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Old 20-06-2016, 12:00 AM   #1
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Making a studio for cheap - require soundproofing

Good afternoon all

I'm a newbie who is trying to create a studio for playing classical music (violin, viola, piano) and also teaching classical music.

I have leased a space that has dry walls and carpet flooring (your average northern california house space basically) and is almost 200 ft..

My first priority at this stage is to understand how to soundproof the studio in a way that there is no one outside the studio can hear the music and also that the sound of instrument inside the studio is as close to the level of recording studios or larger Symphony Hall. The reason I am trying to create that level of soundproofing is that I would like to audition for professional position in classical music and having a good soundproofing will not only help the neighbors but also my playing by creating just the right note for practice by not reverbing/echoing

The studio is in Northern California and needless to say that I have a limited budget for soundproofing. I looked into the acoustic foam but wasn't sure how to use it so what I am hoping to get help from the community is as follows:

- good Reading material on soundproofing basic and how to go about
- suggestion on the materials that I can use on the drywall to make it a soundproof space
- where to buy this material for cheap/good price
- any other resource link that you think I should be reading to create a very good space

i will be extremely thankful for your help

Regards

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Re: Making a studio for cheap - require soundproofing

First thing you need to do is tell us a little more about this space your working with..what you've already said is pretty basic in terms of details. What I mean is there's a difference between a brick wall with dry wall fixed to it and a cavity wall, compared to a stud partition dry wall. Each kind would need to be treated differently in order to get the level of soundproofing you're talking about..which means the costs involved are going to be different, too.

You say you've leased this space..it might be worth your while in the long term to relocate to a basement-type setting, as a basement will usually cut your soundproofing costs for obvious reasons.

Also something to keep in mind is the floors and ceiling..are they concrete, timber or tiles? Is it a false ceiling..likewise, is there a crawlspace under the floor? All these things will have a big impact on your budget..and even if you had to cut your losses and relocate, it might be worth doing so if you find the right place that will offer a good level of natural soundproofing.

No matter what you do..stay put or move..it's going to cost you a lot to get the level of SP you're aiming for..even though you can use everyday things like furniture and bedding to dull down some sound, you're still going to have to splash out a lot.

My suggestion would be that you take a good look at this location you mentioned and see just what you have to work with before you start asking how much it's going to cost, as you can't really get the answer to that until you really know what you are dealing with.

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for a more detailed account of what's what about soundproofing.

Best of luck.

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Re: Making a studio for cheap - require soundproofing

Sounds like you need BOTH sound proofing and sound treatment.
So, maybe you need to build a room within a room (google it for more info/tutorials/videos) and then put up sound treatment within it (absorbers, diffusers and maybe some basstraps, etc). The idea with a room within a room is to reduce transplantation of vibration/sound by creating a floating floor (or on sand) and air between the walls.
For cheap and effective sound treatment materials, Paroc and Rockwool comes to mind (broadband absorbers). You can make skyline diffusers (to break up flutter echo, etc) with 2"x2" studs.

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Re: Making a studio for cheap - require soundproofing

I think you would benefit a lot with changing your expectations of what soundproofing is. Even VERY good studios with excellent acoustic treatment are not soundproof. Many areas that are soundproof are not acoustically treated and things don't sound very good in there.

If you are looking to control the sound and reduce the neighbor annoying frequencies, I would suggest looking into building some rock wool acoustic panels. They are easy to build, cost effective, and can even end up looking pretty sweet. Wish I could share a helpful link, but I am sure you could find good stuff by Googling 'rock wool acoustic panels DIY']
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Re: Making a studio for cheap - require soundproofing

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Good afternoon all

I'm a newbie who is trying to create a studio for playing classical music (violin, viola, piano) and also teaching classical music.

I have leased a space that has dry walls and carpet flooring (your average northern california house space basically) and is almost 200 ft..

My first priority at this stage is to understand how to soundproof the studio in a way that there is no one outside the studio can hear the music and also that the sound of instrument inside the studio is as close to the level of recording studios or larger Symphony Hall. The reason I am trying to create that level of soundproofing is that I would like to audition for professional position in classical music and having a good soundproofing will not only help the neighbors but also my playing by creating just the right note for practice by not reverbing/echoing

The studio is in Northern California and needless to say that I have a limited budget for soundproofing. I looked into the acoustic foam but wasn't sure how to use it so what I am hoping to get help from the community is as follows:

- good Reading material on soundproofing basic and how to go about
- suggestion on the materials that I can use on the drywall to make it a soundproof space
- where to buy this material for cheap/good price
- any other resource link that you think I should be reading to create a very good space

i will be extremely thankful for your help

Regards
I was watching a tutorial on soundproofing where it was concluded that towels are the most sound absorbant fabric, so a guy took picture frames, took 3 ply of towels, and sewed them together and mounted them on the picture frames and to the walls. Greatly reduces ambient sound. I'll try to find the link but I think that'd be the way.
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Re: Making a studio for cheap - require soundproofing

Everything said so far is spot on. In regards to treatment of a room (not soundproofing), a quick way to figure out where to place acoustic padding (regardless of the medium you are using to make it) without using math equations (math is recommended by many online resources I have viewed about sound treatment) is to simply use your ears. Walk around the room and clap or whoop and listen to where in the room the sound is reflected back to you in an undesirable way, and put up padding in those places. Once you have done that, try walking around the room while playing your instrument in order to fine-tune your arrangement. If you can, walk around the room playing instruments that take up different spaces in the frequency spectrum, too.

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