Drums are loud! Whether you’re an amateur, professional, or somewhere in between, your drums will be loud, and there are plenty of options with a range of costs to help keep you practicing and jamming without driving your family, friends, and neighbours nuts!
The RocktheDrums studio was built over 1.5 years, and went through many stages of evolution. Finally, it is remarkably as “sound proofed” as is possible. The kits can be played full out at 3:00 a.m. and no one in neighbourhood would be the wiser; However, mistakes were made, wrong turns were taken, money was misspent, dead ends were travelled, but in the end, we got there. This space will be reserved for documenting the progress and failures of every step of that journey to the goal of creating a sound proofed room.
The first, the very first thing you need to do is contact the people who are in the business of soundproofing, tell them what you’re situation is, and want you to achieve. They’ll tell you if it’s doable, and what kind of budget you’re going to need to have. This process can, nay, is overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to reach out. I searched Google, read blogs, bought books, but at the end of the day, there’s no better way to understand this stuff than to connect with someone who knows his stuff. I highly recommend talking to the guys here and here before you purchase a single drywall screw for the unbelievable amount of drywall you’re about to find out you’re going to need 😉
This was the state of what would become RTD studios: this was the previous occupant’s man cave:
I had to turn that into this:
Over the next little while, I’ll keep posting how this transformation took place (and still is) with as many picture as I have…
I will be unveiling this as chronologically as possible, starting from the beginning (a couple of years ago), and working my way through to the present, and hopefully showing future plans, too! My goal is to assemble the body of potential solutions/advice/recommendations that didn’t seem to exist when I was slogging my way through this. I’m not saying there’s not great advice out there. There is an incredible amount of information out there, but wading through it, sorting it all out, and knowing which was “the” solution for me was a challenge. Now that I’ve done it and hear the results, it all kind of makes sense, but at the beginning and throughout the build, which I did mostly myself, I always felt like I had to take 3 steps forward, fall back 1, then 1 more, than crawl forward another…sometimes I don’t how I got through it!
However, for those of you in the middle, or ready/need to move on to a stage not yet posted, send me a note, and I’ll try my best to give you the answers ahead of time, as it were…or at the very least speed up the posting a bit..
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