Beyond every masterpiece, soundtrack is the perfect mix of equipment but soundproofing is equally as important and easy to miss. It achieves two main functions: prevents sound from leaking outside and blocking external sounds from entering. The more control an artist has, the more brilliant and true the sound produced will be.
Soundproofing is crucial to any recording studio but it doesn’t have to be expensive, although it will take some work. Instead of hiring a contractor and breaking down the walls, flooring, and ceilings there are far more affordable options to accomplish similar results at a fraction of the cost. DIY projects can be timing consuming but are easy enough for anyone starting out producing music or even veterans to do.
there are far more affordable options to accomplish similar results at a fraction of the cost.
There are 4 main areas to focus on that produce the majority of unwanted noises but worry not, we have solutions for them. So without further due, let’s get right into it as we break down ou tips for soundproofing your setup.
Windows are by far the main source of sound leakage and while some may prefer to remove them, it’s much easier to throw soundproof curtains to drown out noises from outside. Not only will it reduce sounds, but it also absorbs sunlight and keeps out cold weather, perfect in the winter.
Walls and ceilings make up the majority of the real estate and will likely require the most work/materials. Good news is that adding sound dampening foam throughout will help greatly with noise reduction. While you can simply fit them everywhere, strategic placement will help save money and time.
The worst experience is creating your masterpiece, only to have an external factor tarnish it.
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This could be easily overlooked but similar to walls and ceilings, floors also produce noise especially if you have people living a floor below. We have some options here – sound deadening mats are a very cheap alternative and are incredibly easy to install. However, if you’re looking for a heavier option, thick moving blankets are a great alternative. The thicker and heavier the better.
Lastly, don’t forget about the doors. Depending on whether the door is solid or hollow, the amount of sound getting in/out will vary greatly. Rule of thumb here is solid doors are ideal. Another thing to keep in mind is the cracks/gaps around the doors which can be managed with high density foam tape. The worst experience is creating your masterpiece, only to have an external factor tarnish it. Overall, soundproofing your recording studio will take some work but if you’re serious about your art, it’s incredibly worthwhile.
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