Hit the Floor Running
In his book Home Recording Studio: Build It Like the Pros (Cengage), Rod Gervais explains that no room is completely soundproof. All you can really do is minimize sound transmission by decoupling the structures, sealing any and all gaps, and being sure that your surfaces—walls, ceilings, floor, doors—resonate at little as possible (and at as low a frequency as possible).
Cheap to do? No. But it’s not outrageously expensive, either.
My room is being designed for tracking and rehearsing, rather than, say, mixing. Consequently, I’m working toward a space that is pleasing to play and record in—one that maintains a high level of isolation from the outside while keeping the sound of the drums and amps from annoying the rest of the house as well as the neighbors. So rather than spend the money on acoustical treatment once the room is built, I’m investing in the structural aspects. If you’ve looked into the cost of high-quality acoustical treatment, you know that it’s pricey, and treating a room adequately can begin to feel like a remodel once you get the bill. more
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