Soundproofing Insulation – More Dense The Better
Soundproofing insulation has many uses, here are a few:
Commercial Recording Studios
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.