Whether a professional drummer in a commercial space, a wanna be drummer in a home studio, or the young child with the brand new drum set, noise is prevalent and will need to be treated.
For children, making noise is fun. Children get endless joy from producing loud sounds, regardless of where they are or the headaches they are causing the neighbors. As a parent, you want your child to have fun but would like to enjoy some degree of peace for yourself in the meantime. If your child has a drum set, you may be experiencing the parental dilemma between encouraging your child’s creative talents and maintaining your own sanity. But you can have both, without making the drum set mysteriously disappear during the night. While the music is probably not getting any quieter, you can control its transmission throughout the house by adding some simple soundproofing modifications to the room.
For the professional, practicing drums is a must to keep the skill sets and timing sharp. Finding the right time and space to practice is often a problem, with unhappy neighbors nearby complaining about the noise. Careful consideration should be given to the space in question, the goal being to both isolate the noise to within the room, and produce more favorable sound inside the rooom.
Controlling the noise from the dreaded drum room involves a combination of wall and ceiling treatments, and possibly floor treatments if the room is not on the ground floor. You can hear drumming throughout your home because vibrations travel through common walls. By increasing the density of the walls and creating a detached surface, you will inhibit the wall’s ability to transmit sound outside of the room containing the drums. The best way to increase density is by applying dB-Bloc, which is a vinyl layer that attaches directly to your drywall. This product should cover 100% of the wall surface and serves to control the wall’s ability to vibrate and transmit sound. Next, furring strips should be attached horizontally across the wall from floor to ceiling in about sixteen inch increments, creating a support system onto which you will apply new drywall. The space created by the separation of the new drywall from the existing wall forces sound waves to subside within the space rather than passing through one dense object and into the next room.
The ceiling transmits sound waves because it is a common surface among different rooms of your house. Soundproofing reatments for the ceiling are applied in much the same way as the walls, with a layer of dB-Bloc, furring strips perpendicular to existing ceiling planks and a new layer of drywall. Make sure to overlap the vinyl sections slightly, and cover 100% of the ceiling surface. A company specializing in soundproofing can provide guidance on the appropriate amount of material to purchase and advise you on proper installation techniques.
Without serious industrial level modifications, you will likely not reduce the noise transmission from the drum room to zero. Some sound can still travel through air vents, doors, untreated windows and other uncontrollable means. The goal here is to control the transmission of sound and reduce it to a more bearable level. Meticulous selection and application of room treatments will provide optimal sound reduction and produce satisfying results that let both you and your child enjoy the pursuit of your hobbies.