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How to Soundproof a Room for Music

//How to Soundproof a Room for Music
How to Soundproof a Room for Music2019-07-26T19:30:42+00:00

Home recording studio design is a continuous battle between noise creation and cancellation. You can spend a lot of money and time getting the right equipment to pick up every note, then a lot more energy on soundproofing a room for recording to block unwanted sound. If you’re not soundproofing windows though, noise is coming in, and your equipment is going to pick that up.

 
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Enter Indow® window inserts, which:

  • Reduce outside noise
  • Let you be as loud as you want
  • Don’t permanently modify your recording studio or home
 

All this, and they are super easy to install and remove (seriously, 10 minutes to put in). 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 a roof for recording 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 home recording studio. 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.”

 
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Decibal Reduction
 

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.

 
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Window Inserts + Sound Panels

As you could see in Bruce’s video, he had lots of sound panels around already, but that didn’t stop his neighbor’s noise from coming right into his home recording studio. When you soundproof a room for recording, but don’t soundproof 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 actually blocks sound better than standard window glass. Glass reverberates and reflects sound where acrylic blocks and absorbs. Soundproofing for home studio means every surface area should be able to control reflection and reverberation of sound. Adding a layer of acrylic to the interior of your window doesn’t just help soundproof a window, it helps with sound absorption.

 

How to Soundproof a Room for Audio Recording

  • Soundproof by blocking noise from entering
  • Let light in while blocking sound - you can't record in the dark
  • Don't sealing 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.

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*Note, overall noise reduction performance depends on how much noise is coming through walls, ceilings, floor, and doors. The window noise reduction will be less when Indow inserts are placed over double-pane windows. We do not recommend Indow inserts for reducing noise coming through laminated glass windows, triple pane windows, or hurricane windows.

 
 
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