Some tips on soundproofing your home or business
Being a musician is really an amazing job or a hobby, but sometimes our neighbours or family members or whoever lives with us doesn’t always think like that. Why is that? Well it is because musicians tend to be really noisy without even realizing that. It’s no big deal but when something like that happens they must find a solution for it.
One of the smartest but definitely the most expensive ideas is the build or buy your own studio, but since that is not the easiest idea in the world we have to find something else. The second best idea is to soundproof your room.
Now before we start talking about that and giving you some details and suggestions on that topic you must realize that there is a difference between soundproofing and acoustic treatment and these expressions are definitely not the same. For instance, if you want to have acoustic treatment that means that your room will sound better on a recording because it will be able to absorb excessive ambience. On the other hand if you want to soundproof your room it will become quieter because it will block-out external noise.
What will soundproof do? It will give lots of benefits to you, your family members and your neighbours. Inside noises will stay inside and will not disturb anyone else and on the other hand outside noises will stay there and will not disturb you. Many people have never even heard about soundproofing, they didn’t even try to find a way to reduce the noise they’ve been making because they probably are not aware of that fact.
Now if you have decided to do it we will give you some advice when it comes to this topic. There is a list of things that you should do, it is like a combination of four different tactics.
1. Filling Air Gaps
2. Adding Mass
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Let’s start from the first one – filling air gaps. What does this mean? This means that you should explore your room and simply make sure that every single hole and crack in it is sealed up air-tight. You may not realize it, but every single part of your room may be a potential passage for a sound to sneak through, even the tiniest parts of it. So if you want to make sure that everything is sealed up these are the tools you should use:
a). Acoustical caulk – This is a great sidekick if you want to seal up anything in any room in your house, even the smallest ones. If you decide to use acoustical caulk you will not have to worry about gaps opening up over time, because this one will remain springy and soft.
b) Automatic door bottoms – These doors will block any open space between the floor and the bottom of the door.
c) Foam Gaskets – They seal up gaps from doors, windows and electrical outlets.
2. The second thing is adding mass. What does this mean? By adding mass you will prevent sound from exiting and entering your room. For anyone who is playing any instrument you must keep in mind that you’ll be needing lots of mass to prevent your walls from vibrating.
If you want to build a special room for you rehearsals you can do it by adding larger amount of mass to the wall and you will do it by building it think with something that is dense like concrete. If you are not building your room from scratch then you must built additional structures by using materials like mass loaded vinyl which is an amazing solution. If you want to know how some materials are effective when it comes to soundproofing you can use Sound Transmission Class. Concrete will probably have high STC while softer ones will probably have lower. Now we will give you the explanation what the numbers actually mean:
a) 20-30 is poor
b) 30-40 is average
c) 40-50 is great
3. Now we are moving on to our next step which is decoupling. Sometimes some structures in your room are in direct with each other. Once that happens sound vibrations from one can transfer to the other one making the problem even worse. That is the perfect time to start with decoupling because it will help you block that transfer of sound. What will it do? It will isolate the contact points with some kind of pliable, dense rubber.
There are many examples of decoupling and we will give you some:
a) Building double walls – If you do it you will leave an air gap that will help you to block sound and if you want to make it even more effective you can do that by adding insulation in the open space.
b) Building a floating floor – You can do it by using rubber isolators
c) Isolating studs from the ceiling, walls or floors – You will do it by applying joist gasket tape to the studs
d) Isolating layers – Use resilient sound clips along with resilient channels to create like floating ceiling or a wall
4. And now we will be talking about our last suggestion which is damping. Damping is actually really similar to adding mass and it converts sound waves to heat. When it comes to most effective damping compound currently the best choice on the market is definitely Green Glue. You should put Green Glue between two rigid panels such as medium density fiberboard, drywall or plywood and you will do that by using 2 tubes for every 4×8 ft sheet.
You can create any kind of sound barrier for your potential studio and this barrier can be added to any other part of your room like door, ceiling, walls and the floor.
As you can see soundproofing your rooms isn’t easy or cheap at all but it is something you simply must do if you want to keep good relation and communication with people who live either with you or near you. If you think that this is too complicated for you and that you have enough money to spend, then build your own studio far away from others.
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