A Great Guide To Soundproofing Your Home Studio

Home studios are almost expected in the modern home. Whether installed as part of the “man cave” or for family entertainment, the home studio can see many hours of entertainment and noise. There are many reasons to soundproof the home studio. Part of the reason is to keep noise from polluting the rest of the house. Not only can music rouse the neighbors, but movies and parties can make a lot of racket, too. In addition soundproofing, whether it is wood cladding or foam baffles, improves the acoustics in the home studio. This will maximize the depth of sounds, making the most of highs and lows and reducing feedback and clutter. Here are some pointers for soundproofing your home studio.

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Structures

Most experts will say that to achieve the best soundproofing for your studio, you need to build a “structure within a structure.” This is often accomplished by using products like wood cladding to create a false floor. Trapped air is one of the best tools for soundproofing, and by building a false floor with air sealed beneath, you can greatly increase the soundproofing in that room. This is especially help with those rooms that are upstairs.

In addition, false walls and ceiling will improve the soundproofing. It can get rather expensive, but one of the more affordable materials is timber. It can give you great results quickly, without as much expenditure, if you use less expensive timber.

Materials

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Most people assume that the use of foam materials is the best way to accomplish their goals. However, while egg crate foam may make the sound better within the room, it is not that useful for soundproofing. There is simply not enough mass to the foam to contain the sound and keep it from traveling throughout the house and into the neighboring areas.

Fiberglass sheets are moderately helpful with the soundproofing. What you need, though, are more substantial construction materials. Wood is the easiest to work with, and provides instant success.

Sound travels through the air, as well as through vibrations. Just like air, it will find its way through the weak spots in your room. Therefore, any windows or doors will require special attention. Most doors have a rating of only 15dB, meaning that a lot of sound will escape through your doors.

Interior walls are also notoriously weak when it comes to blocking noise. The typical interior wall does not have any insulation in it, but is made up of studs with drywall on each side. This can actually act as an amplifier for sound within the rooms.

In addition to creating trapped air spaces in the room and using solid surfaces, you can replace hollow core doors with solid doors. This will help, but you also need to make sure the seals around the door are solid, or the sound will leak out or into the room. For windows, make sure you have double glazed windows with proper insulation.

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Columbus Sounds And New Projects – Business and Online

Columbus Sound has begun a new project. In cooperation with the efforts of a local museum of art, Columbus Sound is developing a soundtrack of ambient music to correlate with each area of display.

Up the Ante

Anyone who has been to the great theme parks such as Busch Gardens or SeaWorld knows that one unifying element is the music. From one section of the park to the other, there are sound effects and/or music that help to establish a mood. It not only adds to the ambience, it helps to establish navigation patterns throughout the park.

In the local museum, navigations is not such a problem, but they have asked Columbus Sound to up the ante with a soundtrack that enhances the visitors’ experiences without being invasive. This will be one of the first museums in the state that actually uses sound effects and music to create a multi-sensory experience for visitors.

Quality Partnerships

Columbus Sound is working with a local sound warehouse to develop a speaker system appropriate for each area of display. The speakers will be integrated into the displays by experienced set designers from the local University Theater Arts department.

This challenging project is thoroughly mapped out by the engineers at Columbus Sound, with a wire harness designed for each room and linked to a master mixing board. In every place possible, the company is using state-of-the-art wireless receivers and transmitters to lessen the impact of installation on the displays. The sound warehouse is pulling out all of the stops in finding the most cutting edge equipment for use in this project.

Other Contributors

Some music being used in the soundtracks put together by Columbus Sound are pulled from public access archives. Others are especially recorded, in the Columbus studios, by local musicians and Foley artists from TV production companies. The funding for this extensive project is provided by a state grant.

Marketing

Columbus Sound expresses gratitude for this opportunity, because not many sound studios get to take on such a large, unique project. Their marketing company, LogicalJack, will be promoting the results with an online marketing blitz. Not only will the results be fully documented on the Columbus website, the grand opening will be advertised on social media outlets. LogicalJack has converted Columbus’ website to interact with mobile devices as well, to broaden public access. With this initiative, people shopping for the day will be able to bring up information about local activities that are easy to read on their hand-held devices.

The company is excited with progress on this project. The sound track is coming together very well, with talented people contributing through performances and original compositions. The great equipment is providing excellent sound in the test phases, with no feedback and very little if any noise. Sound mixing and recording has already begun for several of the exhibits, and Columbus expects a completed project by the end of the summer.

Thanks to LogicalJack and the help of many talented people, the grand opening should be a vast success. With our new business ventures in had, Columbus sound is looking ahead to an exciting future.

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Our Blog Is Now ONLINE!

Our Blog Is Now ONLINE!

Welcome to our spiffing new blog, if your interested in how sound design works and how we develop effects or provide voice work, you’re looking at the right place. Bookmark this blog section and at a later date we’ll have hopefully filled this up!

 

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