Let’s face it- soundproofing a room for mixing and recording music is one of the most overlooked areas while setting up a recording studio. Most people would rather invest in studio equipment such as monitors, microphones, plugins and other musical instruments rather than spend their money on studio acoustic treatment and soundproofing. However, you won’t get the most out of your studio unless you have a noise-free and acoustically reliable environment. Here are some few ways on how to soundproof your music studio.
1. Adding Mass/Density
The higher the mass your studio wall has, the more sound it will absorb. For you to prevent sound from getting into or out of the studio room, the walls need to have a lot of mass. Adding a lot of mass to a recording studio walls prevents it from vibrating to sound energy. If you are building a new room, make sure that you use a thick material such as concrete. For an already existing room, you must then build additional structures using a high-density material. One of the best material to use to add mass to an already existing room is vinyl.
2. Build a Room Within Another Room
Create a room within another room and ensure that there is minimal contact between the two. Whenever sound travels from one substance to another, some of its vibrating energy is lost in between, and some of it is reflected. If you have enough space, you will need to create a new high-density concrete wall internally, mounted on a thin neoprene so that the wall will not directly touch the floor. This is known as decoupling. Decoupling is the process where you block free transfer of sound by isolating the contact points. You can do this by using a dense, pliable rubber. Other examples of decoupling includes:
- Floating The Floor
The chances are that you’ve witnessed how easily the room shakes when you play a loud track or when someone walks by the hall. Sound vibrations are easily transferred through the floor. The key is to get the floor float on the existing floor. However, you must make sure that the floor is stable and strong to support the weight of the new floor.
- Isolating layers
This is where you use resilient sound clips and channels to come up with a floating ceiling or wall.
3. Fill in Cracks and Air Gaps with Acoustical Caulk
Sound can pass through small cracks and air gaps. Even small gaps and air gaps can undermine the efforts of making your studio soundproof. Use acoustical caulk to seal all the gaps and air spaces since it’s sound-resistant and elastic. Some other common tools that you can use to fill cracks and air gaps include foam gaskets and automatic door buttons.
There you have it; if you would like to make quality music without necessarily disturbing your family and neighbors, apply the tips above. If you don’t have the gadgets and equipment as well as the technical know-how, you can contact a professional to do it for you.