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Recording Studio Soundproofing

For many musicians, the home recording studio is their castle — a sanctuary where they can fully focus on their art. When you have a home recording studio, you control your destiny when it comes to your future in music. You can produce professional demos, record whenever the inspiration strikes you, day or night, and not have to worry about compromising your art.

Most beginning musicians don’t think they have the money or space to create a home recording studio. However, the reality is, all you need is a garage or other suitable home space and quality recording studio soundproofing. For that quality studio soundproofing, musical artists in-the-know contact Soundproof Cow.

Not only is soundproofing a studio beneficial, but there’s also little point in trying to operate one without adequate studio soundproofing. Music is all about the sound, and the higher sound purity you have, the better chance you have of producing the recording you want — the one that will make others take notice.

Quality music studio sound proofing allows you to produce superior, professional sound quality recordings, lets you nail down your recording in fewer takes because of less sound interference, and lets you record as loud and as long as you want without having to worry about disturbing family members or neighbors. You’ll also enjoy fewer distractions from outside the studio pulling your focus from your composition.

You will generally want both soundproofing and sound absorption for your music studio, and when building your studio, it will be helpful for you to understand the differences between the two and the types of products that will help you with both.

When you are considering the quality of sound, sound absorption materials are extremely important. These materials absorb sound waves to minimize reverberation, echo and other harsh byproducts of sound. While sound absorption materials do not actually block sound, they will help give you that sound purity you want when trying to create a pristine recording.

Recording studio soundproofing products, on the other hand, actually stop sound transfer. When you layer soundproofing material on your studio walls, you prevent sound from escaping or getting in. This is what will allow you to record freely without worrying about disturbing your neighbors and without having to deal with external sounds that may distract you from what you are doing.

While it’s unrealistic to expect you will create a completely soundproofed room in a private residence, by installing recording studio soundproofing products to block sound, along with sound absorption products that improve sound, you can create a sound isolation scenario that will allow you to create professional-sounding recordings without the need to pay for a professional studio.

Another way to isolate your recording studio is to create air space between walls and reduce the number of contact points between building materials. When construction elements are not physically touching, sound waves weaken and transfer is minimized.

If you can only use one type of sound control material, or you’re trying to decide how much of one type of material to use versus another, simply consider your needs in a home studio. If you are in a relatively isolated location and your main concern is getting good sound quality, your focus will be on sound absorption material. If you are getting little interference with your recordings, but are in a crowded residential area where sound blocking is a priority, soundproofing will be the priority.

Ideally, of course, you’ll want to have a good amount of both.

Before you purchase your Soundproof Cow soundproofing and sound absorption materials, you will want to know which materials work better in which parts of the studio.

When determining sound control for your walls, you will want to focus on soundproof barrier insulation. If you can build an air gap between the wall and the drywall you lay down, you will better isolate the sound. We also recommend high-grade studio foam. Soundproof Cow offers soundproofing insulation that includes both a soundproof barrier and foam for maximum sound isolation and sound-blocking capability.

Floors are not the first area people often think of when considering sound control for a studio, but it can be very important. For hardwood floors, isolators that separate the top layer of flooring with the original layer, perhaps with a rubber intervening material, can serve to effectively deaden floor sounds. If you have a less flexible material, like concrete, you can purchase acoustical carpet underlay to kill sound.

For your ceiling, you can build a dropped ceiling and fill it with soundproofing material. You can also hang baffles or acoustic tiles for further ceiling sound control.

Once you have the materials you need, creating a studio to serve your purposes should be a quick and highly rewarding process.

Recording Studio Soundproofing Products

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    Floor Joist Isolators (Case of 100)

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    Quiet Batt™ 30 Soundproofing Insulation

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Recording Studio Sound Absorption Products

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Soundproofing Solutions for Studios

Studio soundproofing materials that absorb sound act like sponges soaking in most of the sound waves striking them. Although all materials — whether porous, semi-porous or solid — absorb some portion of a sound wave, the terms “acoustic panel” or “acoustic material” refer primarily to materials developed for the purpose of offering optimal sound absorption values. Because music studio sound proofing absorbers reflect little, if any, sound energy striking them, they are useful for controlling unwanted noise and reverberation.

A wide variety of eco-friendly sound absorption materials exist today that provide different sound reducing properties for soundproofing a studio. The best studio attenuation materials are porous — i.e., material containing tiny channels, cavities or intervening spaces allowing for the passage and absorption of sound waves.  Most porous, sound absorbing materials are classified as fibrous, granular or cellular and work to reduce noise clutter and reverberation by dissipating sound waves through friction with air molecules moving inside pores.

What to Know About Soundproofing a Music Studio

Soundproofing materials may or may not work as effectively as you want them to work. The main principles of soundproofing are conduction/space, mass, isolation, absorption, and dampening. Space is easy to understand: the farther away something noisy is, the less noticeable the sound. Solid mass objects work to block sound waves by simply stopping the path of sound waves. Sound waves hitting a solid mass bounce off and essentially “die,” leaving the other side of the solid mass quieter. Isolation or decoupling creates structural breaks in the path sound is traveling.  Isolation is the key to stopping structural borne sounds and heavy vibrations.  Absorption materials suck up sound like a sponge.  Porous foams and cotton-based materials are very common sound absorbers.  They are very effective at trapping sound and minimizing sound reflection.  Dampening materials dissipate sound energy.  These materials are visco-elastic in nature and dissipate sound energy by reducing resonance.

Studio Soundproofing typically utilizes multiple types of sound control.  Sound control materials used to stop transfer into or out of the space are typically implemented during construction of a building or later as part of a renovation project.  Mass and Isolation are the most common soundproofing methods used in construction or remodeling of studios.  These materials are utilized within the wall, ceiling, and floor assemblies.  Sound Absorption materials are typically used to treat the space acoustically after construction or remodeling of the walls, ceiling and floor assemblies is completed.  Porous foam, cotton, or fiberglass panels are mounted on the wall and ceiling surfaces to minimize reverberation and create an acoustically sound environment in the studio.

Although porous sound absorbers like acoustic fiberglass do not block sound waves, they substantially minimize noise clutter by de-energizing sound waves as waves encounter heavy friction between fibers. This type of sound absorber not only reduces sound levels within a recording studio, but also decreases echoes, reverberation times and stops focusing of noise reflected off curved surfaces.

If you’re wondering about soundproofing solutions for studios, stop stressing and call the experts at Soundproof Cow for affordable, simple solutions: 1-866-949-9269.

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