How To Soundproof a Drum Room
You dream about owning a soundproof drum room, a little slice of drum heaven where you can practice at full volume, alone or with the band, without irritating the neighbors. Yet you continue to pound away in loud, bad-sounding basements and garages because you don’t know the facts: you think that soundproofing is expensive. That it requires construction. That soundproofing is hard. The great news for drummers like you and your neighbors is that making a soundproof drum room can be much easier and much cheaper than you think.
Soundproofing for Drums vs. Sound Absorption
A completely soundproof drum room lets out no sound, period. Building a drum room that is fully soundproof is a big, expensive job. It can be done, and if you’re set on truly soundproofing a practice room (drums or otherwise), Audimute has the 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 soundproofing. Because of the way our ears perceive sound, a “soundproof 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 if you’re soundproofing a practice room. Drums can sound a whole lot better inside and a whole lot quieter outside the practice space with just a couple of simple steps.
Step 1: Sound Absorption Sheets
The least expensive way to stop loud music from leaving its intended space is to add sound-absorbing material to the walls. If you use the right product, such as Audimute’s Absorption Sheets, even heavy metal band practice won’t bother the neighbors.
The absorption sheets, which attach easily to the wall with a hanging clip, clean up the sound and may reduce sound levels by up to 60 percent. Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets have an impressive NRC (noise reduction coefficient) rating of .85. They use all-natural, environmentally friendly materials, rather than fiberglass or foam, to reduce sound effectively and economically.
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.
- Use a flashlight or feel for airflow in the seams and cracks of doors, windows, and walls.
- Apply a good acoustic seal to the door sweep and sealing areas. Audimute Acoustic Door Sweeps and Acoustic Door Seals close up these trouble areas, keeping sound in.
- Seal seams and other obvious gaps with caulk or tape.
Step 3: Next Steps for a Soundproof Drum Room
With absorption products in place and air leaks minimized, the practice space will function more like a soundproof drum room. Care to take it to the next level?
- Isolate walls, floors, and ceilings.
- Install sound blocking material, like Audimute Peacemaker.
- Refine the interior acoustics for great recordings.
Audimute has the right products and advice to help you with soundproofing or building a drum room. Call (866)505-6883 to talk to a friendly, knowledgeable expert, or chat with us via live chat.