Once you’ve built your soundproof room–your “room within a room” (RWAR), or whatever solution you’ve decided for your needs, you might notice that the sound that’s staying in the room isn’t so great: you might have standing waves, reflections, etc. This is where sound or acoustic treatment comes in…enter the egg carton, foam-walled look! Yes, finally a use for those egg cartons (or their commercially manufactured studio-grade, much more expensive cousins). I can’t tell you the amount of people who thought that hanging egg cartons on the their walls would “sound proof” their drum rooms–put some egg cartons on the walls of your condo, and play at 4:00 a.m. and see how long it takes for the police to arrive. However, until building the RTD studio, I wasn’t too sure myself because this egg-carton sound “proofing” story is everywhere. It wasn’t until I consulted with soundproofing experts, and more experts, and then acoustics experts, that I realized that sound proofing and acoustic treatments were two separate but equally important stages to building a studio.
This space will be reserved for documenting the past and ongoing project to make the RocktheDrums studio, which is sound proofed (Yippie!), sound much better.
RTD studios is currently undergoing a facelift of sorts to install the final piece to the acoustic treatment puzzle, diffusers. However, before I even got to know the term, “diffusion,” or care what a “polycylindrical diffusor” is, let alone be in the market for some, I had one more immediate issue, standing waves, and big ones, too! The next post will detail my issue with standing waves, and the two phases of bass traps I went through: the homemade solution and the retail solution…
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