A completely soundproof drum room lets out no sound—period. Creating a totally soundproofed drum room can be a big, expensive job. It can be done, and if you’re set on this type of drum room soundproofing, Audimute has the DIY soundproofing products and expertise to get you there. But hold on…
Let’s consider what most drummers really need. In most cases, a completely soundproof drum room is not necessary. Simply reducing the amount of sound that escapes from the practice space will keep the neighbors happy and the police away.
Here’s a little easy science to help tell the story. The amount of sound coming from a drum set or a band is measured in decibels (dB). A drummer might generate 110–120dB when playing hard. If that drummer hits a little bit softer—just 10dB less—anyone listening will hear him or her playing half as loudly. Half.
It works the same way with drum room soundproofing. Because of the way our ears perceive sound, a “sound proof drum room” may not need to be soundproof at all. It only needs to reduce the volume by as little as 10dB to make the music half as loud outside the room.
This natural fact is your best friend in drum room soundproofing. Drums can sound a whole lot better inside and a whole lot quieter outside the practice space with just a couple of simple DIY soundproofing steps.
Step 1: Use Acoustic Absorption Sheets.
Step 2: Find the leaks and seal them.
Sound goes where air goes, and in a perfect soundproof drum room, air can’t get in or out. This is great for making the room quiet on the outside. It’s not so good for the musicians inside. Since complete air-tightness isn’t practical or advisable, take the time to find the major air leaks to the outside and seal them. You’ll want to do this whether you’re building a drum room or optimizing an existing one.
Next Steps in Drum Room Soundproofing
With DIY soundproofing products in place and air leaks minimized, the practice space will function more like a sound proof drum room. Care to take it to the next level?
Audimute has the right products and advice to help you with drum room soundproofing. Call 866-505-MUTE (6883) to talk to a friendly, knowledgeable expert, or chat with us via live chat.
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