Tip 1: Seal your seams!
This is often one of the most overlooked aspects in budget soundproofing projects, yet one of the most important things to tackle. Imagine filling a bottle with water. No matter how durable the walls of the container, you won't get very far if there's a hole in the bottom. The same thing is true in soundproofing. Adding budget soundproofing material like Peacemaker sound insulation will give you the mass you need on your walls, floors and ceilings, but these materials will only reach their maximum level of effectiveness once you seal your seams (including cracks around the frame of your doors and windows, electrical outlets, etc.). If you don't seal your seams and create the most airtight space possible, sound will continue traveling in and out of your space through your seams.
Our best recommendation is to look for a budget soundproofing tape like Audimute Acoustic Seals to use for sealing your seams. This tape was made to block sound from leaking into and out of your space through the weakest parts of your room (which are usually your doors and windows). Budget soundproofing tape is great for those looking to soundproof a room cheap because it's sold in rolls that cover up to 3 doors for as low as $19.99.
Tip 2: Understand the difference between sound blocking and sound absorption
According to the dictionary, 'soundproof' literally means to insulate with the purpose of obstructing sound. In the soundproofing world, this general term is actually split into two separate technologies - sound blocking and sound absorption. Although many people assume they need to block sound in order to achieve success, an undiscovered truth is that sound absorption products often are the best way to soundproof a room cheap. The video below describes the difference between the two and is helpful in determining which budget soundproofing products to choose for your application.
Tip 3: Take a 'phased-in' approach
Beware of the many companies who are trying to sell their products simply to sell products. Many times, these companies will sell you on a whole slew of products you may not even need, simply in an effort to make money. At Audimute, we ourselves are musicians and know the value of effective budget soundproofing; as a result, we have taken the 'business' road less traveled by actually caring about your time and money. In recommending solutions, we always take a 'phased-in' approach and suggest you take the same philosophy when purchasing products. When trying to soundproof a room cheap, taking a 'phased-in' approach will help you stay on track and avoid purchasing excess products that you may not even need.
The video below shares even more tips about how to soundproof a room cheap. If you would like further recommendations regarding which budget soundproofing products to use in your specific application, give us a call or chat with us at www.audimutesoundproofing.com.
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As far as general Acoustic Treatment tips go:
If you have any other questions that aren't answered by the video above, feel free to give us a call at 866-505-6883 or visit our website at www.audimutesoundproofing.com.
At Audimute, we constantly receive questions regarding our products' performance, and we actually invite our customers to share their results with others - it's much better coming from you all than it is coming from us! We stand by our products' effectiveness and have the lab results and thousands of satisfied customers to prove it. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee stating that (based on our recommendations) customers will be satisfied with their results or will get their money back.
That's why we were surprised when browsing through Youtube to stumble across this video, uploaded by someone who compared Audimute Absorption Sheets to a pillow. The speaker strongly hints that the pillow is more effective than our Sheets at absorbing the sound coming from the phone.
Unfortunately, sound isn't this simple. The number of layers of sound absorption materials used as well as the amount of area covered both play a large part in how much sound is going to be absorbed. Sure, placing a 4" thick pillow over a phone is going to reduce a lot more noise than one thin layer of our Absorption Sheets. However, cover your entire room with Absorption Sheets (even in a single layer) and you will immediately notice the results. Add one more layer of Absorption Sheets and you'll have optimal absorption for almost ANY application - including studios, vocal booths, drum rooms and more. These last two scenarios represent cases in which our product would be used as we recommend it - the first scenario is simply not practical.
Now imagine covering your whole room with pillows...sure, pillows would probably work just fine as sound absorption materials (although professional lab results would be the ultimate test). Heck, tons of everyday household items can be used to absorb sound! But if you want to treat your space effectively, efficiently and affordably, professional sound absorption materials should be used.
First, Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets are manufactured with a special blend of cotton and cellulose - a blend that was made and remade, tested and retested, until finally we found the optimally effective combo. When rated in a professional acoustical laboratory, our Absorption Sheets achieved an impressive .7 NRC rating - one the best in the business. This means our Sheets are proven to absorb up to 70% of sound.
Secondly, our product is priced as one of the most affordable solutions out there. For as low as $20/sheet, you can create a room that cuts back as much as 70% of the echoes and reverb. One 7 pack of absorption sheets costs $165 and covers 168 sq.ft. To cover this same area with pillows (which usually measure around 2'x2'), you would need approximately 42 pillows. With pillows priced around $10/each, you would need to budget nearly 3 times more to treat the same space with pillows (which were not even created to be sound absorption materials). And good luck hanging pillows on your wall! Absorption Sheets are convenient because they can easily be hung and removed using MegaClips.
All in all, there are many reasons why using professional sound absorption materials over household items like pillows is worth it - if there weren't, people would never come to us for solutions! But when it comes down to it, we really do appreciate the feedback we are getting in terms of others testing our products and sharing their experiences. We will continue to use this feedback to help improve our service to our customers and to maintain the high level of excellence that they deserve. So please, keep the videos and comments coming!