For those who cannot afford a huge mansion with a studio, soundproofing can be the key to a happy home. A quality soundproofing done for your home studio will have a great impact on your recordings. You will be protected from undesired sound effects. This will results in lesser background distractions that you may find reflected in your recordings. Give a thought about how to soundproof the room you’re going to convert into a studio. Acoustic treatment will block distortion and reverberations that will affect your work. But realize one fact: a room in a shared accommodation will not be sufficiently isolated to eliminate all the sound leaks and the sound of a drum is going to be difficult to trap in this set up. You may not have the largest or most professional type of studio but, if you approach the issue professionally, you can solve a lot of issues and everyone will be happy.
For the floor, install a quality acoustic foam underlay, and then add a good thick carpet on top. Wooden effect flooring though may appear chic will not absorb the sound between floors as good as the above. For walls, thick velvet curtains are good. Even old woven rugs or blankets will do. Hang them at a distance of five to ten centimeter away from the walls and you will discover that much of the sounds that bounce back into the room are dampened.
If your home has a basement room to be used as a home studio, you’re lucky but you’ll have to soundproof windows and doors which pose serious problems for soundproofing a room. Windows are easier to be tackled effectively, by attaching large wooden shutters over the frames using fixings similar to the ones applied to sash windows. When making shutters, be sure to choose a heavy wood and use enough fastenings to ensure they stay mounted.
Doors pose more problems. The best solution is to have double doors, but you may not find sufficient space for fixing it in a home studio. But there is a way out again, select a heavy material, a fire door or solid wood instead of the standard domestic ones. Ensure that the frames sit with a very good tight fit, because it is obvious that gaps between the door and frame will allow the sound to escape. Seal the gaps if any using sealing tapes and adhesive strips.
It is likely that you may have to make some compromises when setting up a home studio. You may not get the same quality of sound as with dedicated room treated by a soundproofing expert, but the above simple solutions can make a perceptible difference.
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