Archive for April, 2010

Good vs. Bad: Insulation

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Today we’re going to take a look at anothe soundproofing product commonly used to reduce noise in homes – insulation.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Insulation can go a long way when it comes to reducing noise, but if you’re sticking to that plain pink stuff, you’re not going to get real results. Nor will you get great results if you rely on pumping your walls full of cellulose.

Insulation can help, if your noise problem isn’t severe. Otherwise, you might need to consider alternative soundproofing methods, like Green Glue or acoustical panels, to get the job done right.

Good vs. Bad Materials: Vinyl

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Mass loaded vinyl is one of the most popular soundproofing materials on the market today. It has a wide variety of uses but – is it really effective?

Here’s how vinyl (or mass loaded vinyl, aka MVL) really works. It’s called “mass loaded” vinyl because it adds mass, or density, to the surface you wish to soundproof. The denser a surface, the more difficult it is for sound to pass through.

So here’s the rub. How much does mass loaded vinyl really weigh? One or two pounds per square foot? If that’s all it weighs, how much sound can it really stop?

You do the math. It’s effective, but there are better soundproofing materials out there.

Installing Sonex Panels

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Soundproofing in a recording studio is incrediblyimportant. If you don’t properly stop the vibration of sound, the quality of your music will be seriously compromised.

The following video shows how to install Sonex acoustical panels. While we do like these panels, we still think using Green Glue instead of, or in addition to, these panels would be most effective. Check them out!

Will Derby Receive European Funding?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Derby city council has made an interesting request. They’ve applied for European funding in order to soundproof the Friar Gate Studios building. They opened the office building about 4 years ago in order to acomodate up and coming businesses while developing the area, but they have a problem. Neighbors are complaining about noise.

To soundproof the entire building would cost around 750,000 pounds – money Derby doesn’t have. They’re stuck in a difficult situation. No new tenants will move in until problems are corrected, and neigbors won’t stop complaining.

We can’t wait to see if their request for funding pans out.

Simple Green Glue Application

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Are you still a little nervous about attempting your first soundproofing project with Green Glue?  Today we thought we’d share a short video outlining exactly how quick and easy it is to use Green Glue damping compound. Check out how quickly this woman applies the compound to the drywall before attaching it to the wall. It’s like a dream come true!

The Scatz Nightclub Won’t Close

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

In a stunning agreement, the Wisconsin town of Middleton has struck a deal with the owners of the Scatz nightclub.

The problem? A nearby hotel – one without its own soundproofing – is having guests call in complaints when the nightclub becomes too noisy. The bar was, at one point, declared a chronic nuisance and, as a result, the club had to pay every time the police were called.

The club agreed to spend $85,000on additional soundproofing and hopefully all problems will be solved.

Who are the Kabul Dreams?

Monday, April 5th, 2010

It’s a strange name for a band, isn’t it? And the truth is that the Kabul Dreams, inspired by British indie bands, are from Kabul and are growing increasingly popular amongst both local Afghan youth and expacts.

The band members have been working together for just under a year, but in that time they’ve managed to earn a respectable young following. Their home sound studio needs a bit more soundproofing work (to keep outside sounds out more than their sounds in) but – if they keep at it – they may be able to move into a more professional space sooner than they think.