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Best Cheap Sound Insulator?  
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

Me and a few buddies of mine are looking at collaborating on recording ideas and passing them back and forth until we have our ideas developed into songs. Trouble is, our recording studio consists of my dorm room, and theirs, and well you know how thin dorm walls can be.

So does anybody know what I could use as a really cheap sound insulator?

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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

egg cartons..., or rolled up carpet

Studios have been using them for years

J


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Lots and lots of blankets and cusions? If your going to be playing loud, everyone is still going to hear it, but materials like that should help. You'll need a $hitload of material, though, and it may be too expensive.

Harry



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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

How about foam...that deadens the sound and doesn't cost all that much.

XJR



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User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

Foamboard insulation is probably your best bet. Ideally, two layers on all surfaces, with a small gap inbetween. It is generally rather cheap (since it is mediocre insulation), but still has good sound deadening capabilities. Try to avoid mylar coated foam, as it will reflect noise, making it more difficult to obtain a clear recording.


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

Also try to avoid torching your room a la that nightclub in Argentina.


LY744.



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1220 times:

To be fair, our recording isn't extremely loud, what is is my vocal. Whether or not I want the whole hall hearing my vocal without any music behind it is something I don't really want to risk  Nuts

User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

If you are going to perform this stuff...you shouldn't have to worry about people hearing you down the hall. But if you want privacy, does your college have music rooms? They are generally outfitted with that protective layer that you are desiring.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Well here's the funny thing. Music rooms are in one hall, recording equipment is at the radio station in the campus union building.


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