FORUMS: list search recent posts

Re: Sound proofing a room

COW Forums : Studio Design

Respond to this post   •   Return to posts index   •   Read entire thread

Bruce Watson
Re: Sound proofing a room
on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:55:36 pm

[Alan Balch] "Any ideas how much sound proofing foam I would need in order to adequately outfit a video studio? Dimensions of the room are 10' wide 20' long 10' high."

First, there's a distinct difference between sound proofing (that is, keeping sound from the outside getting in, and sound from the inside getting out), and sound treatments (to improve the quality of sound inside the room, bass traps, diffusers, absorbers, etc.). Neither of these things involve just throwing some sort of "sound proofing foam" at it, in some sort of quantity, and you're done. Both are a lot more work than that.

So first thing, decide what you're trying to do (sound proofing or sound treatments). Then decide how much needs to be done, and what your budget is. If it's not your "video studio" then find out what you're actually allowed to do to it. Hint: sound proofing generally involves taking the room back down to the studs and starting over, or building a new room inside the old one (not touching the old walls, ceiling, and floating the new floor off the old one.) Sound treatment typically means positioning bass traps, diffusers, and absorbers in strategic locations to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.

A good place to start doing some research into sound treatments might be:

There are of course a number of other vendors. But this should give you a start; once you learn the jargon searching is usually much more fruitful.

Finally, if you have any input into the room dimensions, change them. 10x20x10 feet is going to be a fairly nasty sounding small room full of room modes. Go for something taller (room for a lighting grid) and with none of the dimensions being equal to each other, or simple multiples of each other. There are books written on studio design that explain everything from dimensions to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, lighting, control rooms, and of course sound proofing and sound treatments. All the "hows" and "whys".

Posts IndexRead Thread 

Current Message Thread:

© 2019 All Rights Reserved