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.

Cheap Soundproofing – DIY And Ideas

For cheap soundproofing your best bet is going to be getting materials that are found around construction sites, thrift stores, dumpsters and anything around that could be valuable as any type of cheap soundproofing solution.

The most popular cheap soundproofing items are egg crate foam mattress covers.  These things are literally thrown out everyday, the hard part is being there when they are thrown out.  You can find them in thrift stores quite a bit.  They are pretty much the same cheap soundproofing material that you will find at the music store, for free!  You simply have to nail them, glue them, do whatever, but get them on the wall and your done.

Hanging tapestries and thick curtains is one of the best bang for the buck soundproofing solutions for a person on a budget and trying to soundproof for cheap.  One common technique is to cover the walls in this egg carton type foam and then come through with some hanging tapestries or thick sound deadeding curtains to cover up the sight of the sound insulation that is re-inforced behind.

Having all these layers of protection helps.  For example, in the area where you have a window plug, you have the window barrier, you have the insulation, you have the backing board then comes another layer off this egg foam and then some thick covering from the curtains.  Thats a lot of sound deadeding and noise reduction in that area for cheap, thats cheap soundproofing that produces professional results.

You can make your own sound baffles as well or hang pieces of cloth or towels from the cieling.  As stated before this is very important for stopping reflections and breaking up standing waves which are very important but easy to do when you have a budget for cheap soudproofing.

Have an old mattress around that doesn have the eggshell foam to rip off, no problem.  Foam mattresses are often used in studios to stop reflections and outright noise reduction.  Matresses work good because they are very dense.  You can place this mattress right in front of your door in addition to the other sound proofing you’ve done cheaply.

One thing you will see in almost all pro sound studios are the use of bookshelves.  These bookshelves are uses as sound deflectors, completely different from sound absorbers.  They break up standing waves as well, but they shoot the waves into your already existing soundproofing.

As always consult the forums and check every possible link you can find on the internet.  There’s a lot of information about cheap soundproofing and you can find many tips and deals around if you just look.  Trust me, it can be done.

Bass Traps – Say No To Low Frequency Buildup

Bass traps are important for getting a clear representation of audio material. They are commonly made of porous materials and positioned in certain ways, mostly in the corners of the room. You will be able to take steps and educate yourself so that you can make a great decision on what bass traps are and how they can work for your listening environment.

When you have a listening room or control room that you either use for mixing or monitoring music, or perhaps you have an entertainment room, the frequency spectrum is exaggerated toward the low end. Standing waves are a real problem with bass frequencies, say below 150hz, if you look at the frequency response of a room that does not employ bass trapping material, you will notice quite a boost in the low end frequency response.

Bass Traps – Construction Materials

Acoustic bass traps are usually made of porous materials to absorb the low frequencies of a room. Many constructions are made with a rigid solid wood frame with soundproofing insulation or some type of wadding inside that will actually absorb the low frequencies in the room, giving you a flat frequency response to clearly represent the audio material that you are listening too. If you are making a bass trap as a bass trap diy project, you can start off by using any common 2″ foam or insulation. The good thing about using these insulation that are pre cut is that you can stack them up to your desired height.

Bass Traps – Locations

Bass traps are generally placed in the corners of the room. This is because the bass frequencies, or lower frequencies on the frequency spectrum like to gang up and build up in those areas. So when those frequencies build up like a bubble, it overloads and pushes all those lower frequencies into the room further masking the other frequencies. This is called masking. This is the exact problem we are trying to avoid. Some bass traps are disguised as everyday useful furniture products that would be found in any home studio such as chairs, tables or end tables.

As you can see, using bass traps will greatly improve the ability for you to hear your audio clearly and represent what you want to hear. Any studio weather its home studio or a professional recording studio needs to employ soundproofing and definitely bass traps in the overall soundproofing scheme.

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.

Apartment Soundproofing – Your Options

Why would anyone want to get into apartment soundproofing?  There are many reasons, you may want to reduce road noise if you live close to a highway, reduce the amount of sound that comes out of your apartment if you like to listen too loud music.  I like the last reason haha, apartment soundproofing is a must for me, since I have older neighbors above and on the sides of me.

I know that drummers like apartment soundproofing.  You can achieve good results for dwelling soundproofing by just using a bunch of techniques and tips on this site, we have information that will almost make your apartment completely soundproof!

There are some things to think about, obviously your not gonna want to do anything that is too destructive like a room inside a room or nailing a lot of insulation to the walls.

Apartment Soundproofing And Bass Traps

You can however use bass traps, sound deadeners, sound diffusers, sheet rock that you can lay against existing walls, foam type insulation or insulation panels.  These are all viable options for apartment soundproofing.

The main items you will be interested in are the wall plugs, sound diffusers and any extra bass trap material.  Wall plugs as we’ve covered in other topics will sit right into the window and can easily be installed and removed without any lasting damage to the apartment.  Hanging sound insulation curtains are also another option.  These sound curtains are not only for use over a window, I’ve seen them strung around a complete room, and really it looked good and sounded good.

The Door And Apartment Soundproofing

Behind the door is a place you can really put some time into when you live in an apartment.  Simply adding foam to the back of the door and adding high quality foam soundproof sweepers help out more than you can imagine.  Remember, none of this is creating any destruction of any kinda and can always be removed if needed without much hassle.

Apartment soundproofing isn’t just for audio, have you ever lived in an apartment where you could literally hear your neighbors snoring, well, I have!  This works great for keeping those sounds out, or at the very least deadening or reducing the noise level of such distractions, and really who is going to complain about that?

I highly recommend that you try to at least do some of these apartment soundproofing tips.  You will notice each step of the way, but the finished product is what really matters here.  Do not be surprised if you find you are getting better, longer lasting sleep.

For more information for apartment soundproofing you can check out some of the links that are on this site including soundproofing the ceiling, basement soundproofing and soundproofing companies.

Air Conditioner Noise Reduction

Air conditioner noise is a big problem when in the home or residential environment.Manufacturers do have a reliable and stable number of decibels that the unit should meet up with. The problem with this is that the noise levels that a human hears are “virtual” or “perceived loudness”.

As an example, if you put an air conditioner in a small room, it is going to sound louder than in a large room. A pretty basic rule of thumb is as you increase the distance between yourself and the air conditioner, the noise level will drop by an estimated 5 decibels.

There are many manufacturers out there that manufacture air conditioner noise blankets. These are blankets that are somewhat like an insulation that can be used for heat pumps or air conditioners. You will notice a significant decrease in air conditioner noise when using one of these. I have read that products like the Brinmar sound blanket can reduce the noise of an air conditioner compressor by as much as 8 decibels!

Types of Air Conditioner Noise Reduction

There are a few types of these air conditioner wraps. Some of the blankets require installation inside the air conditioner, around the compressor itself. Some of the other types of air conditioner blanket type units actually wrap around the air conditioner. Finally there are tools you can use such as air conditioner vibration decouples.

This will create a decouple situation and not allow the vibration from the air conditioner to progress through the window mounting surface.

Most of the sound blankets are a universal fit and most will reduce the sound level by a minimum of 5db. These are mostly(if not all) a diy type project, meaning anyone can do it, if they follow the instructions properly.

Air Conditioner Noise Vs Safety

You don’t have to worry about overheating the motors in the air conditioner when using these, because the motor is internally cooled by the a/c’s refrigerant. Making these units quite safe to have in any home and/or in any weather type.

Air conditioner noise reduction is a popular subject. Air conditioner noise blankets can really help reduce the noise, as I said, up to 50%. These units can be installed right on the unit by yourself and you will enjoy the nice comfort of a quite sound relaxing area to live. Staying cool does not have to be annoying. Really, think about it. When you think of an air conditioner, I’m pretty sure that not after long, you are thinking about that tell tale air conditioner noise, well, put it to rest!

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 Insulation – Compact and Concealed Soundproofing

Acoustic insulation can be the answer to a distracting situation in the home. The good thing about acoustic insulation is that it also offers protection against the weather, which is great if you live in a cold environment.

How Acoustic Insulation Works

Sound waves travel like air or water through little holes and gaps in your walls. Special soundproofing insulation protection is great against these types of problems because its designed to not pass too much air. You have to remember that any gap, no matter how small will leak “frequencies”.

You’re best bet here, if you are having problems with sound damping is to install a batt insulation on the interior walls. Not only will this prevent sound from progressing through the walls, it will also add quite a bit of mass, which as I’ve stated before, mass is the ultimate soundproofing.

When installing this type of batt insulation in the home, you have to make sure to fit it properly, as I’ve stated that sound will penetrate any small gap or cut. You can get products such as caulking and green glue that will really help seal the area and ensure a sound proof space.

When installing a batt insulation you should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Use kraft flanges to staple the insulation to the inside of the wall framing
  • Install the insulation first and then take a utility knife to cut around obstacles.
  • Since acoustic insulation is pretty dense, always keep it free from moisture.

The Sound Transmission Class(STC) is something to keep in mind. This is a rating that is used on materials to give statistics on the dampening, sound transmission and other factors. Mostly though, with this rating, you are going to want to see how many decibels that a piece of sound insulation material will reduce a sound by.

Acoustic Insulation Expectations

Just by installing soundproof paneling in a home studio in conjunction with sound insulation batt type insulation you can reduce the amount of decibels(DB) in a room by as much as 30DB. now that is a lot in these listening environments.

If you wish to create a silent, dead space for listening and a flat frequency response, you really should consider acoustic insulation in your home!

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!