#1
*Okay well first off i wasn't really sure which section to put this in so i just decided to put it here. Sorry if it is in the wrong place =/
So i have band and we want to practice in my garage, butttt we dont want the neighbors complaining or calling the cops or anything so i'm curious of the various ways i could soundproof my garage walls WITHOUT having to do any construction. Im looking for cheap, simple ways to achieve this. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated, thanks
#2
Spend thousands of dollars on soundproofing equipment.

Uhh.. stick mattresses against the wall, hang blankets from the ceiling an inch away from the wall, completely cover the wall with egg cartons, put lots of clothes and soft thick things everywhere, turn your amps down and give the drummer dampeners to put on his drums.

EDIT: If theres any windows in the garage focus on them.
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lots of egg cartons on the walls
carpet on the walls
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Spend thousands of dollars on soundproofing equipment.

Uhh.. stick mattresses against the wall, hang blankets from the ceiling an inch away from the wall, completely cover the wall with egg cartons, put lots of clothes and soft thick things everywhere, turn your amps down and give the drummer dampeners to put on his drums.


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#5
You'll never soundPROOF it, the best you can do is dampen the sound. Thick fabric all around the walls, egg carton type material, that sort of thing, on the cheap.

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#6
like hang curtains and put up pointy foam on the walls and damnpen the drummers drums
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#7
The walls are probably not the main area of sound leak you will have. Depending on the material of course.

The garage door and any windows would be the largest leaks. I would look at getting some insulating foam like this Or I guess just going to town with blankets, couch cushions; anything that will absorb a lot of sound.

Carpeting on the floors or some sort of sound absorber on the ceiling can also help to stop a lot sound from bouncing around inside of the garage.
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thanks alot so far guys. and yea, i didnt mean completely soundPROOF it, i meant just dampen the sound like you guys mentioned.
#9
Egg cartons won't really sound proof anything. They are mostly used to improve the acoustics in the room.
EDIT: Use lots of heavy blankets, matresses and anything else that is thick and made of fabric/foam/anything similar.

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#10
Yea I would buy alot of foam and wrap it in blankets and just cover your garage wall with it. No matter what you do theres still gonna be SOME sound heard from outside. But doing that will atleast keep your neighbors a little happier.
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You'll never soundPROOF it, the best you can do is dampen the sound. Thick fabric all around the walls, egg carton type material, that sort of thing, on the cheap.

This. Without construction, you cannot soundPROOF. Hanging crap on the wall dampens and reduces reverberation, but it won't help keep the sound in the garage as much as you'd think. A friend of mine turned his garage into a jam room and put acoustic soundproof foam in between his drywall.
#14
My mom works for an audiologist and he told me the best and cheapest soundproofing material is actually cardboard.
#15
^Multiple layers of that should be good for sound absorption. Still would be optimal to also have sound blockage, too. I don't know what the city ordination is around you is like, but in San Diego, as long as you aren't plainly audible from 50 feet away, you're fine and well within the law. Within reasonable hours, of course. Now, whether your neighbors will appreciate you or not is anoter question....
#16
best thing to keep in mind is to simply NOT PLAY AT OBNOXIOUS LEVELS.
if you can keep your drummer from being rediculously loud, then you wont need to worry too much.
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OK, now for the reality check regarding this situation.

There is NOTHING you can do to effectively soundproof your garage for"cheap".
Sorry bud, it just ain't gonna happen.

Nevermind how loud the guitar and bass will be, the drums alone will be heard from a half block away.
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#19
density. you need density.

things like eggcrate will cause diffusion/dispersion/deflection, but for true absorption (what you need to keep the neighbors happy) you need high density material.

thick quilts are fine, but you'll need them about 6' thick or thicker EVERYWHERE. that's a lot of quilts, and you still haven't touched the main culprit...

guesses anyone?


the concrete floor of your garage (hint: break out the toolbox, buy some sheets of plywood and a bunch of 2x4's, learn how to use a hammer and float EVERYTHING!).
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name me some fireproof materials for soundproofing pls?
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#22
It's the bass frequencies that really carry and can be heard outside the room, as anyone who's ever been on the floor below a party will know.

So try making a 'floating platform' for the drum kit (and maybe bass amp).
Find a nice sturdy wooden board big enough to set up the drum kit on, then place it on top of a thick layer of soft insulating material (rockwool, carpet, duvet etc). It helps stop the vibrations from the bass drum carrying through the floor as much.


Also, mineral wool/rockwool is some of the best sound insulation you can get, and can be commonly bought as loft insulation. A few large strips of this against the doors/windows will stop a lot of the sound getting out, and will also reduce the reverb in the room so the band sounds better.


Don't get me wrong though - you can take steps to reduce the volume levels but you're never going to be jamming at 3AM! Complete soundproofing in unbelieveably costly and would involve enormous changes to your garage.
#23
bass traps. billions of em. everwhere. isolate everything on the ground by covering the floor with a shit ton of wood then use hocky pucks and make a sandwich really with another layer of wood. the hockypucks will diffuse the bass. and most of the sound. proably would have to do this with the walls too. so find another place to practice go rent out a storage unit