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Whats' my best option?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Depth_Charge, Dec 22, 2006.


  1. I apologise in advance for this question but I have used the search function and followed relevant links (the working ones) to research the information and I'm feeling like I know less than I did before :)

    I want to prepare a rehearsal space at home for 4 or 5 musicians and hopefully do some home recordings through a Yamaha AW-1600 or similar recording equipment.

    I have a "spare" 4x4m theatre, sunk 2 courses, that I considered using, but it's a bit on the small side, has a large glass sliding door and large windows, and is adjacent next to bedrooms and a living area.

    I would need to soundproof it best I can to play at night with the kids sleeping and I can't see the room inside a room option viable and I'm not sure it's even worth bothering with that room in the end.

    Another option I'm considering is to build a tin shed out the back and use that for both storing shed "stuff", and hosting the band(s) I'm in. But I'm not sure how to approach construction with a view to quitening a band down...again I don't have the time or money to invest in a floating room.

    But I am curious about my options here so if any nice TB'ers don't mind chiming in with their 2 cents on the subject, and maybe some handy links, I would appreciate any advice I can get.

    Regards,

    Andy
     
  2. chrisp2u

    chrisp2u

    Aug 15, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    There's no real magic way you can *really* soundproof a room outside of the room in a room method. Even then the results may not yield what you desire depending on the rest of your enclosing structure and the materials used.

    The drummer of my band built a room in his basement using multiple layers of drywall on decoupled wall joints, floating the floor and ceiling lined with mass-loaded vinyl, etc... the works for a home practice area. Even with all that, you can still hear when we play throughout the house. Granted it only sounds like a stereo is playing somewhere at a reasonable volume (and a bit quieter outside), and not a cranked band, but it's not *really* soundproof.

    A lot of stuff you can read here:
    http://www.soundproofing.org/

    Good luck.
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    c


     

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