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Jul162010

Recording Studio Soundproofing

Soundproofing Recording Studios

Recording Artist David K and Sound Panel Murals Standing Up to 10' Tall

Recording Studios are typically multi-room facilities that require maximum sound quality and minimum bleed from room to room.   For broadcast, voice-over, recording, mixing, rehearsal, editing or dubbing, the ability to acoustically isolate one room's noise from the next, and then control the reverberation times wtithin each space, will play a critical role in the success of any music studio setting.   More than any other commercial space we treat, there is no greater need for premium sound quality than the recording studio market. For new build or retrofit, the sound proofing treatments available at NetWell are state-of-the-art and designed to meet your every need.

 

Soundproofing Treatment
 

To isolate one room's noise from the next, we refer you to the Walls and Ceiling sections of this Applications Guide where we outline the steps involved in treating these surfaces with our "density + disconnection" sound proofing formula.   Our dB-Bloc sound barrier treatment can be applied to new build, exposed frame, or finished surface common walls or ceilings to deaden noise bleed.   It's a layering system that can trigger up to a 90% collapse in sound bleed through common surfaces.  If you have a drop ceiling grid system, our Ceiling Caps can deliver comparable results by placing an acoustic "lid" over your room to combat sound transmission.

Once your studio rooms are properly insulated from each other, then we attack the finished surfaces within each room to combat and absorb the unwanted sound reverberations.  Without absorbingi your echoes, your studio space will experience bacxkground noise that will distort the sounds you are creating.  But with an absorption coefficient introduced to your studio, the background noise can be captured, collapsing your echoes and delivering greater clarity back to your original sounds. With NetWell's sound panel systems capturing your echoes, premium sound quality is produced for both vocals and musical instruments.

These sound barrier, acoustical panel and ceiling tile products are featured in our Product Bin.  For low budget residential projects, the Pyramid Foam Panels are the most common treatment.  These are lower cost, easy to self install acoustical foam panels designed to capure echo.  Get the 3" thickness and call our help desk at 1-800-638-9355 with your room's dimensions, we will calculate how many panels your project will need based on room size.

But for commercial studio space, foam panels are becoming more obsolete, replaced with acoustical sound panels, and this is where NetWell separates itself from the pack.  For our Music Studio Marketplace, we present to you the WOW Factor.   We will take our sound boards and wrap them in art.  We put your brand, image, graphics, logos and profile, stretching images across murals that surface mount across the expanse of the ceiling or wall space in your music studio.   This represents the best available sound panel treatment on the market.   We will deliver premium quality sound and the visual WOW factor.   Your entry way, reception area, hallways, live room, control room, voice over, editing and more.   Custom imaged sound panels that showcase your talents, showcase the artists that have used your studio setting, and help you brand your space.

Acoustic Results

We can raise the STC values of a standard stud wall construction from an average of 38 to over 60 if your goal is to control the bleeding of noise through the common surfaces.   Once the rooms are properly isolated, the absorption coefficients within each room can trigger NRC values that will absorb up to 90% of your unwanted reverberation within each room, leaving clear crisp sounds and harmonic tones for ultimate recording purposes.  Simulated results for soundproofing a recording studio and recording studio design are simulated in our Sound Chamber.    Results will vary per treatment.

 

More Tips for Soundproofing Your Studio:

I.    Room Isolation

Before the acoustic quality within a music studio space can be addressed, steps should be taken to help secure and isolate each room within the studio.   From control rooms to mixing rooms, voice-over booths to live rooms, each space should be disconnected from the next structurally and lined with density to contain sound.    These treatments are outlined in the Wall Soundproofing section of this Applications Guide where we illustrate applications for new or existing builds.

Any common window treatments should be given careful thought.   A full vertical window should have a triple pane glass assembly, each pane of glass a different thickness to help combat a different frequency pitch of noise, and the panes should be separated by an argon gas fill.   The middle pane of glass should ideally be angled while the two outer panes are vertical.   The level of leakage through any window, acoustic or otherewise, will depend on the quality of the installation.  Something you should let the pro's do.

We also recommend the use of track lighting in your studio (if you have finished ceilings) rather than recessed lights.   Any recess lighting will create new flanking paths for noise to bleed in and out of your room.    Minimize the holes you need to cut into your surrounding walls and ceiling.  If you have a drop grid ceiling tile system, anchor a set of Ceiling Caps atop your ceiling tiles to deaden sound bleed.

II.  Diffusion

Once each room is properly isolated, and before we address the need to absorb unwanted sound reflections within each of your rooms, we want to ensure that sounds produced for recording or broadcast purposes are scattered and dispersed evenly throughout your rooms.    Ideally, the walls within the studio are not built from three sets of parallel surfaces.   This will help scatter reflecting waves in multiple directions, eliminating "live" or "dead" spots in the room for better sound balance.   If your production rooms for recording are defined by straight, parallel surfaces, be sure to combine a set of diffusion panels with your absorption panels.   This will help produce premium quality sound for your recording studio.

III.  Absorption

Finally, in the efforts to produce the clearest and strongest quality sound possible, we complete the soundproofing efforts by cleaning out the background noise through the use of a set of absorption panels in the room.    There are a variety of products featured in our Product Bin that are all designed to capture unwanted sound reflections in the room.  For the lower budget residential treatment, the Pyramids are the most common sound panel option.  For the commercial studio space, the PicturePanels are the sound murals that help showcase your space.   These sound panel options and more are feautred in the Product Bin.

Note that the key to the success of your sound panel treatment for your recording studio space lies with the assurance that you are not under-treating your space with any of these panel systems.   We safeguard to ensure that the right amount of material is specified for your studio based on the size, shape and surface textures of each room.   For a free Room Analysis of your space, click the button below or call to our help desk at 1-800-638-9355.