How do you cheaply soundproof a small 8′ x 6′ x 10′ room for recording music?

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Recording a CD
by Brian Sahagun

Question by Bob B: How do you cheaply soundproof a small 8′ x 6′ x 10′ room for recording music?
I’m going to record a CD with my band in about a month, and we have everything, and since we’re teens, we’re on a budget. I have a small closetish room that we want to transform. It’s 8′ wide and 6′ deep and 10′ tall. Any ideas?

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Answer by Kab
Soundproofing is not cheap.
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Unless you are going to do a lot of recording, it may be cheaper to rent a studio.
Good Luck

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3 Responses to “How do you cheaply soundproof a small 8′ x 6′ x 10′ room for recording music?”

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    1 Finger Willy Says:

    did it back in the 80s, doesn’t actually soundproof but it will cut it down and get your acoustics a lot better for recording, hit the restaurant’s, especially the breakfast joints, egg cartons my friend, sure they’ll give them to you if you ask, the big cardboard ones not the litlte 12 count styrofoam ones

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    mintchip49 Says:

    You could hang rugs, but it will deaden the sound quite a bit. If you mike your instruments closely you may not have too much of a problem. If you are not acoustic but are playing through amps, that room is very small. You will not hear much outside sound then. I need more information. What are the instruments and what are the walls made from? Is it sheet rock, cement, metal? They all effect the sound differently. Is the room very “live” sounding where the sound bounces off the walls or is it dead where the sound is absorbed? The ceiling seem a bit high. You may need to tent it a bit. Can you post more information?

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    Saul Says:

    1. Record your instruments in isolation – this will make sure you don’t suffer mic bleed, and will give you a cleaner mix. It’s not easy to play along to headhpones, but its a crucial technique if you want A) a tight sound (both live and in the studio) and B) a good mix.

    2. Dampen your kick – ie a pillow or whatever.

    3. Bass collects in the corners – anything from insulation to rolled up carpet in the corners will help keep this to a minimum. Carpet or rugs on the floor. You can experiment with hanging blankets or whatever on the walls, but as the other answerer said the ceiling is a little high… if you can hang a blanket from the ceiling, ie lower the ceiling by even a foot, it’ll help.

    4. Have every instrument turn down their bass control by 2-3 notches. Ignore them when they bitch. In a small room, your biggest single issue at even moderate volumes is overwhelming everything with your bass frequencies. Guitars are infamous for mudding up the mix with their bass – you especially want to cut a guitar’s bass frequencies when recording. Guitarists tend to not like this, but most don’t understand that the tone that sounds good when they’re home jamming by themselves is *not* the tone that will sound good in the mix.

    5. Use as few mics as possible for your drum kit.I would recommend one on the kick and two overheads… ideally I would only use two. My preferred method when I have the luxury is to walk around the room while the drummer is playing and find the “sweet spot” where it sounds good – and put two microphones in an x-y right there, at that height, in that direction. Helps if the room is halfway decent for recording…. keep in mind that Led Zeppelin did something like this too…. on the track “When the Levee Breaks” they actually recorded the drums from down the hall!

    Saul

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