Making music is fun, but it can also be challenging. Besides having the right musical instruments, you still need a conducive and quiet environment to make your music.
Soundproofing your room for music does two things:
- It keeps the outside sounds and background noise out.
- It keeps your music and jam session in so that you don’t bother your neighbours. It’s not music to their ears if they have to listen to your creative process at midnight.
Building a soundproof room for music is more than just buying expensive soundproofing equipment. You could do that and still bother your neighbours or even have your audience hear background sounds that they shouldn’t on your record.
To soundproof a room for music, you have to do it right. So, with that in mind, let’s look at five ways to build a soundproof room for music.
How To Build A Soundproof Room For Music
Add Mass and Density
The point of adding mass and density to the walls of your room is to ensure that it keeps sounds in and keep unwanted sounds out. If the room were being built from scratch, then the architects would take this into considerations. But, to add mass to an existing wall or space, you can do the following:
Add Padding to the Wall
When doing this, you have to add as much padding as possible; you can also add padding for the extra measure even with thicker walls. To add padding, you can add foam mats. The point of this is to soften the sound in the room while absorbing sounds coming from outside the room.
To appropriately pad your wall, get wall panels that have fibreglass core. They are more effective at softening and absorbing sound. You can also do it this way: build a wall frame, attach it to your wall, and then cover it with another layer of drywall.
Install Acoustic Panels
Acoustic panels are often made from a combination of thick foam and fabric and are placed on all or some parts of a room to soundproof or improve the sound quality of the room. That, of course, is perfect if you are recording, because you want something to complement or enhance the sounds of your music and acoustic panels are great for that.
The great thing about acoustic panels is that you don’t have to put them in every single part of your room, you can cut them up and strategically place them at specific points around the room. That means that you get to use only as much as you want so that you don’t clutter up space.
To install them, a professional would identify the first point of reflection to diffuse or absorb sound. That is convenient, especially if you don’t have a lot of wall space to spare.
This is the point of decoupling:
Usually, when two objects or in this case, walls are joined closely together, it makes it easy for sound vibrations to transfer from one to the other. What decoupling does is that it separates the contact points of the walls, effectively stopping the vibrations from transmitting. There are some ways to do this; they include:
You can build double walls or create space between both walls; this will leave an air gap that will help you block the sound. To do this, you can use whisper clips and channels. They are used for decoupling walls.
You can also “float the floor”. But floating the floor is only necessary if you have a room below. You’d be essentially doing the same thing as you have done for your walls. However, you can use soundproofing mats. You can place thick ones all over the floor instead of drywalling the floor.
You can also use isolation pads for your equipment. What you should do is place them under your speakers or any equipment that typically provides vibrations. The pads under the speaker will effectively separate your speakers from your floor and keep the vibrations from transmitting.
Acoustic glue is also known as acoustic caulk glue. Using enough of it makes for effective damping of sound in a room. You can use it to fill in the gaps and cracks in your room to properly soundproof it. You can also use normal caulk. However, acoustic glue is more effective.
Don’t Forget Ventilation
A properly soundproofed room will not have natural ventilation; that is how you know that it’s adequately soundproofed. However, you cannot make music in a room without proper ventilation; the air is important. To take care of this, get a digital air conditioner or get a standing fan.
Soundproofing a music room can be really expensive and tasking but, it is long term, necessary and a very excellent investment for your music.