Whatever your musical preferences – from Puccini to punk rock, your home studio should provide the ultimate space for you to play, practise and perform. But to achieve an acoustically stable and noise-free environment, you need to soundproof your studio preventing any outside noise spoiling your recording and playback pleasure.
Soundproofing protects your studio from unwanted noise, guaranteeing optimum reproduction of vocals and instruments. Acoustic wall panels, diffusers and bass traps all help improve your music room’s acoustics. And, as all musicians and vocalists know, better acoustics create better recordings.
A near-perfect soundproof environment for musicians (outside of a professional recording studio), requires a balance of soundproofing and sound absorption.
Soundproofing materials are designed to contain sound, preventing virtuoso violin solos and ear-vibrating vocals disturbing other parts of your home. Plus, they prevent unwanted outside noise entering the room.
Sound absorption techniques, applied to the interior, soak up sound waves to stop ‘bounce-back’ off walls, floors and ceilings. Also, from a musician’s point of view, echo and reverberation are greatly reduced.
When used together, soundproofing and sound absorption lead to better sound quality with a reduction in distracting noise. At Sound Control Services, we can survey your music room or studio and establish the correct balance of soundproofing and sound absorption to tailor recommendations appropriate to your needs.
As experts in designing, supplying and installing noise reduction products, Sound Control Services can custom build solutions to soundproof any recording studio or music room.
To soundproof a music room completely, we consider five aspects: mass, damping, decoupling, absorption and sealing. When combined in the correct way these methods will create a totally soundproof space.
This ensures outside noises such as traffic, sirens, weather etc. stay outside while inside noises created in your studio, stay inside and don’t disturb neighbours or other members of your household.
Increasing the mass inside a room is the primary method of soundproofing a music studio.
Purpose-built recording studios will usually have mass built into the structure, often a thick, dense material such as concrete. But, if you wish to transform an existing room in a domestic property, mass needs to be retro-fitted.
We recommend lining the interior walls and ceiling with drywall. Drywall is an excellent soundproofing material due to its dense mass relative to its size. The thicker the drywall the better its soundproofing qualities.
A secondary method of preventing sound from entering your studio is by using a visco-elastic damping compound or a vinyl barrier.
By sandwiching the glue-like damping substance between two rigid panels such as drywall, sound energy is dissipated. This prevents noise from entering the studio space and applies especially to low-frequency sounds such as bass drums.
Decoupling refers to disconnecting or separating the interior and exterior sides of a wall, thus preventing sound from passing through from one to the other.
Typically, this method separates two sides of a structure allowing them to vibrate independently of each other. In a double wall construction, the air gap between the two surfaces can also help to block sound.
Decoupling in music studios is also achieved using sound isolator products such as acoustic isolation pads placed under speakers and monitors to reduce vibrations and resonance.
To stop sound energy from resonating in wall air cavities you need the addition of sound absorption.
Soft, porous materials such as insulation or soundproofing foam act as excellent insulators for soaking up sound. And of course, the better the foam, the better the sound absorption qualities.
At Sound Control Services, we manufacture and supply high-grade foam panels and tiles specifically designed for application in music recording studios.
While employing the best studio construction techniques designed to increase mass, dampen, decouple and insulate your music room, sound can still sneak its way through any cracks or gaps in your walls, electrical outlets, switch boxes, floor or ceiling.
To reduce the impact of these stray sound sources, you need to create an airtight seal. Acoustical caulk is a good sealant for filling any cracks around the studio.
Since doors are also a prime source of sound leakage, it’s important to install an automatic door sweep to the base and apply draught excluder strip to the inside of the frame.
If it’s doable, further soundproofing can be achieved by cladding the door with a layer of fibreboard on one or both sides. Alternatively, simply fitting an acoustic door blanket can dramatically improve soundproofing and can often be a lower cost alternative to making structural alterations.
Our Quilted Studio Blankets, for instance, combine an aesthetically pleasing fabric finish with excellent acoustic absorption.
We installed studio blankets for YouTube landscape photographer, Thomas Heaton’s broadcast room. These blankets are also used in cinema rooms, music studios and school music rooms where acoustic absorption is required as an alternative to standard acoustic panels. The lightweight material makes it easy to fix using Velcro® onto walls and other surfaces.
Finally, if your budget allows, consider replacing any single or double-glazed windows with triple pane windows. In addition, fitting an acoustic window curtain will further enhance a room’s soundproof effectiveness.
We offer a comprehensive range of custom-made acoustic window curtains providing a superb level of sound absorption.
As expert manufacturers and suppliers of acoustic control systems, Sound Control Services guarantees all our products are fully compliant with Health & Safety, Fire regulations and other industrial standards.
Our full-service package includes a free site survey, recommendations with full costings, plus a professional fitting and installation service with a 20-year guarantee.
So, if you’re looking to improve the soundproofing in your home music room or studio, contact us today for your free survey and find out how we can help control acoustics and noise levels and improve recording wherever you make music.