Archive for March, 2010

3M Enters the Aerospace Industry

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Believe it or not, 3M, the makers of Scotch Tape and a wide variety of other products, has just entered the aerospace industry.

The company will, in the 2nd quarter of this year, close a deal to buy out MTI PolyFab. MTI PolyFab specializes in creating thermal and acoustical insulation products used in airplanes.

That means 3M could possibly become a major contributor when it comes to soundproofing in the aerospace industry. We can’t wait to see how this plays out!

Soundproofing a Guest Room

Monday, March 29th, 2010

One of the most recent soundproofing questions we’ve run into asked about whether or not it was possible to soundproof a guest room.

Here’s the deal. A guest room, in construction, is no different than any other room in a house. The good news is that you don’t need to rip down the existing drywall and make a huge mess. All you need to do is add some Green Glue, add another layer of drywall, spackle, and repaint the walls.

It’s simple. It’s easy. And you can do it in ANY room. Go figure.

The Problem with Vehicle Soundproofing

Friday, March 26th, 2010

While we’re all for greater cabin soundproofing in vehicles we do recognize the need for safety in all aspects of our lives. In an article we recently read, the Ada Evening News addressed an issue of great concern – drivers with their windows up and radios on not paying attention to emergency personnel.

They don’t hear sirens approaching from behind – they drive too fast around accident scenes – and they’re simply not paying attention. If you see an accident on a major highway you should be slowing down – to somewhere around 10 miles an hour. There are people there, on the streets, trying to help others.

Soundproofing is great for reducing engine noise but don’t be stupid. Pay attention to what’s going on around you while you drive.

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.

Introducing the 2010 Jeep Compass

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

For 2010, Jeep introduced an incredible new vehicle, the Compass. When SUV’s first became popular, Jeep had no problem carving itself a niche in the market. They at that time sold nothing other than off-road vehicles.

Over time, however, that changed. Vehicle manufacturers looking to compete all began creating their own version of the SUV and before they knew it, Jeep had some serious competition.

While Jeeps are still incredibly popular, the new Compass is Jeep’s way of letting the public know they still have a handle on their wants and needs. They want Jeep lovers to know that they have luxury vehicles available at the same time – without having to go to another brand. The Compass is classy and houses some top-of-the-line features (including, of course, interior soundproofing). Jeep is certainly ready to compete!

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!

Soundproofing a Room with Acoustical Panels

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

This is another video worth checking out. Mitch Zlotnik shows you how to soundproof a room by using audio sheets, which are very similar to the acoustical panels we recommend using. He explains how they work and in what instances you would use them.

Addressing Soundproofing Legislation – Order of Occupancy

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Live music venues around the world are struggling these days. Many are facing closure due to noise complaints and an inability to provide funding for soundproofing. This issue, while in some cases is fair, is in other cases very unrealistic.

Here’s the problem. It’s a little thing called “Order of Occupancy.”

What it means is that if my live music venue exists in an area for 20+ years, and has made noise all of that time, you should not get to complain about my “standard operations” if you move in next door 20 years after I open. Yous hould have done your research and, as such, you give up your right to complain.

Why aren’t communities creating or enfording rules like this? Why are they letting new businesses crush the old?

Soundproofing a Door

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Not sure we’re making sense when we talk about things like soundproofing doors and windows? Check out this video to see how noisy life can be in urban areas and how having a soundproof sliding door can make a huge difference.

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!