There were about 173,000 people working as musicians in 2014. About two out of every five musicians is self-employed, which means they sometimes may need to seek interesting accommodations to make their music. It may not always be feasible to head into a recording studio, and even less so for practice sessions.
But how can one go about honing their craft if it is likely to disturb the neighbors? For those musicians who work from home, sound insulation panels might be just the thing to help them keep the neighbors happy. Even better, decorative ceiling clouds can do double duty by absorbing sound without being obtrusive.
What Do Musicians Need to Do to Make a Home Studio?
There are a few obvious things a musician needs to practice at home. Their musical instruments obviously are key, as are time, and a little bit of space. The key feature to remember though is to have appropriate soundproofing in place. If you want to soundproof a room, there are four methods that can help you.
1. Adding Mass. This is self-explanatory, in that you could add mass to help slow and absorb the sound waves. The potential problem with this method is that it can be expensive and take up quite a bit of space. It can also be time-intensive implementing.
2. Damping. This method relies on adding thick rubber to the walls and ceiling so as to absorb some of the vibrations from the sound waves.
3. Decoupling. Soundproof wall panels work by reducing sound waves, so reducing the vibrations can help. This method attempts to separate the two sides of a structure or wall so that they do not vibrate at the same time, thereby reducing the sound waves and the resulting noise. This is similar to a sort of room-within-a-room effect.
4. Filling Air Gaps. While this method seems logical, it is rife with potential problems. Filling the gap between studs with a special foam or sealant is not enough to significantly lessen the sound.
Most People Don’t Have the Space For a Dedicated Music Room.
The above methods for soundproofing walls rely on space. Specifically, the ability to soundproof one small area effectively. For those people with smaller homes, or those who are simply short on extra rooms, there are of course other options.
Soundproofing doesn’t have to be unsightly. Decorative ceiling clouds can be an attractive alternative. The way they work is by capturing and converting sound waves at two points. Having decorative ceiling clouds instead of other methods is also preferably for those musicians who are unable to significantly alter their living space.
Whether you choose to add mass or use decorative ceiling clouds, soundproofing is a must for any home musician. Your practice time shouldn’t suffer due to consideration for your neighbors. Depending on your situation, one type of soundproofing may prove to be better than another. Remember, some forms are not easy to remove, so plan carefully.