Are you looking to create a home music studio for practice and recording? Or a soundproof room for crystal-clear recordings on podcasts and voice-overs?
There are two big reasons for soundproofing your room:
- If you’re getting reverb, echo or any type of unwanted sounds on playback tests, soundproofing within the room is essential.
- If you’re working with high-decibel sound in your home music room, soundproofing your home studio can also be essential for the other people who live within earshot!
In light of these two separate (yet overlapping) needs, here are nine simple steps on how to soundproof a room for music in your home (or garage or basement).
1. Purchase sound curtains.
Do you live in a spot where dogs are barking, kids are yelling, and the traffic noise — even the birds, at times — make concentration difficult and degrade the quality of your sound recordings? A search for “noise blocking curtains” or “sound absorbing backdrop” will show you a number of curtain possibilities at a varied price points.
Even top-notch soundproof curtains are a good value. Curtains are movable and easily installed. Dampening the sound in your recording space with curtains can help you obtain desirable sound quality. At the same time, it will help keep things quieter for other people in your home, condo or apartment building.
2. Build bookcase walls.
Bookcases give you a space-efficient and dramatic way to store your books while insulating a full wall. A bookcase wall greatly reduces sound coming from outside your room, even as it dampens extra noises that occur inside.
If you’re not in the mood to build your own bookcases, just do a search for “bookcase walls” to find ideas and place your order.
Filling the bookcases with books you already have can be an efficient and satisfying way to create silence in your recording room. Reducing extra sound doesn’t need to mean building new walls. It simply means working with buffering material that dampens unwanted noise.
3. Place foam padding under objects.
Vibration noise is made up of waves of energy carried through a room. Vibration can be as disruptive as any other element of sound. It can also cause subtle rattling effects that impact your recording quality.
Anything that vibrates should be mounted on insulating material. It’s especially critical to place floor speakers on padding. Keeping the vibration of speakers and large items in check is indispensable for achieving professional sound quality.
4. Cover the floor.
Generally, unless you’re doing your work on the ground floor, you’ll want to cover your floor. You have the option of putting down soundproof mats and covering them with carpeting or using a blend of laminated flooring for the tech areas and carpeting around the rest of the room.
Why might the combination be a better plan? Because you need to preserve some sound reflection in a room to keep your recordings from sounding overly dampened and dull. If you carpet the entire floor, the floor will absorb sound at high and medium pitches, while the low pitches take control. The result is what’s called an acoustically heavy space.
In short, floor covering is important, yet it’s not the answer if you’re seeking a soundproof music room solution.
5. Order an acoustic door seal kit.
Kits are great because they offer enough material to seal not just one but several doors. And they’re quickly attached with the adhesive that comes in the kit.
Alternatively, you can affix a rubber or plastic door sweep onto the bottom of your door. Door sweeps are easy to pick up at any hardware store.
Your doors and windows are entry points into your room, and that goes for sound. An acoustic seal strip or door sweep will seal one key place that lets sound in and out.
6. Purchase acoustic wedges.
Irregular shapes are helpful to buffer sounds with both high and low pitches. They are excellent in band practice spaces.
If your playback sounds dull, try putting acoustic panels or even bags of insulation into the corners of the room. The effect can be surprisingly refreshing.
Note that acoustic foam is porous. While it absorbs echoes and improves recording quality, it does not block sound.
7. Consider soundproofing panels.
Panels remove echoes. They control reverberation and absorb extra noise wherever you place them. They come at all price levels, and many are sleek and stylish.
Fabric panels, and even cut carpet scraps, can serve as effective dampers for high-pitched sounds.
Egg-crate-style foam mattress covers are another cost-cutting alternative. Easily found at discount stores, they work wonders when stapled to a rehearsal studio’s walls.
That said, take care not to over-soundproof the interior of your home studio. Leave space between any panels you install to avoid depleting your recordings of rich tones.
8. Work with sound baffles and ceiling clouds.
You’ve seen them in expo rooms and gyms: sheets that control airborne sound. Acoustic ceiling baffles hang from the ceiling to effectively manage reverberation in large studios and warehouse spaces, and you can get them in a range of materials and sizes.
Ceiling clouds, which resemble slim magic carpets, can also be suspended from your ceiling to lessen reverberation.
You can come up with a similar effect by attaching sheets of fabric or packing foam to your ceiling.
Much as panels do, baffles and ceiling clouds enhance sound quality as they dampen unwanted noise. They enhance voice clarity. But they will not actually block sound.
That leads us to why you’d…
9. Have Sun and Sound Windows install soundproof window inserts.
You can soundproof a room for music easily and effectively with soundproof window inserts.
Your new Sun and Sound window inserts will:
- Block out landscaping, construction, train and traffic sounds at every pitch.
- Shield your studio from amplified noise outside your home.
- Remove noise from human activities and machines, as well as weather and other naturally occurring sources.
Have Sun and Sound Windows install glass inserts in your replacement windows, and your quiet studio space will also be a better insulated space. Because soundproof window inserts lower your electricity costs, the improvement will start paying for itself as soon as we finish the work.
Take your home studio to the pro level.
The experts at Sun and Sound Windows look forward to working with you and aligning your home music studio with your professional goals. We serve the residents of Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Galveston, Dallas and Fort Worth metropolitan areas. Now, we’re also delighted to be accepting new customers in Nashville, Tennessee.
Our customers find our window inserts remarkably effective, blocking up to 75 percent of low-pitched noises such as air-conditioning compressors and up to 95 percent of high-pitched noises such as sirens.
Interested in having the experts at Sun and Sound Windows bring our inserts to your home music studio and soundproof your space? Simply contact us. We’d be glad to discuss how to soundproof a room for music and give you a free quote based on your goals.