Soundproofing a Music Room
It’s time to get down to the nitty gritty and discuss the exact steps you need to take after deciding you will begin soundproofing your music room. Soundproofing isn’t a simple task and the success of your project can be measured in only one way – either your family and neighbors will be able to hear you, or they won’t.
While we aren’t planning to show you exactly how to build a music room, we will give you some tips, tricks, and ideas for properly soundproofing the room.
Before we get started I need you to step back and answer one very serious question. Do you need a room that is 100% soundproof (ie. Are you a professional musician? Will noise be detrimental to your work?) or will you be happy with a room that is “mostly” soundproof. If you are a professional and need a room that is perfect we recommend you stop now and hire an acoustic consultant familiar with soundproofing a studio to help you with your project
Otherwise, here’s how to get started:
The first thing you’ll need to do, if you’re not utilizing the skills of a professional consultant, is purchase a sound barometer. Use the sound barometer to measure the noise levels in different areas of the room you want to work with. The noise levels will show you exactly what areas need to be covered with soundproofing materials.
Once you know where your trouble spots are you’ll be able to begin researching the myriad of soundproofing materials available on the market. You may need to put an extra thick carpet on the floor or you may need to apply some sort of foam, batting, cork on the walls, or apply a specialty product such as Green Glue. There are literally dozens of different soundproofing materials to choose from. Make your choice based on not only your needs but your tastes. You’re bound to find materials that are suitable for your project without having to make exceptions.
Your next step is to measure the areas in your room that need to be covered with soundproofing materials. You’ll need to take those measurements with you when you buy the materials you’ve settled upon.
Once you have the materials in hand you can begin the installation process. It’s important to follow the directions set by the manufacturer of the product you’ve chosen in order to ensure optimal success. You’ll likely apply soundproofing products to the walls, doors, windows, and floors – even creating floating ceilings – all depending on what you found during the noise measurement stage of your project.
Throughout the process you will be creating what can only be described as a small room inside a larger room. You are, essentially, using whisper clips and other essential materials to put approximately 6 inches (often more) of insulation between your walls and the new interior wall of your room. After you install the insulation you’ll want to use acoustical caulk to seal each and every seam. Make sure you apply caulk to seams around the windows and doors as well.
Once all of your soundproofing materials are installed you can bring your speakers and equipment back into the room. Make sure you elevate your speakers off of the floor to prevent reverberation. Afterwards, use your sound barometer to test the noise levels in the room again. Address problem areas where sound is entering with additional caulking or soundproofing materials.
The process of soundproofing a room isn’t necessarily quick and easy but the end results are certainly rewarding!