Archive for the ‘Soundproofing News’ Category

Help the Constants Build an Eco-Friendly Recording Studio

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The musical group known as Constants has a mission. Frontman Will Benoit has a plan to build an eco-friendly recording studio, complete with solar-power, in the 2,000 square foot barn he already owns.

He already has the solar panels but he needs help. The band needs money for soundproofing materials and formal soundproofing equipment. They’d like fans to help and if you donate money they’re willing to give you recording time, or even dinner, depending on the amount.

There aren’t very many eco-friendly recording studios in the world. We might want to make sure this one is able to get off the ground.

Charleston Theatre Reopens

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Dock Street Theater in Charleston has a rich, historic reputation. It was the sight of the nation’s first playhouse, opened originally in 1736.

Over the years the theater burnt down, evolved into a hotel, and was eventually renovated to be used as a theater again.

The theater was recently closed to undergo more than $18 million in renovations. The theater received upgrades to protect it against earthquakes, new exterior walls, reinforced stairwells, new elevators and, amongst other things, significant soundproofing work.

This is one Charleston attraction you won’t want to miss!

Who Saved The Globe?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

A hot music venue in Wales, The Globe, was facing closure after Cardiff city council took away its live music license. Their options were to close for good or raise more than 25,000 pounds to put towards soundproofing. Up until this week it looked like the club was going to have to close.

That is, until patrons came together to raise the money. They had made significant progress and then a mystery donor made sure the 25,000 pound goal was met. Soundproofing efforts have already begun inside The Globe – scheduled to reopen soon!

OC Music Center Plans to Open a School

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Awesome news! The OC Music Center in Rancho Santa Margarita is planning to open a music school. Instead of offering simple instrument rentals and repairs, the owners will now be offering private lessons for those interested in playing a variety of instruments – guitar and drums included.

It’ll take a while for the school to open. The owners are soundproofing the unit so as not to distrurb other tenants (including a Yoga studio) and need to make sure they have all the equipment necessary to deal with electric instruments (another tactic for controlling noise). This should be an amazing addition to the community in Rancho!

Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music Plans to Expand

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago has majro plans. They recently purchased a vacant lot right across the street from the current location and plan to build a second building full of classroms, dance studios, and another venue for performances.

The total project is estimated to cost around $18 million. The  building they’re in now was once a library and now serves as the home for 7,000 students. Even still, having rooms built with the right type of soundproofing from the get-go will prove to be a tremendous asset and will enable the school to take on more students instead of turning them away.

Groundbreaking will be later this year!

Is a Noisy Restaurant becoming Trendy?

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

We read an interesting blog post on the Baltimore Sun the other day. It talked about what seems to be a strange but growing trend – the creation of upscale restaurants full of – well… noise.

It seems as though restaurant owners feel that noise is trendy. They think the vibe gives a restaurant energy and will, essentially, draw a larger crowd.

I’m not sure I’d want to eat in a really noisy establishment and, to be honest, they have to include a lot of soundproofing to make sure their new noisy atmosphere doesn’t disturb their neighbors. Is it just a bit more trouble than it’s worth?

Will Shober Bridge Construction Cause Problems?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

The area surrounding the Ellis Street Graded School district in Salisbury, NC is a historic area. There are dozens of incredible houses, many more than 100 years old – including the one in which Debra Brazee lives.

The problem? The nearby Shober Bridge is goign to be rebuilt and during the 18-24 months it takes to complete the project, Debra’s quiet neighborhood will be transformed into anything but.

And the real issue is that Debra’s property is historic. The City Council has NOT communicated with teh Historic Salisbury Foundation so homeowners with older homes have no idea what type of work will be done on their properties (near the bridge) and how it will affect the land values.

You can’t really soundproof a historic home and still call it historic. So what will the city do to make life easier on these people? Only time will tell.

Demolishing the Brown County Mental Health Center

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The Brown County Mental Health Center in Wisconsin will be demolished soon. The building, built almost 100 years ago, is full of asbestos – so much asbestos it simply can’t be renovated. It’s in the walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and soundproofing. You name a place and you’ll find asbestos in that building.

The good news is that Brown County already built a new facility. No patients will become homeless or go without treatment. All the county needs to do now is tear the building down and sell the property!

The Citroen DS3 is Going High Tech

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Citroen DS3 has an incredible new look. The stylish, classy design of the car is one of the most promising the Citroen company has released recently and forecasters expect it to become a very popular automobile.

The car is, unlike others, incredibly customizable, with a choice of more than 38 color and design combinations. Add some LED running lights, twin exhaust pipes, and extra wide silver rims and you’ve got a beautiful combination.

And, by the way – all models will  feature extra soundproofing inside the vehicle – making it one of the quietest cars on the road!

Noise at the 2010 Olympics!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

It’s not as big a deal as one might think – all of those generators surrounding B.C. Place, waiting to be used during the opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 12th.

The problem is that none of them are running yet. We take that back. One is now running – and it’s loud. So loud that neighbors living in nearby condos are complaining.

We give credit to the Olympic committee, though. They’re taking swift action to equip the generators with soundproofing materials. Now all neighbors will have to worry about are the events themselves!