You have your mics, your filters, your diffusers, desk, and software ready. You begin recording your project, but you realize the sound is terrible. Or maybe you want to watch your favorite movie in full stereo without disturbing the neighbors. What could possibly be missing in both scenarios? Soundproofing!! No studio is complete without soundproofing. This may seem like a daunting and expensive task, but it is relatively easy to DIY. Of course, DIY soundproofing won’t leave your studio sounding as good as Recording Studio Underground Brisbane, but it’s a great start until you book your session there. Here are seven materials you can use to set up your own soundproofing.
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Foam is an inexpensive option to add soundproofing to your room. Most foam pieces can be found online for a cheap price. Installation is simple for this material, but it will likely require some additional purchases such as adhesives and cutting supplies. This guide gives helpful steps for installing large sheets of foam. Sound-proofing foam can also be purchased in pre-cut squares. Foam is not completely sound-proof, but it does help to trap excess noises within the room. Most pieces will need to be attached to a more solid surface such as cardboard or particle board before being attached to the wall. Once it is applied to its surface, this foam can be applied to both walls and doors. If buying “sound-proof foam” is a little expensive, foam mattress toppers are a great budget-friendly alternative. You can check review portal MyBestMattress for selection on mattress toppers.
Green Glue is a little more invasive, but it is a very effective soundproofing compound. Green Glue is a caulk like tacky material that turns sound waves into energy and creates a damping effect (stopping the sound waves before they turn into sound). This material is placed between hard surfaces like drywall, floors, or paneling to prevent sound from traveling between two areas. This process would ideally be completed during the original construction of your space. If you are past the initial construction of your space, consider creating a “sound booth” or adding a second layer of drywall to put the Green Glue on. Green Glue can be purchased online, through distributors, or directly from the manufacturers. Application is relatively simple and cost-effective as most Green Glue comes in an easy to use applicator tool.
Mass Loaded Vinyl
Mass loaded vinyl is essentially a vinyl barrier sheet that blocks and deflects sound. It is another component meant to go inside the wall or between wall layers. Mass loaded vinyl can be combined with other materials such as foil, fiberglass, aluminum, foam, and foam. Mixing these materials makes the vinyl mix stronger and enhances its properties. Installing this material is relatively simple as it only needs to be nailed to the studs in the wall, but each roll of MLV can be costly. There are a number of mats that provide similar effects that may be a little cheaper if you are looking for a budget-friendly option.
Mineral wool is sometimes referred to as a “sound-proof insulation” because of its unique properties. They have a simple installation process that only calls for cutting each piece to size and then sliding them between wall studs, similar to insulation. Unlike normal insulation, though, mineral wool has extra fibers and materials within each piece that also absorb sound. Mineral wool has an added benefit to your space because it is not only sound resistant but also fire resistant. Mineral wools go by many different names but can be found at most hardware stores.
Sound-proof drywall is drywall packed with materials that help absorb sounds. These sheets are meant to be used instead of standard drywall and are about four times as thick. Sound-proof drywall is typically installed alone and not on top of traditional drywall since it is such a dense material. The drywall itself can be a bit pricey, but labor does not have to be a hefty expense. If you can install normal drywall, there should be no issue completing this DIY project.
Blankets are a great way to diffuse sound. There are many sound proof blankets that can be purchased. Installing them is as simple as nailing them to the wall. An inexpensive dupe could be created by layering spare or thrifted blankets. Sewing these blankets together throughout would strengthen their bond while reinforcing their sound-proofing abilities. Some even layer pre-made sound-proof blankets to maximize their impact. A huge benefit of this method is that the blankets can be put over most surfaces including doors.
Blocking Entrances And Exits
Stopping sound from coming in or out through common escapes is an easy and inexpensive way to assist any sound-proofing efforts. The most common exit and entry points are cracks in the walls, window sills, door frames, and sockets. Try getting weather stripping, outlet stoppers, and caulk to seal those simple exit points. Caulking and sound-proof curtains will help seal off the windows. Most of these supplies can easily be ordered online or at a hardware store.
There are many methods to sound-proofing your space. It takes a bit of work and ingenuity, but all of the materials above can be installed in no time and on any budget. Find out which material will work best for not only your wallet but your space. Remember, the key to a good DIY project is to take your time and do it right the first time. Once you’re done, enjoy your new sound-proof room!
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