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How to Create the Perfect Music Room?

If you are a big fan of music and constantly dream about recording your own sound, or maybe you have a child who is getting into playing an instrument and looking for a space nearby to jam with their band, then why not create your very own music room in your home?

When properly designed, a music room can be the perfect haven for all music fans, and provide the ideal space for unprecedented sound. As easy as the concept of a music room may sound, it normally requires an experienced designer to be able to create the perfect space that creates an immaculate sound. However, understanding the basic principles of creating a music room such as selecting the perfect space and soundproofing the room can put you on the right track to designing your very own.

So if you are contemplating creating a music room in your home, here are some very easy to follow steps to consider:

First things first, you need to have a good idea of what the purpose of this room is. For example, do you want a room to just jam with your band in or are you looking to create a recording studio. I know that you may be thinking, what is the difference? Well, the setup of both rooms require slightly different fittings and the design process alters a little. Many of the set up processes are the same, but don’t worry, I will clarify on the differences and what you need to do for both.

Picking a Room

When picking the perfect room for your music haven, there are a few things to consider:

-          Dimensions and layout

-          Location in the house

-          Lighting

Room Dimensions

First of all, the dimensions of the room play a huge role in the quality of your sound. When music is played, the walls of the room tend to vibrate at certain frequencies, often altering the overall quality of your music. If the walls vibrate excessively, the sound will seem fuzzy and blurred. This is an extremely important aspect to consider if you are looking to create your very own studio.

To intercept the vibrations and prevent noise interference from the walls, I would recommend laying 5-8 inch wallboards, thickened with a coat of plaster to ensure that the walls are deeper, thus absorbing more sound and letting less noise bounce back from them.

Location

Second of all, you need to take into consideration the noise leakage towards the rest of the household. I am guessing that if you live with a partner or family members, they won’t be best pleased to hear loud music 24 hours a day.

Now clearly not every household has the option of more than one spare room, but if you do, I would recommend having the music room located either on the bottom floor or in the basement of your property. This is to ensure that the noise is made as far away as possible from the main living areas of your house.

Letting in the Light

Taking this into consideration, unless you like working in a dark space, I would suggest finding a space that has sufficient natural lighting; you will find that the natural light creates a finer atmosphere and opens up your mind to creativity. You may be thinking, but won’t this create more noise leakage? Don’t worry, I will move onto sound proofing your windows later in the article.

Space

Now it may seem obvious, but it is important you consider what space you will need in order to make the most out of your room. When creating a band room for casual play, think about what instruments are going to be used. For example, is there a drum set? How many band members do you have? The last thing anybody wants is to be squashed in and not be able to rock out when they are jamming.

In terms of creating a studio, you need to take into account the space needed for the sound equipment, i.e. height of the mic, room for recording equipment and production fittings. You also have to take into consideration the fact that this room is going to need a lot more isolation than a generic band room would, due to the fact it will need complete silence.

Soundproofing

Now you have picked the perfect room taking into account all of the previous factors, it’s time to start soundproofing. One thing to consider is whether you have got enough space in the room after you have finished soundproofing it, after all, a music room is said to be “a room inside a room”, due to the thickness of the proofing needed.

Walls and Ceiling

First things first, getting the walls proofed efficiently. The most effective way to go about this is to build an internal wall of high density concrete bricks adjacent to the existing walls, mounted on thin neoprene so that the blocks aren’t laying directly on the floor. This would create a two layered wall in which the sound would find it harder to travel through. If this isn’t possible, soundproofing compound can be used on your already existing walls. This glue like substances converts sound waves into heat energy, consequently absorbing the excess noise. This is fairly simple to do and is applied like a paint on the wall and ceiling.

Another way is to use two layers of acoustic plasterboard mounted on top of 50mm thick insulation, joined to the existing wall using cement or plaster.

Floors

It is important to not forget the floors, even if you are on basement level. The flooring is maybe the easiest part of soundproofing, and can be done in two ways. One way is to lay down more carpet in order to absorb the sound and another more effective method is to use soundproofing mats which go beneath your existing carpet.

Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are room features which tend to have a lot of room for sound leakage. This can be simply fixed by using sheet block materials to fill in the gaps. In terms of your windows, you can buy specially made acoustic glazing to fit over the existing window panel to drown out the leaking sound.

Ventilation

Now the basics of your room are fully sound proofed, it is important to remember that you need to breath! It is vital that you include an inlet and outlet fan, spaced evenly apart. You may be thinking, but surely this will let out the sound. Well, not if you build an acoustic box. Using MDF, build an S shaped duct within a rectangular box, lined with acoustic foam and place over the ventilation gaps. This will help trap the noise in whilst letting in the air.

 

There you have it, the basics to creating the perfect music room for you and your band. Now it is just time to figure out exactly how you are going to lay it out. Remember to take into consideration where the plug sockets are in terms of instruments or equipment needing electricity. I would recommend producing a floor plan before throwing all of your equipment in.