How to Soundproof a Room for Music

Home recording studio soundproofing is a continuous battle between noise creation and cancellation. If you are soundproofing a room for music and not adding recording studio windows, noise is coming in, and your sensitive equipment is going to pick that up. Soundproof studio windows stop noise before it enters your space.

indow window soundproofing a room for music

Enter Indow® window inserts, which:

  • Soundproof studio windows by reducing outside noise
  • Let you be as loud as you want
  • Don’t permanently modify your recording studio or home

Soundproofing a room for music is easy with Indow inserts because you can install and remove them in minutes. Because they are laser measured to fit, each custom window insert fits perfectly, backed by our Snug Fit Guarantee. Once built, they just push into your window frame. Indow inserts provide soundproofing for a recording studio window by creating an insulating layer (via an extra layer of acrylic & a dead air space) against outside sound and temperatures.

Recording in Silence

Ryan Bruce, owner of Riffs, Bears, & Gear YouTube channel needed soundproofing for his recording studio window. He put in one Indow window insert and it fixed a big problem he was facing:

“The sound level in here is dead silent,” says Bruce. That’s not going to happen 100% of the time (you never know when a parade will come down your street), but these window inserts are going to greatly reduce the amount of noise coming into your home recording studio most of the time.”

Decibel Reduction & Soundproofing a Room for Recording

We’ve done studies on our Acoustic Grade window inserts. We know that our window inserts reduce outside noise up to 50% when placed with operable double-pane windows, and up to 70% when placed with operable single pane windows.* Similarly, our acoustic window inserts reduce noise by 18.9 dBA when used with single-pane windows and Indow Standard Grade window inserts reduce noise by 10-12 dBA when used with single-pane windows.

That can make a huge difference when using sensitive recording equipment.


Diagram of Acoustic window inserts with single-pane windows. Reduce noise by 70%.



Diagram of Acoustic window inserts with double-pane windows. Reduce noise by up to 50%.


Window Inserts + Sound Panels

As you could see in Bruce’s video, he had lots of sound panels already, but that didn’t stop his neighbor’s noise from coming right through his recording studio window. When you add home recording studio soundproofing, but don’t soundproof your recording studio windows, you are leaving a hole for sound to travel through. Sound panels +soundproof window inserts: it’s an acoustic treatment package.

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Acrylic vs Glass

Indow window inserts are made from acrylic, which blocks sound better than standard window glass. Glass reverberates and reflects sound where acrylic blocks and absorbs. Soundproofing a room for recording means every surface area should be able to control reflection and reverberation of sound. So, when asking how to soundproof a room for music, know adding a layer of acrylic to the inside of your window helps to soundproof a window and with sound absorption throughout the room.

How to Soundproof a Room for Music

  • Soundproof by blocking noise from entering
  • Let light in while blocking sound - you can't record in the dark
  • Don't seal out all the air - you still need to breath
  • Stop reverberation and reflection of sound by covering all surfaces with sound-absorbing materials
  • Don't forget the windows - windows reverberate sound and need to be covered in sound-absorbing material as well
  • Keep testing and improving - every space is unique, find what works for yours

Window inserts add a new layer of control to your recording environment: through noise reduction, temperature control, and a whole lot more. You can read and watch more about our acoustic window inserts and all our window inserts.

Want to know more about how to soundproof a room for music? Connect with us for a free consultation.

Customer Reviews


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cynthia g

Great product, well made. Helpful staff and great communication



The window fits perfectly and was easy enough to install by myself. It unfortunately does not reduce much noise, if any at all, from outside, that might be something for the more premium versions. I have noticed that it does help keep in warmth however which is nice.


Laura K

They are wonderful and are keeping out the cold air this fall!


Travis P

I love my Indow inserts! The installation was very simple and the Indow team helped me the entire way. I live near a busy road, an interstate, and an airport. Although not unbearable the noise from those aforementioned sources was noticeable (key word "was" :) ). I am so glad I found Indow because their inserts were affordable, not permanent, and easy to install. The Indow inserts significantly reduced the noise! I don't have official measurements but I'd say the inserts cut down at least 50% of the noise which is a huge improvement!


Imogene S

I am a 78-year-old woman and the windows in question are above two sliding glass doors. All 4 are almost 3'x4' in size. I had absolutely no problem ordering and installing them myself. The Indow rep I worked with initially answered all my questions. Indow helped all the way with the measurements, delivered the indows early, and provided detailed instructions on their installation. My only advice to potential customers is to measure thrice and order once. The key to successful inserts is a perfect fit - with the Indow-supplied laser, you can do it!


Tony H

Great quality & service. Inserts are a good fit. Will be able to give better feedback after we have been hit by severe winter weather.


Rex R

Great product, fit and finish was high quality. The difference of road noise was amazing. I rarel. Hear vehicles any more. Before it sounded like they were going to drive theough the wondow. Great invention!


Sally B

The inserts weren’t too difficult to place and have made a huge difference in reducing outside highway noise. Love that they are barely noticeable once in place so don’t detract from the window view or appearance at all.



Wow! A company that is honest and transparent about their terrific product. Thank you! Received my window inserts this morning. They work well cutting road noise dramatically. Easy to install. But most of all doing business with them has been an uplifting pleasure. Warms my heart to see honest,dedicated people making the world a more peaceful place!


Carol K

From start to finish, working with Indows has been a great experience. They made sure that the measurements I took were accurate so that the finished product fit perfectly. The Indows, definitely reduce the sound out on the street. In a small guest room inn our Inn in San Francisco, the need to open the window and air out rooms is a necessity so we will see how suitable the inserts are in the long run.


Mary B

I am very grateful to have found and purchased Indow dor several problematic windows in my 1909 house. Wanting to retain the stained and other leaded design windows but making them more weather efficient, Indows solved the problem. I just popped them in and viola! Service was also terrific. I do have to adjust the seal occasionally on one of the picture windows but it is no problem.


Miriam L

Our 9-pane living room window was letting cold air in, so we purchases 9 Indow Window panels. They were fairly easy to install and have held up for a few years now. They make a huge difference in comfort in the living room. Great idea you had there!


Sam P

The ordering process was smooth and easy. Window arrive we'll packed and clean. Installation was easy but the safety chains make no sense.


Tamara S

I work five nights a week and keep night hours on my days off, so having a pitch-black room is essential to my health and happiness. After reading some reviews I settled on the Indow sleep panels. My house was built in 1901. I have two bedroom windows that are about 6' tall and 3' wide. From the time I got in touch with Indow, through the measuring process, through the production and delivery of my inserts I felt like they were supportive. Reading the installation guide before their arrival was essential in preparing me for the process. I knew I'd need to install window brackets with a power drill and that unboxing the inserts might be a bit of a chore. This made the installation process smooth which I greatly appreciated. The inserts arrived a few hours after I'd worked through the night, so I was ready to get them installed in short order and get to sleep at a reasonable hour that day. As to their efficacy, the panels block all the light. The sound dampening isn't powerful, but I knew that going in as well. The inserts need to sit 4" from the glass for the full dampening effect and mine can only sit at about 2". There is a dampening effect, just not at the 50% noise reduction that they're capable of. The delivery service that shipped to my house didn't call to schedule the delivery as the instructions said they would. That's the only thing that didn't go according to plan, but I was home so it worked out. Other than that one thing, the panels perform as I hoped they would. I'm grateful for my dark room and my consistent deep sleep because of them. I would work with Indow again in the future.


Gregory B

We love our new inserts. All nine fit perfectly in our varied windows and now we can enjoy a warmer and quieter winter. Indow was fantastic to work with through the entire process. Thank you, Indow!


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