How to sound-proof a room with minimal budget

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Soundproofing a room can be quite expensive, especially if you want a professional acoustic environment and need to opt for professional services. It’s next to impossible to completely soundproof your room without spending a lot of money. Thankfully, you can take certain innovative measures to reduce the noise levels without poking holes in your pockets. All it requires are some cheap and inexpensive materials, plus some creative improvisations.

Things you’ll require:

Basic tools such as hammer, nails, glue, staple gun (optional), scissors and duct tape. Soundproofing materials such as egg crate foam (or acoustic foam), cloth tapestries, old mattresses, thick carpet (or shag carpet), heavy foam pad, foam weatherstrip seal, bookshelves, books, and basically any sound absorbing materials you can get your hands on. Step 1

Egg crate foam is an excellent sound insulator. You can find them in almost any thrift store. Make sure to measure the area of your walls...

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One of the biggest challenges of every small independent production is doing a proper audio recording whether it’s an ADR (Automatic Dialog Replacement), a recording of a voice over artist, or any other practice of capturing high-quality audio at a home studio on a budget. Professional audio equipment has gotten very affordable over the years, and the overall trend in terms of price and accessibility to professional features is still going in the right direction.

Yet, many filmmakers struggle to find the proper balance between video and audio or they simply don’t want to bother too much with the latter. In reality, getting affordable audio equipment is not the biggest issue, though. Finding the physical space with the right acoustics where actually you can do your recording is.

Soundproofing a room is still an expensive investment and is mainly reserved for pro studios. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve professional results on a budget. On the...

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To soundproof a room you'll want to take each part - the floors, ceilings, and walls - separately.

Start by checking the areas around the windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Are they properly sealed? If not, you'll need to get some acoustical caulk and fill in the cracks.

Are your doors hollow or solid? Try replacing hollow doors with stronger, solid doors to help block sound.

Finally, you'll use a series of techniques to add Green Glue damping compound and extra drywall to the walls and ceilings. This is easier to do if you are working on a building still under construction, but you can soundproof an existing room. All you have to do is apply the Green Glue to your existing surface (as it is), screw the new drywall over top, fill in the seams with acoustical caulk, spackle, and repaint.

Before you know it you'll have a soundproof...

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Nothing kills a video like poor audio quality. No amount of set design, camera effects, or lighting tricks will help your finished video if your audio sounds like an old cassette tape. Beyond seeming unprofessional, poor audio quality makes it difficult for your viewers to understand the video. Your point gets lost in the static along with your voice.

Of course, some types of videos are less driven by audio than others. I can think of a few excellent videos that don’t have any speaking parts at all! But for anything with a voice over, on-screen dialog, or interview, you’ll want to make sure the sound quality is as good as possible.

Before we talk about how to prepare your own room, let’s take a quick look at how sound works in the first place. Once we understand what makes a voice recording echo-y or scratchy, we can start fixing the problem.

The Science Behind Sound

Sound moves in waves. When those waves hit something (like a wall), they bounce back....

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Never been in the drum forum before - so Hi everyone

Anyway, this and a few other threads would be welcome in the Recordings forum, if you guys ever have similar questions about recording drums/treating rooms for recording, so if asking here doesn't work you could try asking us

The only response here that will do much to soundproof the room realistically, is what eddiehimself said - acoustic foam is not designed to soundproof anything, it just treats the reflections of higher-end frequencies from bouncing back off the wall, to the listening position/position of the mic and source.

In general, to soundproof a room there are two main factors - mass, and distance/thickness. The more dense a material is, the better it will soundproof a room (particularly with regards to low-end, i.e your kick drum and floor tom) relative to something less dense of the same thickness. And the thicker a material is, the better it will treat low-end as the extra thickness...

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Right from the get-go, we need to distinguish between soundproofing a room for recording a podcast, and improving the acoustics of the room. In this article, I will discuss only sound-proofing a room, but if you want to improve the acoustics of your room, check out this article.

Soundproofing is the practice of reducing the penetration of noise from outside the room into the room where you will record your podcast. Improving the acoustics of the room is changing the way your voice sounds in the room (echo, ring, etc).

Background Information for Beginners
Before you begin any soundproofing projects, I highly recommend simply buying a high quality directional microphone. If you use the microphone that I recommend for podcasting, you likely will not need to do anything to your room to make the sound quality improve.

Most microphones–especially inexpensive ones–have a wide pickup pattern. That means the mic will capture sound coming from any direction. This...

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If you live in a quiet neighborhood and you enjoy late nights watching your very own home theater, or you have a music room or a home recording booth or studio where you practice your penchant for producing your own music, or for whatever reason your neighbors are complaining about the loud disturbing noise coming from your home, it is simply sensible to sound proof your room to be sensitive to other people’s tranquility. Noise is any undesirable sound that can cause physical and psychological harm due to its intensity and frequency. To ensure that you do not disturb or harm other people from noise coming from your own house, equip the area where significant noise comes from with sound reduction materials, which are available in the market today. The basic materials include:

Drywall. A sound engineered drywall that has been treated with a sound proofing material makes a good sound deadening system at a minimal cost. You can add it to your existing walls and ceilings to...
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Soundproof floors and ceilings.

Floors and ceilings can be soundproofed using many of the same systems suitable for walls. Most commonly, homeowners add an additional layer (or two) of drywall, with dampening glue in between.

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As a simple additional step, cover the floor with soundproofing mats, then

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You do not need to soundproof the floor if there is no room below you. Heavy concrete ceilings won't benefit much from the additional mass of drywall and damping compound. Instead, add a drywall layer with an air gap in between, or fill the gap with fiberglass...
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This is a guest post by Peter from King’s Audio.

Whether you’re a budding musician or you just love recording and playing with sound, recording can be an expensive hobby. Of course, when you start out in anything, your main concern is money, so it’s nice when you can get started without paying over the odds.

One option of course is to hire a professional studio (if there happens to be one in your vicinity) but have you considered creating your own studio at home instead? This can of course be an equally expensive option, but there are ways to save money if you are willing to give it a go.

Traditionally, one of the biggest and most expensive jobs in any studio build is the soundproofing, but it is unfortunately essential if you don’t want to get in trouble for creating too much noise!

Choosing A Room

Before you start getting to work, you will need to consider which room you will use. This is important because although your sound proofing will...

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In Part I and II of How to Sound Proof Your Office, we discussed how first and foremost, we must quantify what our actual noise issues are. We must put a number to the noise. Next, we need to find out if the noise is being generated from outside the office or from inside the office. Depending on the noise source and position, we will use different technologies to minimize the noise issues. We minimize so noise levels do not rise above acceptable levels within an office environment. In most situations reducing pressure levels that allow for normal speech and work related endeavors to move along uninhibited is the acoustic goal. Eliminating noise completely is usually not an option. If our noise is generated from outside our office room, we discussed barrier technologies and their application. If the unwanted noise is coming from within our office room, we must use absorption technology.

Speech Intelligibility

Reflections from our office wall surfaces confuse our...

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Five Ways NOT to Soundproof Your Home

There comes a time when you realize you need to soundproof a room. It may be a basement you’re converting into a media room, a spare bedroom you want to turn into a studio, or a nursery you want to make quiet. Whatever the reason, many make the mistake of taking on a “do it yourself” soundproofing project with the hopes of saving money, only to find themselves in trouble down the line.

Most do-it-yourself soundproofing projects cost people more money in the long run. Many assume soundproofing is a simple task. They fail to understand how much research and testing it has taken to develop the science of soundproofing. Some of the more glaring errors people have made are perfect examples are how NOT to soundproof your home.

These include:

Empty Egg Cartons

Yes, people have gathered up dozens of empty egg cartons and fastened them to their walls, assuming the shape will somehow absorb sound because they look like those...

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Living in an apartment with loud roommates? The apartment you live in is small and all noises come straight into your bedroom. Is there an easy way to lessen the noise and soundproof my door and room myself? Yes there are many things you can do when it comes to soundproofing to get your bedroom door (that is most likely hollow) to absorb and block the loud sounds. If noise cannot be stopped from the source, you need to block and or absorb it. Living in an apartment makes it so you are unable to replace things like doors. We are going to show you a few ways to successfully soundproof a room that has a cheap hollow door.

The first thing we recommend is trying to dampen the sound near the source. If the living room, dining room or kitchen has tile or wood floors, the sound has no way of being absorbed. The easiest thing to do in this situation is buy some cheap rugs for the kitchen or one big rug for the living or dining room. This will help absorb the sound before it...

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Depending on how you use a room, you might decide to install soundproofing insulation to reduce unwanted noise. If you regularly work at home and you need a quiet place to concentrate, soundproofing might be the key to your productivity.

Although soundproofing can have real advantages for your home, there are also benefits of hiring a professional to take care of the soundproofing work for you. Even if you have experience working on home-improvement projects, this work might be beyond your comfort zone.

1.Benefits of a Professional Soundproofing Job

When you hire a professional for soundproofing, you can ensure that the finished result will provide high sound quality. In addition, the professional results will also be visually appealing, thanks to high quality wall panels, ceiling panels and doors. You’ll have a variety of choices in colors, materials, patterns, designs and finishes, with something to fit every decorating theme. A professional will also...

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In planning what I was going to build, I needed to first understand more about soundproofing. I am by no means an expert, but just learning the basics went a long way. There are 5 basic principles of soundproofing: mass, absorption, conduction, mechanical decoupling and resonance. Read on for a brief overview of each principle and how I addressed it.

Mass: This one is pretty straightforward. More density = more sound absorption. Thing is, you need it to be REALLY dense to make a big difference, so simply adding a layer of drywall to an existing wall will only give you a slight decrease in sound transmission. To address this principle I used two layers of the thickest drywall readily available (5/8") vs the more common 1/2" thickness.

Absorption: Any kind of insulation within a wall's cavity will help absorb some sound, although it will not trap any low frequencies. This is most effective when the walls are decoupled, as if there are studs connecting the two walls the...

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