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Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Murdoch » Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:06 pm

For recording purposes.

Measurements:
Room: 3m * 2.7m
Floor to roof: 2.32m
Single glazed Window: 1.20 * 1.20m
Door: 76cm length

I was thinking of something like:
At 2:03 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi2p8Flelo8&feature=related

Though I feel the huge gaps between boards will let me down.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Murdoch » Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:03 am

I understand its a completely newbie question but its something I'm looking to do asap with the spare room. A slight nudge towards the right direction would help a lot.

I'm thinking maybe plasterboards filled with rockwool. But how much? Should I cover all the walls and roof completely?
How about concrete on the floor covered by these boards?
Also willing to drill one of these boards to cover the window temporarily.

How effective will all this be?
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Re: Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:06 pm

Hi Murdoch!

I suspect the reason you haven’t got any answers yet is that you don’t say WHAT you want to treat this room for

I suspect from your questions that you’re wanting to soundproof it (concrete, gaps between boards...) but if you want to improve its acoustics for recording purposes then the approach will be completely different. if you’re wanting to record instruments or vocals in there then the approach will once again be totally different compared with setting up a control room for recording/playing back electronic music.

Let us know what this spare room is going to be used for and then we can help more


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Re: Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Murdoch » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:02 am

Hi Martin!

Thanks for your reply. 

For recording acoustic instruments mainly. Monitoring will be carried out in another room. Not looking to treat it anytime soon.

In the recording room I'm looking to keep external sound pollution out of the room (away from the mics) as much as possible.

I live in a north-London flat with a play area at the front. Though (this soon to be) recording room is at the back of the house/flat away from the play area with 1 window facing the park, which doesn't produce excessive pollution, compared to the front area.

I was originally looking to go to a pro studio, however with the luxury of a spare room and a B&Q discount card I thought I'd build me a recording room as that will give me 24/7 access to recording creativity.

Where does one begin?
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Re: Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:32 am

A tricky question, especially in a flat where you may have neighbours on both sides, above and below.

Although thankfully most acoustic instruments apart from drum kits emit levels that are more neighbour friendly, I would have thought that 24/7 is a bit optimistic without professional soundproofing.

Stick to times when neighbours are out and you’re likely to get on a lot better.

As for how to start reducing unwanted outside noises from your recordings, identify the weakest link and improve that (probably your window).

Hope this helps!


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Re: Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Murdoch » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:31 pm

There aren't any neighbours on either side. It connects to the park on one side and another of our room on the other. The top is the roof and bottom is also ours. This is why I chose this room.

I was thinking of boarding up the window twice. Once with 1 sheet of plaster board, then a 10cm gap of insulation of some sort and then another board that you read about in acoustic tutorials (I.e. 2 plaster boards filled with rockwool etc).

Maybe I should do that to the window 1st (seeing as how its the weakest link) and then think about double plaster boarding the walls and placing concrete all over the floor, etc?

Also the door seems to be the 2nd weak link, how does one sound-treat a door? Will I have to purchase a new door?

Vague question but how much will it cost for a pro sound proofing setup including installation? Can you recommend me a decently priced company?

Many thanks!
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Re: Whats the best way of treating this room?

Postby Murdoch » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:08 am

Re-reading http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may08/a ... oofing.htm

Quick question; are air-gaps/insulation only for attenuating the low-end?

Am I correct in thinking i'll be getting MUCH better results if I were to use concrete beneath the floating floor and use some pasty stuff to cover the gaps between concretes before placing the floor on top?
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In relation to floating floor:
The door opens into the room, what happens to the length the door covers when open?
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