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How To Soundproof Your Home Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 16, 2011

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Purple soundproofing acoustic foam in studio with microphoneNot sure about your where your studio stands in terms of soundproofing?

From time to time, we'll receive emails from members who are concerned with the quality of their recordings due to noise, echoes or slap-back.

Today's VOX Daily will give you some tips for what you can do as well as point you in the direction of coaches and consultants who are versed in this area of treating your home recording studio and then some.

Making Your Home Studio A Better (Quieter) Place

When you are working in an environment that doesn't include an isolation booth, you need to compensate by having a relatively soundproofed recording space. Everyone who reads this likely knows how important it is to have a quiet area to do voiceover work but not everyone is equipped with the knowledge of how to do so.

After receiving an email asking for tips on minimizing extraneous noises in home recording studios, I thought it would be beneficial to put an article together that included tips from pros as well as a list of resources available to you online via tutorials and consultants.

Soundproofing Tips From Professional Voice Talent

When we reached out to the Voices.com Facebook group, a number of talent were quick to share how they managed to treat their studios DIY style. The following come from responses received earlier today:

Mark Theobald"2 layers of Sheetrock, two layers of fibre board and the whole room is covered with Auralex."

- Mark Theobald

Ray Delnicki"2 layers of Sheetrock sandwiching R13 insulation, and the entire interior covered in Auralex - even the door and ceiling. Thick carpet and padding on the floor. Very clean and dry sound."

- Ray Delnicki

Nick Montague"Roxul is the best sound proofing insulation on the market today and lowers insurance because it is fire and water retardant also there is a THX approved Sheetrock but it is expensive both are available at Home Depot for me it is Roxul under the Sheetrock and over top Sonex with is foam sheets stapled to the Sheetrock you can also use a standard carpet not a shag unless the lava lamps are in your studio but a good dense carpet look at the foot rating I suggest a 3 to 5 foot rating this means the carpet is heavier and will deaden sound better."

- Nick Montague

Josef Loewinsohn"I am lucky to live in an apartment with r-48 in the attic space, and r-36 in the walls, and triple pane windows so all I did was hang some sound deadening curtains on a shower rod and hang a bunch of Auralex in a corner...poof! Instabooth! I just wait till late evening till the traffic is gone, and start recording."

- Josef Loewinsohn

EWABS and Consultants

East-West Audio Body Shop LogoTwo of the most in demand people where consults on home studio and audio recording are concerned are Dan Lenard and George Whittam. Together, they've teamed up to produce the "East-West Audio Body Shop," (EWABS) a new interactive, online talk show for voice actors with their own home voice over studios.

Dan and George answer questions and solve home voice over studio problems. They also bring in special guests as I understand it. The show runs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 p.m. Pacific on U-Stream.

Here's where to go to watch live programming when it airs as well as catch previous episodes:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ewabs

If you like, you can friend them on Facebook or contact either gentleman at their professional consultation sites below:

Dan LenardDan Lenard

Buffalo, NY http://www.homestudiomaster.com



George WhittamGeorge Whittam

Los Angeles, CA http://www.eldorec.com


Independent Learning

Should you be interested, there are a number of tutorial style videos on our Voices.com videos blog teaching you about everything from studio etiquette to building your own audio recording environment.

For instance, here's a video that features RØDE Microphones founder Peter Freedman and a tutorial on soundproofing / acoustic treatment:

http://videos.voices.com/2010/04/improving_room_acoustics.html

You might also find some of our podcasts helpful. Check out past episodes of Voice Over Experts and VOX Talk.

I hope these suggestions and resources help!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

iStockphoto.com/Jacom Stephens

Related Topics: acoustic treatment, booth, foam, home recording studio, how to, Los Angeles, Microphones, recording studios, soundproof, soundproofing, TV, voice acting


Comments


    Short and sweet, like anyone we know? ;)
    Thanks for the mention, Stephanie.
    EWABS now airs at 9PM EDT/6PM PDT Sundays.
    Dan and I have a LOT of fun on this show and we've got industry luminaries as guests booked through July.

    Oh, and my take on "soundproofing" (I prefer isolation) treatment?
    Double stud metal stud walls, gypsum-GreenGlue-gypsum sandwich, with UltraTouch or EcoBatt insulation, all seems calked with acoustical sealant. Improve windows with a window plug, or a layer of 1/4" laminated glass. Roxul AFB acoustic panels to suit.

    George Whittam
    ElDorado Recording Services

    Posted by:

      This will be very handy advice when I move house and studio in July! Here in Brixham UK it's a distracting path between gulls, trawlers, church bells, pub karaoke. And I refuse to use a noise gate!
      Plan for the new studio, in a village, includes thick sheep's wool as a natural substance to surround my working days, and relocating a roaring gasboiler.
      What I record in now, a padded spare room, is quite good reverb-wise, but I've just listened to anechoic speech on the Harbeth UK users group, and can hear how worthwhile it is to really knock out slap and boom, and the ingress of noise. For one thing, it lets you work further from the mic when you want to. Studio is THE most important piece of equipment, surely?

      Posted by:

        I'd also recommend: AudimuteSoundProofing.com for materials. I use their Peacemaker (behind the walls), Sound Panels, and Sound Isolation Sheets. Great people to brainstorm ideas and do business with. - TL

        Posted by:

          Frankly the biggest issue I had with my home studio was the glass. No matter what I did, I’d always get sound coming through the window. My walls were rock solid and I knew nothing could come from there, but for some reason the window plugs and such didn’t do the trick. I ended up just getting a soundproof interior window installed from a nearby company called CitiQuiet and its done a pretty fantastic job overall.

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          • Raquel
          • August 10, 2011 9:46 AM

            Hey! Just make it easier and get a professional to do it! It's not as cheap, but a lot more likely to actually work.

            Posted by:

              It has been definite information for soundproof for Home Recording Studio. I really like to read your post here and this can be definitely make your studio a better place.

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