Having a soundproof recording studio is important for many reasons; the most important reasons being so you do not disturb anybody outside of the room, and so nothing outside of the room can disturb you.
You wouldn’t want to hear a car’s horn in the background of your recording, right? If your studio is inside of your home, you also wouldn’t want to bother someone trying to sleep or catch up on some reading.
Let’s talk about more reasons why soundproofing is important and ways to soundproof your studio, whether in the home or inside a commercial building.
More Reasons Why You Should Soundproof A Recording Studio
We talked about problems with disturbance, but why else should you soundproof your recording studio?
The quality of your recording will be much better. Let’s say you are recording a song; the music will not need to be played nearly as loud and the recording will sound more professional.
Not only will you sound professional, you will look professional. Think about it; would you rather show your friends a recording bedroom, or would you rather show them a top-notch recording studio equipped with soundproof panels and windows?
How To Insulate A Recording Studio?
Now that you see why you should have an insulated studio, it is time to talk about how you should start soundproofing your room.
Get New Doors
For sound blocking, thick and heavy doors are ideal. An acoustic door is perfect for commercial soundproofing a studio. The acoustic door is designed to prevent a certain amount of sound from passing through the door.
It is commonly used in large-scale environments such as manufacturing facilities and music studios.
The Door Sound Transmission Control (STC) rating specifies how much sound is prevented from passing through the door. The higher the STC rating, the stronger the sound of the door.
STC, What can you hear?
25 – Normal speech can be easily and clearly understood through the wall
30 – Loud voices can be understood quite well, normal voices can be heard but can not be understood
35 – Speech can be heard but can not be understood
40 – The start of “privacy”
42 – Loud speech sounds like a whisper
45 – Loud speech cannot be heard
50 – Very loud sounds like instruments and stereos can be heard faintly
60+ – Excellent soundproofing; hardly heard
Get Soundproof Panels
Sound absorbing panels are great for keeping noise inside your studio. Acoustic panels are commonly used in movie theaters, studios, schools, gyms, offices, and factories. Acoustic panels are used to suppress noise and control sound in many different spaces.
There are various sizes, types, and colors to choose from. Many are budget-friendly and can meet your durability requirements. You can choose from many different materials such as; polyester, polypropylene, cotton, fiberglass, and much more.
Install New Windows
Glass is high density, which means it is an excellent sound proofing material. It is also nonporous; there are no holes for sound to pass through. Installing sound blocking windows is an essential part to insulating your studio.
Standard glass windows can be used to block noise, but you can achieve better results by using 12mm+ glass.
Attach Wall Tiles
Sound blocking wall tiles are pre-pasted with strips or industrial glue and attached directly to the surface. Because they are frameless, the tiles stick next to each other for a seamlessly completed design.
Once the tiles are properly positioned, they become a permanent sound absorbing material. This is why sound blocking tiles are used in studios, offices, homes, and schools.
Fill in Unwanted Gaps
You should securely seal all small holes and cracks in the room. If there is just one open space left in the room, an unwanted sound is guaranteed to pass through.
Fill in any gaps with commercial soundproofing sealant to prevent noise pollution.
Whether you realize it or not, noise pollution is all around us. To ensure your studio is truly insulated, you need to:
- Remove air vents
- Remove fans
- Remove wall outlets
- Purchase a quieter A/C unit
- Place appliances on rubber pads to prevent floor from shaking
- Carpet all walking areas
Purchase an Isobox
Of course, you are going to need a computer or sound recording equipment in your room. In order to solve the problem of computer noise, Isoboxes eliminate noise and prevent your computer from overheating with the silent cooling fan.
In case any incidents occur, the Isobox also includes an alarm to alert you of any problems. They are very popular in recording studios and are ideal for anyone able to pay the price.