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How to Soundproof a Recording Studio

written by: Baby Rani•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 1/26/2011

Interesting in building your own home studio? Learn some of the basics in soundproofing a recording studio.

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    Building your own home recording studio? Renting a recording studio can be expensive. If you're serious about recording your own music you may be surprised to learn you can build your own studio. The most important factor is going to be making sure the studio is properly sound-proofed to prevent outside noise from disturbing the recording process. Follow these tips to soundproof a home studio.

    Choose Your Room

    This may sound obvious, but make sure you have a separate room to do recording in. The best choice is a room that is far from other sounds or human voices. The farther it is from outside noise, the less you'll have to worry about it affecting the recording. After choosing your room, line the walls and ceiling of the record room with soundproofing materials and insulate tiles.

    Form an Air Space

    Once the material is placed, we must set up rivets at eight to ten feet spacing over the insulation. These studs can be put over the padding at floor and ceiling separately from the walls, so that a clear air space is formed all around the record room. This air padding will keep the sound and noise from percolating in or out of the studio.

    Check for Gaps

    While constructing the walls of the studio or record room, make sure all insulating materials reach to the top of the ceiling and there are no gaps.

    Install a Window

    You may wish to put a door or window frame so artists or performers in the studio can communicate. To make sure windows are soundproof, ensure that every window has dual paned glass. In such windows, the panes are laid at an angle to each other. This traps the sound in the gap in between two panes and thus is a sound insulator for the recording room or the studio. The gap must be plastered with an acoustic material which should not be more than a quarter of an inch.

    Extra Insulation

    Once the walls are constructed, you have to put up an extra insulation layer along the walls and the ceiling. This should be done the same way on the inner and outer walls so the recording room or studio is acoustically isolated from the outside. After drying out every wall from the inside and outside, atomizer these walls with acoustic spraying material.

    Soundproof Doors

    Special, soundproof doors are available and they have insulation on the top layer, in between the void portion. This keeps the sound from going out and traps the external noise from coming in. You can build your own soundproof doors by laying proper insulation on the hollow portion, with an acoustic material.

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