Saturday
Jul172010

Soundproofing a Drum Room

Acoustic Challenge

Loud drums can produce unwelcome noise in a home, studio, stage or music room.    Our goal is to isolate the noisy drums for sound protection for nearby neighbors and adjoining rooms, while delivering acoustic quality back into the soundproof drum room.

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We first recommend you visit our Walls and  Ceilings sections of this Applications Guide where we outline for you how to combat against the bleed of noise out of the room.    The combination of adding "density + disconnection" to your surface assembly can effectively block sound transmission.   Once completed, line the finished surfaces in the room with a set of sound panels designed to absorb the energy created inside the room.   These drum shields, sound screens, acoustic foam and drum enclosure products are all designed to control drum noise and are featured in our Product Bin.

Acoustic Results

By following the techniques outlined in our Walls or Ceiling section of our Application Guide, you can reasonably expect an average 10-12 dB drop outside your drum room or drum kit.    You can also absorb up to 80% of the unwanted reverberation within the room.   Both of these results for soundproofing drums are simulated for you in our Sound Chamber.

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Your treatment starts with a simple question.    Do you want to build out your room properly for controlling drum noise bleeding out of the room, and then treat the interior for sound quality, or would you rather concede some of your result for less cost, labor and permanence to your treatment?

If you want to do this right, follow our framing advice in our Walls and Ceiling sections of our Applications Guide.   Apply the dB-Bloc barrier membrane to 100% of your room's surfaces, follow the framing advice for new or existing rooms, and finish off the surfaces with a new layer of drywall.    Then line 70% of your room with the 3" Pyramid panels and set the CornerCuts in all 4 corners of your room.

If you want to do the "next best thing", concede some of the result, but still trigger a good sound control treatment, simply take your existing walls and line them with the 3" Pyramids.   By skipping the dB-Bloc treatment, you are allowing some of the bleed to still take place, but this treatment is much more user friendly, less expensive and popular for renters or teenagers in a parents basement.

In either case, the combination of the barrier treatment first, then the absorption treatment, will deliver a studio quality sound level to both the inside and exterior of your drum room.    One popular alternative to the combination, is to simply hang the QBV blankets against 100% of your walls and ceiling to create the "padded cell" appearance.   These blankets serve to block and absorb the noise at the same time, they are portable, and easy to install.  But their unit cost is stronger than the combination of dB-Bloc and the Pyramids.

Finally, consider building an "upside down" sand box and setting your drums up on a platform.   This will serve to disconnect the drums from the floor, and prevent the noise from structurally bleeding out of your room.    Use simply 2x6 studs, build your platform, fill it with bags of sand, and cover with 3/4" plywood layer.   Then carpet the entire floor if possible.

Good luck!   Let our help desk know if you have any questions.