Soundproofing a Room – Part 1 | Getting Started

Soundproofing a Room – Part 1 | Getting Started

everyone Landon here from Lando 27
music I’m going to do a kind of a different video today it’s not gonna be
with the green-screen and the effects and it’s not going to be a demo or a
review of a pedal or anything with that it’s actually going to be about this
room that I that I play in that I record my videos and it’s my jam room but it’s
basically a soundproof room that keeps the sound of a guitar inside the room
so I’ve heard a lot of people over the years talk about using eggshell cartons
and carpeting and stuff like that and they put that on the walls to keep the
sound in and from what I know that doesn’t work at all that’s I think
people get confused between soundproofing and acoustic treatment so
what I’ve done here I’m going to walk through I’m going to walk through the
room and actually take a look at all the materials I’ve used and how I put it all
together and then I’ll actually do a sound demo of something going on in here
I’m just going to set up some loud guitar on a looper and you’re going to
hear the difference between inside the room and outside the room hopefully you
can see that it is actually soundproofed getting back to the the acoustic
treatment so when I built the room originally I didn’t have these panels
these are foam believe they’re called I can’t actually remember the name they’re
acoustic panels basically they’re foam triangles and they deaden the sound
waves in the room so I found when I built the room it kept the sound in so
well but the sound was bouncing around off the drywall and by the time I was
done jamming for a few hours it kind of my ears are ringing and it just didn’t
sound good there was something too much reverberation in the room
so anyways I found that helped I’ll do a walk-through and show all the panels I
have I could definitely add some more there’s there’s some empty spots but
they’re not cheap so it can cost you a lot of money so I did do some research
and I was lucky enough that when we moved into this house we had an empty
basement and I was able to design the whole the whole music room
and so it’s an 8 by 12 room it’s not huge it’s it’s good for one or two guys
and there’s no sound sorry there’s no ductwork there’s no air coming in or out
and which isn’t a problem in cooler weather but in the summertime when it
does get hot up here in in Ottawa it becomes a little sauna in here so I can
play for an hour at a time then you gotta take a break
yeah let me just switch over and we’ll take a walkthrough of the room and you
can see everything all right so let’s get going here so I’ve got a second
camera that I’m gonna have outside the room so here is my jam room Jimmy on the
wall there okay so I didn’t really explain this before but it’s actually a
room inside a room I’ll explain that more in a second the doors are solid
core doors and here the difference between that versus a regular door those
are hollow so that’s key around the inside is weather stripping it’s like a
foam that you find basically on any exterior door and it keeps keeps the
sound sound in keeps the air tight as well and I can’t remember what these are
called but that’s also part of weather stripping so this is basically exterior
door materials so if you got a room inside a room it’s actually an air gap
in here okay so we’re gonna go inside here I’m gonna close the first first
door and about the second or which has the
same weather kind of weather stripping on it okay so you might be wondering
about the ceiling I’ll post I’m actually going to link a
slideshow or sorry a photo album of all the materials and when I was doing the
construction so the ceiling the walls they’re all double drywall and the
ceiling is actually suspended slightly it’s not it’s called decoupling it’s
it’s not attached to the the joists in the ceiling so it’s kind of a floating
ceiling but it doesn’t move it’s you looks you’ll understand a bit more if
you see the pictures so you can see the the acoustic treatment I’ve done is
these panels on the wall I think I’ve got about 20 and I could definitely use
some more right there some more right there
basically it’s I’ve got most of the room covered it does a fairly good job so my
only weak point in this whole room is this window it’s an exterior window
going out if there is any sound leaking out of this room it’s going outside
nothing in the house which is pretty impressive so I can be playing guitar at
night and nobody’s hearing it so I mentioned the drywall it’s double
drywall with the material between the layers called green blue and I’ll post a
link for that as well basically it’s messy putty type stuff that you squirt
on between the drywall layers and it says that it absorbs sound waves and
turns it into heat which sounds like magic and it kind of is so there’s that
there’s also all the corners between all the drywall has an acoustic seal which
is another product made by green blue it’s basically a putty I can kind of see
it here it’s never dries so it creates a bond then when I was
doing the doors here one key to actually test for your soundproofing was to close
the door and have a light on behind it and if you saw any light coming through
that’s an air leak and that’s a sound leak can’t see it here and but you’ll
see it in the pictures behind the drywall is insulation called roxul
safe and sound and it’s soundproofing insulation so insulation double layer
drywall with green blue and hanging ceiling floor is not decoupled so the
floor is actually attached all right okay so I’m going to enable what I’ve
got here one door and the second door so if you
can pick up anything right now it’s usually the lower frequencies the base
is almost impossible to completely block out but from down here you can be in the
room around here anywhere around here and you’re not gonna hear it that much
and it’s pretty loud in there it’s just another quick the sounds of way all right so I think I’ve covered
everything about the room I’ll like I mentioned I’ll list all the parts I’ll
list all the I’ll have a slide not a slide I keep calling a slide show photo
album when I was doing the room the construction I want to mention again
this is definitely for guitar like if I if I do play loud music with thumping
bass the bass you can still hear it through its it’s almost impossible to
completely knock out those frequencies it’s mainly the high frequencies like a
guitar so that’s it for now if you have any questions any comments I don’t
forget to subscribe to my channel and like this video if you like what you saw
I could do more of these types of videos sort of a demo slash do-it-yourself how
to sort of thing land in here from Lando27 music take care and we’ll see you
again bye

100 thoughts on “Soundproofing a Room – Part 1 | Getting Started

  1. I have a PhD in Auditorium Sound Design, and I was prepared for this to be an amateur effort, but no professional could possibly have done a better job. The floor might be partially decoupled with an inch or two of soft foam topped with 3/4" MDF plus a layer of shag carpet. For absorption on the interior walls, I would recommend perf board frames lined with terrycloth towels from the GoodWill store.

  2. When you're doing the inside wall, did you keep each side symmetrical? Or is it better to have a trapezoidal room?

  3. Good job on the room for a DIY project. However, I think the title is misleading as it is NOT sound proofed. As you said yourself, low frequencies are the hardest to tame. We are currently soundproofing a 25 m2 room, basically same room in room approach but more & denser layers incl. floating floor and sound proof air conditioning (or else musicians die while recording 😅 Fully sound proofed room = fully air tight) well, looking at 25.000€ + … Just to clarify if people get excited that you did this for 800-1000$, I doubt this will be possible nowadays. Alone the doors ran me 600€/piece. Most people who want an actual sound proof room are probably audio engineers or drummers, which is when the low frequencies become VERY important and very expensive to control. There's unfortunately no short cut to actual sound proofing (full spectrum). As for your acoustic treatment: I refer to acoustic foam only as fire hazard. Its absorption efficiency is very low and the effected frequency range very narrow due to its weight and density. You could build a simple wood frame and fill it with thick rock wool, pull a nice cloth over (not too thick) and achieve way better results for less money. You'd also use the same approach for corners. Super chunk bass traps. Foam doesn't go low enough, even if you're "just recording guitars" – guitars are roughly 120hz-10khz (rumble and fizz aside) and there's no way foam can cover that range which will result in a very unbalanced room sound. For example when palm muting it's gonna be all flabby while the hi-mids and highs are somewhat(!) treated. Just saying, having a decent jam room and obviously put a good amount of effort into it, I wouldn't use any foam stuff in it and rather DIY efficient treatment. (Walls, ceiling and especially corners)

  4. I'm doing this…thanks man. I'm doing vids as I go. I'm thinking of filling the air gap with another layer of safe sound.

  5. Sorry you had to waste so much time and money, hope you don't have to sell that house and explain this debauchery but when you do good luck. Uh I can still hear the sound through the wall guy. Fail. And that's a weak Vox amp not even a loud PA system. or Full Stack of amps.

  6. Nice job, did think of asymmetrical walls and ceiling, it’s a very effective way to reduce standing waves. Also the BBC is done a lot of research into small studio spaces come up with some dimensions but I’ve been proven to work quite well.

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  8. Wow this was very helpful!
    Got any tips on possible ventilation to avoid the "sauna"?
    And was getting electronics/wiring into the room tricky with the extra drywall layer?

  9. Excellent video and a professional job on the soundproofing, but completely unattainable for 90% of most musicians due to the cost involved, the work required is obviously for a musician that's a homeowner, in addition to the cost the tools required.

    Again, an excellent job ! ! Thanks for sharing the info.

  10. if i sound proof my home theater room its looking quite thick insulation between wall and then gab do the sound under not like dead

  11. Obviously a great job. . But I would surely think that any sound penetrating the inner skin. .. would find an easy path through the outer door simply because there's no blockage from the cavity wall to the door. ..
    Maybe a wad of insulation itself would do the trick. ..even tho this creates a coupling wall to wall it's not a hard material..and also I would better insulate the two doors. . To do these two things may cost an extra $10 ..
    If you haven't already…
    try it and let me know the resulting outcome if you would please. .

  12. Would this work on my walls to keep my neighbors sounds out?
    I live in a apartment complex.
    And how should I place them?
    Would it also work to place them apart, or they should be together?

  13. I followed a similar method a few years ago with all adjoining walls to my neighbors house, double staggered drywall, 3" acoustic slabs and air gap – works wonders 🙂

  14. i sound proofed a room for a gentleman. We used 5 layers of 5/8 inch dry wall and the green glue between each layer (walls and ceiling) and that same type of dense insulation. it was a serious project.

  15. It's funny that in Europe we have much more efficient dry wall solutions when it comes to soundproofing . Too bad you dont use metal profiles for drywall, we have MW profiles which are made for that use, and we have diamond and silent plaster boards, plus we have cleaneo plaster board which is made for acoustic rooms. They are not really expensive and they provide excellent results. The insulation that u use it's called stone wool over here and it's common to use in construction. That wall that you made between the rooms could be made much more efficient with Knauf w145 system, MW metal construction with Knauf Silent boards and believe me the only problem with insulation would be your doors. Combination of insulation materials would be useful too. But i guess European and Canadian/American standards are different.

  16. Dig it my man . When in doubt double it . Floor dampening can be achieved possibly by simply carpeting maybe .
    Just a thought. Awesome job.

  17. Question: I noticed your sound pads are space apart equal lengths or inches • does 20 pads do the same work as 50 -60 -70 of them sound pads???
    I’ve seen rooms with many all over walls and is that a waste of
    $$$ ???
    I’m in market for some now.

  18. I would make a frame using fit snugly into the frame around the window ..that might be a very cheap and simple solution to the window leakage..nice job.

  19. Install a sound absorbing sheet on both sides of the doors (interior).

  20. some one did almost the same thing accept for the foam pads and the 2 doors also he did not put the metal on the ceiling he put just 2 drywall with the green glue and in the wall he put dry wall and more wood studs 24 inch i think thy guy means apart because he say the less u put the better he put some fiber insulation saying it will help to soundproof then another drywall he just called it drywall he was soundproofing a room for customers i want to build a room not connected to the house out of cinder blocks and will add in side the cinder blocks concrete to make them more soundproof my gf want to make a room for live broadcasting/movie room/party room/ music playing music we will not have windows for soundproofing reasons

  21. Use rubber hockey pucks to decouple the floor. Slice em in half so u have thin rubber cookies to float the floor on ( basically cheap U Boats). U have done A pretty good job with everything else.

  22. you needed to treat the "corners" and your doors needed to be solid, not hollow. quick fix tho.. needed basstraps to high corners.. thats why bass would leak out easily.

  23. thanks Landon! Going to take all your knowledge and figure out how to combine it with a few bass traps in mind for my full band! first thing to go is my window apparently lol

  24. For the amount of work put into this, one would think it would've been 90% soundproof. I think the concept has good promise but it lacked a bit in execution.

  25. I am currently doing a Garage To Bar Conversion. I thought you guys may want to check out the Step-By-Step images of the Soundproofing Steps Taken. There is also a link to a video showing sound levels before and after acoustic insulation.

  26. I am currently doing a Garage To Bar Conversion. I thought you guys may want to check out the Step-By-Step images of the Soundproofing Steps Taken. I have video's showing sound levels before and after acoustic insulation.

  27. I'm doing this because I yell at people on my csgo ranked games that are too stupid to realise JUST DONT PEEK AN AWPER

  28. guys…any recommendation on soundproofing a wall from noisy neighbors. I spoke to them but nothing. Any tips would be appreciated.

  29. i am looking to build a sound room for recording audiobooks…
    apartment living with noisy neighbors and lawnmowers/traffic…
    tough task.

  30. The ceiling he used resilient bars which are metal bars with a flange that's screwed to the joist and then the dry wall is screwed to the bar. (make sure the screws in the drywall don't screw into the joist)
    Basically you want limited contact with the joists and as the sound reverberates it will get pushed down the bars rather than through the joist and beyond

  31. Amazing amazing! you put a lot of time and dedication 🙂always feels nice, motivating to see people like yourself, working twards both of the clear and the creative types of goal 😎

  32. Very impressive! Makes me wish I was a home owner. I found this video while looking for tips on how to sound proof my room but this is more like building a sound proof room from scratch. Anyone know how a renter who isn't able to get quite as extensive as this could sound proof a room?

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