Here at the SRU Insulation Ltd we receive many enquiries about music rehearsal rooms, drum studios and recording studios. Our moist popular enquiry is for drum rooms. Due to the nature of an acoustic drum kit, they tend to create a lot of airborne noise and also a lot of vibration due to the kick drum (Low Frequencies)
If you are a drummer, or maybe have a child or family member that has taken up playing drums at home or maybe you are a school music department with a drum room, how do you reduce the amount of noise that escapes the drum room and disturbs other people?
SRU Insulation Ltd have worked with many clients and installers to create the perfect recording and rehearsal studios studio’s.
How to Build a Drum Studio. Simple guidance for creating a Music Studio.
Find the Right Location
The first consideration when contemplating building a studio is where to build it. Think amount nearby neighbours access to your new studio is important.
Create Light – Acoustic Windows
Most drummers are concerned about noise leakage through windows. Having natural light creates a nice place to work and rehearse in. A simple acoustic window system will not only let natural light in but also minimise noise breakout.
For Drum Studios we always advise a two door system. Acoustic door can easily be made by adding Acoustic membrane to heavy doors. Acoustic perimeter seals and Acoustic drop down seals must also be added to create a perfect seal around doors.
Ventilation – The need to breath
With all of the windows and doors sealed and walls, ceilings and floor airtight, there is the small issue of how you're going to breathe. In most cases ventilation is the last thing thought of in the design stage of any studio, but it’s actually one of the most important factors that need to be considered. A simple Acoustic Ventilation system can be installed to circulate fresh air within the studio.
Room within a Room
Creating a room within a room is the most common construction when designing a music studio. Floating the new acoustic floor off acoustic cradles, rubber isolation pads are commonly used on floors. Independent walls and ceilings with sound insulation, decoupling sound isolation clips , acoustic membranes, green glue and high density acoustic plasterboards are also commonly used for all levels of studios.
The most common mistake made in any studio build is cutting holes for plug sockets into the new soundproofed walls. This will allow noise leakage and must be avoided. Keep all electrics surface mounted where possible to eliminate any noise breakout through holes created in walls.
A good rule of thumb is to add around 30% of Acoustic treatment to your new studio for a high level of sound absorption. A good quality drum carpet will also minimise reflection if a hard wood is installed.