Archive for February, 2010

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!

Double the Material, Double the Success

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Today I’d like to quickly dispell one of the most common soundproofing myths out there. Many people believe that when conducting a soundproofing proofing project doubling the amount of materials used will double the effectiveness of the project.

Nothing could be further from the truth, especially if you aren’t using high quality soundproofing materials to start with.

The reality of the situation is that soundproofing is a very scientific undertaking. There are specific materials you should be using to solve specific problems and, if you use the wrong ones, it won’t matter at all how much you use. It simply won’t work.

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?

Applying Green Glue

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Not 100% sure how to best install Green Glue? Check out this incredible video for some simple soundproofing tips. It addresses using Green Glue from the early stage of construction (before the first layer of drywall is installed) through completion of your project!

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.

The New Suzuki SX4

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Last week we took a close look at the new Citroen vehicle and this week we’ve got something else to unveil. The incredible Suzuki Motor Corp has made signifcant changes to the SX4 vehicle model and if you’re  a fan of the Suzuki this is one vehicle you won’t want to miss.

Both the interior and exterior of the vehicle has been redone, including cushioned armrests, lower dashboard panels, and better cabin soundproofing. Who knew riding in a Suzuki could be so relaxing and luxurious?