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Old 21-11-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps?

the girlfriend and I are about to move into a new place. I was determined not to leave our current apartment until we found a house to rent with no other tenants, mainly so we could enjoy (and write) our music with bass, any time of night. I think my audiophile obsessions are rubbing off on her .

Anyhow, we couldn't find that, still someone renting the basement, so I was wondering what the best methods are to keep bass from traveling throughout the house, down to the basement. Thought an isolation pad for the subwoofer might be a good start. But open to ideas. ..I'm guessing this can become an expensive endeavor. I'm even considering hanging our big shag carpet on one of the walls for absorbtion. If she'll let me...

Any feedback on those pads or other suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 24-11-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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Re: Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps

Pour a couple inches of concrete onto your living room floor, then build a well-insulated room inside of it! Problem solved!
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Old 24-11-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps

yeah I realize now theres no such solution. We'll just have to get our neighbor drunk and hope she passes out rather than calling the cops. We got this
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Old 24-11-2014, 01:07 PM   #4
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Re: Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps

Carpet on the walls will diffuse those highs, but basically won't touch the low end at all. Which in turn will make your stuff sound even more bass heavy in the room.

An isolation platform will help remove vibration to the floor/surface the sub/speakers sits on, which will reduce the transfer to other walls etc. and reduce additional bass/mids caused by the resonance of the vibrating surface, but it's not going to really touch the sound waves of bass moving around the room.

Successfully treating the room with bass traps in as many corners as you can (including ceiling-meets wall, and wall-meets-floor areas) will reduce standing waves which may amplify the bass which is audible outside the room (and drastically make it sound better inside the room), but as mentioned already, if you want to do anything bass heavy, and not annoy others, you need an isolated room, within a room... or just don't do it.

It's not ideal, but in the short term you could get two pairs of decent matching monitoring headphones and a nice headphone amp so you are both hearing the same mix identically. It's no match for the sound of a room, but if you're making music late at night and want to keep the neighbours happy, it's a solution.
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Old 24-11-2014, 02:29 PM   #5
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Re: Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps

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Pour a couple inches of concrete onto your living room floor, then build a well-insulated room inside of it! Problem solved!
I hear sand is where it's at.
Yeah, a room inside a room. I want rooms inside all my rooms.

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Old 25-11-2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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I hear sand is where it's at.
Yeah, a room inside a room. I want rooms inside all my rooms.
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Old 26-11-2014, 06:51 PM   #7
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Re: Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps

Bass traps absorb bass and are cheap to make.

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Re: Tips/tricks to minimize bass traveling throughout a house? Isolation pads perhaps

Sound isolation and sound absorption are two different things.

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Sound isolation and sound absorption are two different things.
oops, deleted my comment on this, yeah, I figured traps were more for preventing bass buildup in the corners to maintain clarity across the lower end of the frequency spectrum, and wouldn't really do much about the large areas of walls and floor that were directly transferring the bass energy through them.
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Sound isolation and sound absorption are two different things.
Yeah, but sound absorbing material like rock wool can be used for sound isolation. But since it's a rental chances are no one is going to stuff the wall and floor full of rock wool. Proceed with the booze plan.

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Yeah, but sound absorbing material like rock wool can be used for sound isolation. But since it's a rental chances are no one is going to stuff the wall and floor full of rock wool. Proceed with the booze plan.
Booze plan sounds like a plan.
Sometimes the best plan is to get/rent a dedicated rehearsal space/practice room or similar (usually with no neighbors or other that you can disturb, even with the loudest fucking drums/distorted guitars/bass amp/PA). Getting a dedicated space also makes one focus more on the actual reason that you are there, and time spent there will (usually) bear some fruit.

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