Soundproofing for Recording Studios and Music Rooms

Recording studios vary greatly in the depth and scope in which they are constructed.   From the very high end architectural designs enjoyed by today’s top recording artists, to the journey man at-home recording studio or music rehearsal space, the goals remain the same.   Every music studio is designed to protect against the bleed of noise in/out of the space, as well as produce premium sound quality within the room.

The issue of noise transfer bleeding through common wall or common floor/ceiling surfaces comes first.   The goal with the soundproofing efforts here is to line the perimeter surfaces with a combination of density and disconnection to force the collapse of the transmitting sound waves.   When done correctly, up to 90% of the bleeding noise can be mitigated.   Mass loaded vinyl layered behind drywall with a channel system generating separation will force the collapse of the sound wave. If your starting point is a finished room, simply staple the mass loaded vinyl to the wall or ceiling, then run a resilient channel system over it, and a new layer of drywall to complete the layering treatment.   Protect both the interior of the room for outside noise, as well as keeping neighbors protected from the music inside the room.

What does not work for sound protection are sound panels.   Sound panels in a music studio or recording studio are there for the second purpose in your quest to build the ideal acoustic music studio environment.   Sound panels capture and convert echoes out of the room, but do not block noise from escaping the room. Do not buy sound panels for your perimeter wall or ceiling surfaces thinking you are protecting the neighbors from your noise, no!   Instead, put the sound panels up to curb your echoes, lower the background noise, generate greater clarity to original sound, and then enjoy what your room’s intended purpose was built for:   maximum sound quality. Whether recording, rehearsing, performing or broadcasting, the right combination of sound panels in your room will deliver the acoustic values you are seeking so long as the right amount of material is introduced into your music room.

Acoustic soundproofing panels for a recording studio can be placed as you wish, spread throughout your space, wall or ceiling mounted.   Care must be given to ensuring that you are not under treating the room.   Calculations are easy to determine for coverage amounts by contacting a sound panel supplier with your room’s dimensions. From there, square foot totals of soundproofing panels for your recording studio can be defined for your project. Today’s sound panels come in a variety of cloth colors, and can even receive printing to help brand your space with logos, artists, and scenes from your music venue.

Remember, sound panels for a music room more a recording studio are there to improve sound quality within the room. Be sure to opt for the thicker panel option when dealing with your sound panel supplier.   Thicker sound panels generate greater performance values in the low bass frequency end of the spectrum, where drums and bass guitars roam.   For questions related to sound panel coverage, sound panel thickness, or sound panel placement within your music room or recording studio setting, reach back to NetWell Noise Control for a free evaluation of your space and a corresponding Room Analysis.   1-800-638-9355.

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