Forget the Red Ryder BB Gun. If you play in a band (or have a teenager who loves drums) what you may really want for Christmas is a soundproof music room so you no longer have to listen to complaints from family, friends and neighbors about the noise level. Wouldn’t that be a great gift?
Today’s technologies have made soundproofing a room a realistic option for many people. Creating a space where your band can practice may be the perfect solution to decrease your stress levels. 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 a soundproofing expert 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.)
Mass 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.
For soundproofing floors, one option is a premium carpet underlay. This underlay includes a soundproof barrier and a ½” foam product that is water resistant. The foam acts as to decouple the barrier from the floor. Once the underlay is cut to fit, the seams are caulked and taped and carpet is laid directly over the foam barrier, eliminating the need for a carpet pad. No special tools are required and it’s a quick job for do-it-yourselfers. Again, this is just one solution out there and may not be the best option for your soundproofing needs.
More About Sound
Sound travels through the air and through structures. When musical instruments are played in an area that has not been soundproofed, airborne noise can pass through walls and windows that are not designed to handle the sound. The music also passes through the walls and floors through vibrations. This is why you often “feel” the music in your body. To create a soundproof music room, we must stop the transmission of the sound and vibrations through walls, floors, and windows. There are several ways to do this:
- 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.
- Add mass: Heavier walls often do a better job at cutting noise. Mass loaded vinyl has properties similar to lead sheeting that was used years ago, but weighs less and is safer. Utilizing a staggered or double wall stud assembly is another option, though it takes more space from the room and can add cost.
- Dampen the sound: There are a number of materials out there that do a great job at damping the sound. These include mass loaded vinyl and Green Glue.
A soundproof music room may be an unusual holiday gift, but it is one that benefits more than just the musician. The family will all appreciate the gift of silence.
About Sound Isolation Company
Sound Isolation Company is a leader in luxury-rated soundproofing solutions with over 50 years of combined industry experience. Specializing in simple, reliable products to create privacy between spaces, the uses for their products are many; single and multi-family construction, urban re-development, luxury home theaters and recording studios. More than just products, Sound Isolation Company provides design, education and hands-on experience for residential, industrial and commercial clients nationwide. Sound Isolation Company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with additional soundproofing product distribution locations in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as Toronto and Western Canada.