Soundproofing Your Dorm Room

Imagine this. You’re a college student living in a small dorm room but you want to break into the music scene. You might be studying music or you might have aspirations for a professional career. No matter what your goals, your college dorm room simply doesn’t have the acoustics necessary for success (not to mention the fact that you’re living on a college budget and can’t rent any studio space).

So what can you do to create a space in which you can work? Believe it or not, you can convert your dorm room into a recording studio.

All you need to do is pick up a few inexpensive soundproofing materials and you’ll be well on your way. The modifications you make will be small, so you won’t get in trouble for making them and you can easily remove them before you move out.

Start with the simplest soundproofing techniques. The first thing you want to do is move your furniture around. Your furniture, like your bed or couch, can help to absorb sound, preventing it from reverberating across or through your walls and bothering others. Hanging a few heavy blankets from the walls can have the same effect.

If you’re looking for something a little more effective,  consider using some real soundproofing materials. While damping materials like Green Glue are usually best, they are better for permanent situations. In a college dorm room you might be better off using something less permanent.

Pick up a roll of mass loaded vinyl or a few acoustical panels. You can apply these to your walls with a little bit of glue and will be able to easily remove them when you are ready to move out, patching the paintwork as you go. The less glue you use the easier it will be to take the panels down when it is time to move out.

Treat the walls and doors to ensure you are’t disturbing your neighbors. Once done you can hook up your recording equipment and get to work. You’ll love the difference a little bit of soundproofing can really make!

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