music-roomToday’s technologies have made soundproofing a music practice room a realistic option for many people. Creating a space where you, one of your children or your band can practice your music – regardless of the instrument.  This may seem like a daunting task.  So where do you start?

Step one is to identify where you will set up the practice room. Will it be an entire room, or a space within another area? Or maybe you’ll add an addition to your house, building your soundproof music room from the ground up.

The second step is to select the appropriate soundproofing materials. These will vary based on the type of instrument(s) played and the surrounding space. There are many good products out there, but not all are appropriate for every situation. We recommend you discuss your project with one of our soundproofing experts to learn which materials will work best for you. There is nothing worse than spending money on something that is supposed to soundproof your room but does not work properly. (Read some tips and tricks.)

music-roomMass loaded vinyl is one of the best products on the market for soundproofing walls. It is typically installed between the insulation and the drywall, and no special tools are required. This is a fairly simple job for do-it-yourselfers, though homeowners who are not comfortable doing drywall work might wish to hire a contractor for the job.  We have several different wall soundproofing configurations you can review here.

For soundproofing floors, our best product for carpet floors is Privacy Premium Carpet Underlay™, a composite product that includes a ¼” soundproof barrier and a ½” foam layer to provide decoupling.  Privacy Premium Carpet Underlay™ is installed wall to wall with carpet directly over, eliminating the need for a carpet pad. We have specific soundproofing underlayments for each floor type- link to https://www.soundisolationcompany.com/solutions-products/soundproof-floors

More About Sound
Sound travels through the air and through the structure as vibration. With high intensity noise you can actually “feel” the sound from speakers and sound systems by touching the wall Normal walls and ceilings are not built with soundproofing in mind, music can easily travel into the adjacent spaces. Using sound isolation products will break the vibration connection, and increase the weight of the walls, floors or ceiling to block noise that travels through the air.

There are several ways to do this:

  1. Decouple: Decoupling is breaking the points of connection between the walls in the music room and the outside walls. This makes it harder for vibrations to travel through the walls. Sound Isolation Quiet Clips can be used to decouple walls and dissipate noise.
  2. Add mass: Heavier walls often do a better job at blocking noise, provided we are not adding more of the same thing- drywall. A far better option is Mass loaded vinyl that is still heavy but thinner and softer changing the way vibration is blocked.
  3. Dampen the sound: We have two products that provide measurable sound damping, or absorbing, sound. These products are mass loaded vinyl and Green Glue.

A soundproof music room can be a wonderful addition to your home and a blessing for your neighbors.  So the benefits are for more than just the musician.  And your family will all appreciate the gift of silence.

A music room can be used for a Home Theater, a Home Studio or for band practice. Using the right products and planning to soundproof you music room will allow you to still provide privacy for your family and neighbors. We are here to help you evaluate the solutions and product, making sure you will be happy with the results.