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Soundproofing


The exact methods we employ differ depending on the type of studio, and they are a bit of a trade secret. However we can tell you a few things.... All soundproofing techniques revolve around a few principles. Mainly increased mass, and isolation. Basically if you make something very heavy then it will not vibrate as easily, and if you isolate one surface from another, using a material that doesn't vibrate easily then you will limit the flow of vibration. In our double skin buildings we use the room within a room technique to provide the isolation and use foam tapes isolation bars and acoustic underlays to limit vibration transfer at contact points. In order to give extra weight/mass to the building we use soundproof matting, membranes, heavier plasterboard, fibre glass insulation,solid insulation and heavy rubber panels in different combinations depending on the type of studio.


In our single skin outdoor studios we still use both techniques but we use isolation bars to limit the flow of vibration rather than a seperate room within a room. We use less soundproof materials as well so the overall mass is less.


When it comes to our indoor studios, we only use a single skin but we use increased mass and insolation in other ways. We use thick rubber panels on the inside and outside of the studio which absorb a lot of the sound, and add a lot of mass. This also gives a neutral acoustic environment which is great for recording or very loud percussive instruments such as drums.


The other technique which helps is using materials with different resonant frequencies. All materials have a resonant frequency, which is the maximum amplitude at which they vibrate caused by a specific frequency being applied. This depends upon the material's size, mass and construction. By using materials with different resonant frequencies you help limit the flow of vibration. We use this theory in our double layered plasterboard, as well as in the triple glazed glass we use in all our doors and windows. We use materials of the same type, but with different thickness as this gives them a different resonant frequency.


Making something soundproof requires a lot of work, expertise and materials. Customer's are always surprised by the amount of materials we arrive with on site! None of our studios will completely silence something like a drum kit, but what they do is reduce them to a level which is generally acceptable. In order to completely silence something like a drum kit you would either need to create a room that had walls so thick it would be impractical, not to mention costly. We try and provide a practical solution which gives as much soundproofing as possible for a reasonable price, whilst providing a useable room at the same time. We also provide different levels of soundproofing so you can have a studio which matches your own needs, and budget.

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