Got yourself a bedroom studio? looking for ways to treat your room to mix master and to work efficiently? Here is your opportunity to do that. In this article, I am going to show you guys how to treat your room with a minimum investment of 1000$. This is not a fluff guide with words. This guide has actually actionable steps for you to understand and implement sound treatment in your bedroom studio. This guide is all you need!!
The aspects of a room you should be paying attention to are ,
before we start to look at how to soundproof/treat your bedroom studio, there are few things you should consider. Let’s look at these terms,
Sound Transmission Class
Sound transmission class is nothing but an integer that determines the sound transmitting capability of a wall, floor, ceiling, and door.
here is a chart for you to understand how the rating of your wall to muffle or absorb the sound.
|STC Value||What is audible?|
|25||Normal speech can be understood|
|30||only loud speech can be understood|
|35||Loud speech is audible but cant be perceived|
|40||Loud speech heard as a murmur|
|45||Loud speech heard but not audible|
|50||Loud speech faintly heard|
From the above table, you will see that we are talking about soundproofing instead of sound treatment, this is because of the fact that even if you sound treat your room right if it has ability to spoil your recordings from outside noise then, its waste to even invest in sound treatment. When you sound treat your room, always soundproof it as well.
According to STC Rating, we need “Double layer of 1/2″ drywall on each side, on a wood stud wall, resilient channels on one side, batt insulation” to get 60 STC Value.
The materials we are going to discuss will provide you with almost 60 STC Rating. So let’s get started.
The best way to treat a wall is to add layers to it. This might be hard if you are renting an apartment. You can surely get around this by some smart moves. The recommended way to do this is by using two kinds of sound treating/proofing materials called Big biscuits (named by me).
These big biscuits are nothing but 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide wooden frames filled with drywall material and sometimes sound Dampening materials. They are 5 to 7 inches thick. Now you might understand why I called them big biscuits. Lol.
The advantage of having these instead of breaking down the walls and padding them is because of the sound dampening capability of the drywall layers. Sound dampening is nothing but stopping the reflections to occur in the bedroom studio.
Instead of adding one inch to every nook and corner to the wall, you can add two-three big biscuits in the first and second reflection of sound.
What’s first reflection of sound?
The first reflection is nothing but the actual sound bouncing on a surface and reaching the listener’s ears. The power of the sound wave will decrease as the reflections start to increase in number.
We are using the big biscuits to absorb the sound instead of bouncing them.
Let’s look at these so called biscuits first.
For people who are wondering the actual name of the product it’s called acoustic panel.
Next we have to address the corners in our room. This is the place where the bass tends to get accumulated resulting in booming sound. One of the effective ways to get rid of this is by using bass traps (starchips) named by me.
Let’s see how star-chip(bass traps) look like.
There are lots of brands selling these materials but most of them are fake that’s why I always recommend you buy from Zzsounds. These guys have the premium quality materials. One more amazing thing about them is that they offer the lowest prices in the market with a 30-day return policy. Cool isn’t it?
Here is a bundle that I have used and recommend,
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The floor is another huge surface that has to be treated as well. If you don’t have a carpet you have to stack up at least two layers or get a thicker one to dampen most of the sounds. Another way to do this is by using materials that are available in the room. If you are going to purchase a chair, buy a wooden one.
If you are going to purchase a couch, make sure it comes with sound dampening materials. Having one or more sound-absorbing materials will help in sound treating the room Properly. Eliminate every metal furniture that you have in your bedroom studio. Replace desks with wooden desks.
If you have done all the above you don’t have to worry too much about anything else.
It’s a hard time to ignore the ceiling when it covers as much as the area just like the floor. There are a lot of ways people tell you to sound treat a ceiling. The best method that works like a charm is adding a false ceiling of 3 to 4 inches and stuffing it with drywall material. Any other method would result in costing your 100s of dollars.
I may have not helped you guys much with the ceiling, but I will show you as much as I can in sound treating and soundproofing a door. I struggled with this a lot but the solutions I found were really helpful.
Solid core door
If you have a hollow door, Bruh changes that thing into a solid core door. It might cost you at first, but the insulation of sound that solid wooden doors provide is second to none. The advantage of these solid doors, when compared to hollow doors, is that hollow doors tend to allow the sounds to pass through and even cause vibrations and unwanted noises.
These 4$ things go at the bottom of the door. They stop the sound from leaking as well as entering in. Even if the gap is so small say 2 mm, just add a door sweep. Reaching that perfect sound treatment as well as soundproofing might take a few small steps but it’s not hard to achieve.
I have stress on this one. Air conditioning is only in my bedroom which I’m using as my studio, so the moment I added the weather sealing to doors the changes I saw in the efficiency of the air conditioner was just amazing. Well, it’s not just for weather sealing it also acts as a soundproofing/treating material to block sound leaking.
Finally, the biscuit treatment, if you are worried about the door add a biscuit I mean acoustic panel on the inner side if possible add on both sides. That’s should do the trick.
Sound treatment for your bedroom studio is a one-time thing, if you are going to invest money into this, go all in. The best way to do this is by investing in a soundproofing kit from zzsounds .
This is the hardest part to actually sound treat. I had two large windows in my studio bedroom but I wasn’t using them at all. I figured you know what, let’s close these windows and removed the windows from the room itself. If you are not in a position to do this then install double-layered fiberglass along with weather sealing. This will cut off most of the noises.
What is soundproofing?
Soundproofing is nothing but isolating a particular space from the outside environment so that sound waves can’t travel both inside and outside.
What is sound treatment?
Reduction of weird artifacts in a room by removing the reverbs, and reflections to deaden the sound is called sound treatment.
What is an acoustic panel?
These are panels made or sound-absorbing and sound diffusing materials used in studio or room sound treatments.
Why you should not use 2×2 foam panels?
You might have seen these everywhere. It’s because you can get it for cheap. But does it actually work? The answer is a big No.
They reduce the high end and lower the reverbs. They are not made for sound treating a room for mixing and mastering.
What is the best material for sound proofing?
The best and cheap material for soundproofing is a dry wall. It can also act as a sound treating material.
How can I soundproof a room cheap?
By using the amazing acoustic panels from Zzsounds. They offer the lowest price on the market. They have a 30-day return policy as well.
How is sound proofing measured?
Soundproofing is measured in Db(decibel). The higher the decibel the louder the sound. The lower the decibel the lower the sound.
Do acoustic panels keep sound out?
Yes, they are made of similar material that is used in sound treating rooms. They keep the sound out.
What fabric absorbs sound?
If you are looking at household fabrics, anything that’s soft and has density to it says leather will dampen the sound.
What household items can I use to soundproof a room?
Rugs, carpets, and all kinds of Clothing materials can be used to soundproof a room. They are most effective when compared to other household items.
How do you completely soundproof a room?
Adding 1/2″ Of dry wall on both inside nd outside will completely sound proof a room.
What can I put on walls to absorb sounds?
You can use acoustic panels that absorb sounds.
How can I soundproof my room from outside noise?
Yes you can. By using sound isolation materials on both sides of the wall.
How can I soundproof a room for gaming?
Same way as how you soundproof for music production.
If you intimidated by all these dont worry start by using a studio monitor headset,you can always upgrade later.
if you are looking for condenser microphone check my article here
Nothing can stop you if you put your heart into something and make the investment.