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    OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    Hi. I'm looking at buying a new house, or rather a large appartment. To save my neighbours (sp?) and girlfriend pain, I want to sound isolate my studio. Any tips on how to do this? If I take a small cellar room it will likely be the easiest since its mostly the ceiling that will need fixing. But some tips on how to sound isolate a room in general would be good. If I take a room it will need isolation of both floor, walls and ceiling - harder - but a far nicer room

    Also these rooms are really well kept, and it would be a shame to destroy them if we were to sell the appartment or house later. So if there is a way of doing it without tearing down walls etc it would be great.

    Thanks in advance

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    Senior Member Bruce A. Richardson's Avatar
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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    Go to Auralex.com and read their publication, Acoustics 101. It will familiarize you with all the basic principles.

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    Another site:
    http://www.ethanwiner.com/acoustics.html

    If you want a quickie dirty solution, you can also look into these products:
    www.whisperroom.com
    www.vocalbooth.com
    www.soundsuckers.com
    http://www.abson.ca/cleanroom/clean_room_home.asp
    http://www.acoustic-rooms.com/
    http://www.clearsonic.com/?source=overture
    http://www.acousticalsolutions.com/p...res/booths.asp
    and more out there...

    of course, your house will look like a community college music basement but hey! Its cheap!! And if you ever move, or go on vacation, you can take your studio with you...

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    To stop transmission you need density. Several layers of drywall (sheet rock) works real well. Basically, as the name implies, it's conveniently packaged rock. The nice thing is you can add as needed.

    I had a friend who built a room inside a room in his apartment so that he could practice drums. Major problem is ventilation. If you're letting air in, you're letting sound out.

    Ernie

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    I bought a wisperroom. It was pricy (about $7,500) but worth every penny. It is also portable. It takes about an hour for 2 people to set up and about a half hout to take apart.

    -T

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    just do a very proper job from day one before you set your studio up ....dont say to yourself your later add a basstrap or another ceiling or another door etc etc!!!

    dont setup you studio before you are sure its perfect....i had to do mine over twice and to rig up the studio 2 times was a real stresser

    here is a great forum on all the tips and tricks in the book....every detail you can think of will be discussed here

    http://forum.studiotips.com/index.php


    good luck

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    Thanks alot for all your replies and links.... many things to consider!

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcussen
    Hi. I'm looking at buying a new house, or rather a large appartment. To save my neighbours (sp?) and girlfriend pain, I want to sound isolate my studio. Any tips on how to do this? If I take a small cellar room it will likely be the easiest since its mostly the ceiling that will need fixing. But some tips on how to sound isolate a room in general would be good. If I take a room it will need isolation of both floor, walls and ceiling - harder - but a far nicer room

    Also these rooms are really well kept, and it would be a shame to destroy them if we were to sell the appartment or house later. So if there is a way of doing it without tearing down walls etc it would be great.

    Thanks in advance
    Basically it would have to be air tight, to ensure that no airborne sound travels in or out. You would have to build a "room within a room", and if you'd really want to take this far you could decouple the floor by placing huge springs under a raised floor, which will eliminate most structural noise (low frequencies). I don't think that will be neccesary in a cellar though. Last but not least, a door filled with sand to minimize sound leaking to and from the other rooms.
    Isolation can really mess up the acoustics of a room, but then - how good does a cellar sound anyway. You'll need to add absorption/diffusion panels too, and have someone do acoustic measures to finetune the placing of the panels.

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    Re: OT: Sound isolation of rooms?

    Better yet, the room in a room should have not only springs on rubber floor, but also have a ultra low vacuum between the inner room and the outer shell to prevent any noise being radiated.

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    I've heard that sheet lead is very effective, being both dense and lossy. Usually it gets covered by sheetrock, but if your ceiling is low, 3/8" rock and 1/8 " lead wouldn't matter much. I heard this from the owner of a studio, but I never saw the place, so consider this even less reliable than most internet info.

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