Archive for August, 2009

George Sampson Evicted

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Young George Sampson, one of Britain’s Got Talent’s most recent stars, recently found himself evicted from his London Flat. Why, you ask? He was playing his music just a bit too loud. The neighbors complained and when his lease came up for renewal the rental agents took the opportunity to nonrenew his lease.

The funny part of the story is that he wasn’t playing any type of rock, punk, or rap music. His favorite music is, believe it or not, the soundtrack from Les Miserables.

George Sampson is, for now, staying in a London Hotel until he can find a new place to stay. Hopefully his new home will have soundproof floors and walls to protect his neighbors from not only his music but from his dancing as well!

Library of Virginia Wall Panels

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

If you’ve ever questioned the feasibility of using simple wall panels to reduce noise in a room, look no further for proof that they actually can work. In this video you’ll hear what sounds were like in the rooms at the Library of Virginia before soundproofing panels were installed. In the second half of the video you’ll hear the major difference in reverberation after the panels were hung on the walls.

The panels not only cut down on noise but add a bit of contemporary style to the room. What an amazing, useful, and productive investment!

New Performing Arts Center Opens at Seton Hall

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

More than 70 years ago, when Seton Hall evolved into being, there was no separate performing arts center. This fall, and $21 million dollars later, Seton Hall will finally open the doors to it’s brand new 73,000 square foot center. Inside the building undergraduate students will find a number of large performance stages, classrooms, and faculty offices.

Perhaps most interesting are the practice rooms where students can practice their voice or instrument lessons without disturbing others. You would expect the noise levels in a performing arts center to be high but nothing could be further from the truth. The walls throughout the building were specially designed for soundproofing!

Oakham Pub is Forced to Soundproof

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Over in the UK the owner of an Oakham pub is being forced to soundproof his establishment. Just over a year ago, John Woods applied for permission to convert the property from a simple shop into a pub and restaurant. He was granted permission with the stipulation he would follow certain guidelines.

What were the guidelines? Soundproofing, for one. Of course, Mr. Woods decided his patrons weren’t noisy and didn’t go through with the plan. Now, he has until October to build a brick wall behind the pub’s garden and install other soundproofing materials. If not, his pub will be a thing of the past!

DIY Room Soundproofing

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Some of us are a bit more visual than others. That’s why we were glad to find this incredible video from ExpertVillage outlining some of the details you need to consider when attempting to sound proof a room on your own. The video talks about covering windows (if that is your choice), checking for places where sound can leak through, and things you can do to absorb sound if you’re on a really tight budget.

Ft. Lauderdale Beach Bars Punished for Noise

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Bar and club owners in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida are furious. The city has instructed bars and clubs that they must take actions to stop noise from leaving the bars after 11pm each night. In an area full of beach bars and outdoor performances, the ruling came like a punch to the gut.

Several venues, including the infamous Elbo Room, are well known for having live musicians perform well into the evening. Now their performances are shorter and occur during the bar’s slowest early hours. Many beach bars have opted to switch to indoor house music after the sound curfew.

Most of the area’s beach bars were cited for not having adequate soundproofing to prevent noise problems after the 11pm cutoff. City officials say that sound should not be heard beyond the owner’s property lines – and neighboring condo owners, the ones making the complaints, agree.

Green Glue Improves the Soundproofing World

Monday, August 10th, 2009

On July 30th, The Green Glue Company based out of Fargo, North Dakota announced the release of their newest soundproofing system. Now, instead of relying on the Green Glue damping compound alone, professional and amateur soundproofers will have the opportunity to purchase a complete four-part package that includes all of the soundproofing materials one could possibly need.

The new kit includes Green Glue noiseproofing compound, Green Glue acoustical sealant, whisper clips, and joist tape. These four tools, when used together, will give users the opportunity to complete the best soundproofing possible – missing nothing when it comes to empty space of places where noise can escape a room.

Click here to read the official Green Glue press release.

Even NASA Needs to Soundproof

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Set in the field of Sandusky, Ohio is the NASA Space Power Facility. On the site is a 122 foot high vaccum chamber designed to simulate the conditions found in space. NASA usually sends spacecraft to Sandusky to to test aircrafts before they’re used in space missions.

In the year 2014, NASA plans to lauch a new vehicle designed specifically for missions involving humans. The Orion will generate tons of radio and radar frequencies in order to operate but the question is whether or not the electromagnetic waves in space will cause the system to malfunction.

As such, NASA has plans to make serious upgrades to the spaceship “torture chamber.” The chamber, currently 50 feet below the surface of the ground, features a 2,500 ton concrete platform complete with steel rods anchoring it to the bedrock. When the Orion arrives it will be pounded with strong vibrations created by hydraulic machines for more than 45 minutes. In another chamber the Orion will be blasted by nitrogen-powered horns designed to imitate the noise generated when an aircraft reaches space.

The upgrades will, of course, result in some concerns. The largest is that the tests run on the Orion will generate quite a bit of noise. In order to soundproof the testing chambers NASA planst to build a 2 foot thick concrete door to keep the neighbors from complaining.

They hope to complete renovations by 2012 so that they can test the Orion before its first scheduled launch in 2014.

Home Theater Flooring

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

When it comes to soundproofing a room one of the most often neglected areas is the floor. If you’re going to create a home theater with high-quality acoustics than you need to make sure every square foot of space is accounted for – including the ones you walk on.

Creating a sound proof environment really isn’t difficult but can not be overlooked. It’s very easy for a home theater system complete with televisions, gaming systems, and extra speakers to transmit noise. The noise will travel through the floor and if it is a common surface (ie. on the main floor of your home) then the sound will transmit to other rooms throughout the home with relative ease.

The solution to soundproofing your home theater floor is to add a layer of soundproofing material underneath the floor surface. While some soundproofing consultants recommend laying down some mass loaded vinyl we know you’ll have better results if you simply apply some Green Glue to the surface before you put down your carpet, linoleum, or hardwood floors.

Remember – in order to effectively soundproof a home theater you must address all 6 surfaces (all 4 walls, the ceiling, and the floor). You won’t have a perfectly compeleted theater until you’ve done so.