If you are looking to get effective soundproofing for walls, or maybe want soundproof ceilings then many people search for soundproof foam.
Unfortunately such a product doesn’t actually work because soundproofing (or better described as sound insulation) performance is always a property related to the weight or density of the material. Heavy, solid constructions such as 6 feet of concrete work very well, but take up lots of space and are rarely practical to install.
Acoustic foam, or acoustic egg boxes are not soundproofing. SRS have a perfect alternative for soundproofing walls or ceilings, a board called Maxiboard that can offer dramatic performance without the loss of space that traditional materials would incur. Maxiboard is very heavy, it’s also very rigid too and our customers use it to create high performance soundproof walls and soundproof ceilings that still maximise the space in the rooms it is used in.
Maxiboard is frequently used in many home studios where performance and space is always at a premium. Ultimately, Maxiboard can be used to create a soundproof box that will contain noise from the walls, ceilings and floors so that musicians can practice and record without causing disruption to their neighbours. Maxiboard is a very good way to avoid being a noisy neighbour.
Acoustic foams are frequently used in home studios, but not for soundproofing. Acoustic foams are used to control reverberation or echo to make the studio sound more pleasant. It is very easy to use digital signal processing software to add reverberation, but it can’t be removed easily so it is recommended to make recordings in as anechoic a space as possible. Acoustic foams tend to have a very functional appearance, usually black or dark grey, if they resemble egg boxes then this is usually to give a greater surface area. More aesthetically pleasing are the Sonata Studio absorbers which combine high performance acoustic foam with a hard wearing and colourful fabric finishes that give a much more professional atmosphere to work in. Sonata Studio absorbers have been used to great success in a range of different projects, you might find our case study of a school near us in Bolton interesting if you’re considering the acoustics of a studio yourself.
For most home studios, usually created in a spare bedroom, garage or shed, we recommend you aim to add an area of absorptive panels that is equal to between a half to two thirds of the area of the ceiling as a rough rule of thumb. This will give an appreciable improvement without being too costly.
For larger spaces, such as reverberant school halls, we recommend allowing us to help you by letting us calculate the optimum amount of acoustic absorption required by using our three step estimator.
For free advice on any situation where acoustic products are required please contact our friendly, qualified technical team on 01024 380074 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org