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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby jellyjim » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:35 pm

Watchmaker wrote:call the po-po

haha! 'po-po' always make laugh
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Wonks » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:37 pm

Have you other neighbours? I'm assuming that you've probably got people to the sides and above you, so have they ever made any complaints?
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby jellyjim » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:39 pm

Wonks wrote:Have you other neighbours? I'm assuming that you've probably got people to the sides and above you, so have they ever made any complaints?

Nobody above. Garage to the right, shops to the left. Somebody on ground floor.
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:46 pm

Life will be much nicer if you manage to befriend them :thumbup:
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby jellyjim » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:48 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Life will be much nicer if you manage to befriend them :thumbup:

I certainly have no intention of p'ing them off. I'd hate noisy neighbours myself!
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Wonks » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:59 pm

jellyjim wrote:Nobody above. Garage to the right, shops to the left. Somebody on ground floor.

Reminded me of Steelers Wheel:
"Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you"

You could always drill a hole through their ceiling, and introduce an anaesthetic gas whilst you are making a noise, so they don't notice anything at all. ;)
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:01 pm

As a rough rule of thumb, you wouldn't expect normal conversations between two people to be overhead in adjacent properties, whereas raised voices or shouting might be.

So, applying that to music listening levels, if you find yourself working at such a level that you need to raise your voice (or shout) to be heard by someone in the same room while playing music, the chances are it's going to be at a level that is likely to cause disturbance, and doubly so given that speech has no deep bass, but music almost always does (and bass gets through walls much more easily than mid and high frequencies).

The problem is that most people ~do~ end up monitoring at just that kind of elevated level when mixing, often without realising it!

I agree with all the other calls to make friends with the new tenant and work out an acceptable arrangement before it becomes a problem.
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:59 pm

jellyjim wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:Life will be much nicer if you manage to befriend them :thumbup:

I certainly have no intention of p'ing them off. I'd hate noisy neighbours myself!

:bouncy:

I was meaning more that you never know where new friends are going to come from. You and your new neighbours may turn out to have nothing in common but equally there's a chance it may be the start of a firm friendship.
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby blinddrew » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:30 pm

Speaking from personal experience, it's worth really impressing on them that if they're not happy they absolutely can and should come and talk to you about it.
I switched to playing bass in a band for a few months and hadn't realised that the change in frequency has meant that my practicing had gone from in audible next door to quiet-but-really-annoying. I'd previously chatted to my neighbour regularly but because it was quite a quiet overall level they felt they couldn't complain. Eventually it came up in conversation that actually they had a problem with it but never wanted to raise it. :(
All it took to sort was me turning down the amp a notch, which I barely noticed. Sometimes people are too polite for their own good.
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Wonks » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:38 pm

Exactly.
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby Watchmaker » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:25 pm

what? Can you turn that up a notch, please?
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Re: What is acceptable room volume and how would you measure it?

Postby maxsnet » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:29 pm

When I move to a new place, I usually play as loud as I enjoy like if I were alone in the world. I usually get one neighbour knocking at my door after a few days.

I am always very friendly - he or she is right to be upset - and apologetic and I always give my phone number. I say that I will be careful and that anytime I disturb, they sms me.

When I receive a SMS I play quieter and after a bunch of sms amongst a few days or weeks I know when and at which volume they would get disturbed. After a few days or weeks without an SMS, I send one to know if that is better now.

I often invite to grab a beer too, propose services like to keep the cat when they are on holidays...

Never had a problem.

In the flat I am now, I solved the issue by moving my monitors where it would make the room vibrate the least.
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