#1
i was thinking of sound proofing my room 'cause i live in the middle floor and sound travels throughout the house not to mention i have a dog and the neighbors are pretty much a$$ holes
the problem is im only 14 so money is an issue

all i need is some ideas to sound proof the door,window,floor,walls and ceiling

its a small room and i have a bunch of stuff so that does help but i need that extra barrier


thanks in advance
#3
I dont think headphones will sound proof a room.
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#5
Ya...

Um...so, since you're 14, this is a job that is virtually impossible for you to do on your own.

You're gonna need to either hire someone to do it, or get an older guy to help you.
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#7
Didn't feel like starting a new thread, so I'm gonna hijack this one. Is there something I can put under my halfstack to dampen the sound it's making? Like maybe a carpet or something? My neighbour from downstairs says she doesn't mind me playing, but she will be moving out soon and the new owners might not like it.

I imagine that the low frequencies are the main trouble here. Could be wrong tho.
#8
if you have access to them, you can get about a thousand egg cartons, the ones that hold like 30 for diners and stuff, and cover your walls. it sounds stupid (and looks horendous,) but this kid i know who worked at a diner took them from the garbage for a month and his basement is soundproofed now.

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#9
Quote by IHATECHILDREN
Ya...

Um...so, since you're 14, this is a job that is virtually impossible for you to do on your own.

You're gonna need to either hire someone to do it, or get an older guy to help you.

Or, you know, parents?

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#10
Quote by IHATECHILDREN
Ya...

Um...so, since you're 14, this is a job that is virtually impossible for you to do on your own.

You're gonna need to either hire someone to do it, or get an older guy to help you.

i can get my dad to help me with it but i need ideas
#11
Play really loud pornography for about a week, then you're neighbours will be happy to have the guitar playing back.
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Quote by IHATECHILDREN
Ya...

Um...so, since you're 14, this is a job that is virtually impossible for you to do on your own.

You're gonna need to either hire someone to do it, or get an older guy to help you.


ummm, no....even pro. soundproofing is just this spongy crap that you glue on the wall. If you're pressed for cash then go to your local carpet shop explain your situation and ask if you can have some of their carpet scraps to put up on your wall. It doesn't work as well as actual sound proofing but it'll help keep everyone from bitching. also try to have as few hard surfaces in the room as possible, if you have like a desk or a dresser get something like a blanket or the carpet to put over it. Pretty much just have a bunch of soft things around to absorb the sound....blankets, curtens, carpet that kinda ****.
#13
Quote by Bushinarin
Play really loud pornography for about a week, then you're neighbours will be happy to have the guitar playing back.



HAHAHAHA good idea only im kinda trying to keep that quiet to (i know a little too much info but i had to say it)
plus i dont want to piss off my parents either
#14
You have a house with a MIDDLE floor?

How the f*ck is money an issue?
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Quote by rage6945
if you have access to them, you can get about a thousand egg cartons, the ones that hold like 30 for diners and stuff, and cover your walls. it sounds stupid (and looks horendous,) but this kid i know who worked at a diner took them from the garbage for a month and his basement is soundproofed now.

or save up, you can get a kit on musiciansfriend


this also works very well...
#16
yeah, dude, just use egg cartons
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#18
So does your family own the full house? i.e. top floor, ground floor, basement?
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#19
Quote by roythereaper
So does your family own the full house? i.e. top floor, ground floor, basement?


yea but we have some economic problems
not to mention i live in quebec and the taxes are F*CKING high
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Quote by ikarian-pride
yea but we have some economic problems
not to mention i live in quebec and the taxes are F*CKING high


I've heard that taxes in Canada in general are pretty high. You might want to see about being moved into a section of the basement and having that soundproofed if it would be possible. It would probably be much more efficient, less vibrations travelling to the upper rooms of the house and one wall would have earth on the other side with no-one to bother.
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Quote by roythereaper
I've heard that taxes in Canada in general are pretty high. You might want to see about being moved into a section of the basement and having that soundproofed if it would be possible. It would probably be much more efficient, less vibrations travelling to the upper rooms of the house and one wall would have earth on the other side with no-one to bother.


sorry man the basement isnt really an option since its the tv room/office and the garage is to packed otherwise id be in there
oh te laubdry room is small so that wont work either
#23
ive heard of the egg carton thing before but my room is the first thing you see when you enter so it would look rediculouse according to the parents
i guess i could close the door but i need something to soundproof that to (you know,the crack between the door and border)
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Quote by ikarian-pride
sorry man the basement isnt really an option since its the tv room/office and the garage is to packed otherwise id be in there
oh te laubdry room is small so that wont work either


Hmm, the best idea would be (as has been said) to go to a carpet store/warehouse and see if you can scrounge leftover cuttings. Carpet underlay would work well too if you can get that, it's usually quite sponge-like.
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#25
The main two points where sounds is transferred out of a room are the door and windows. If you have windows, make a window plug. Google it. I made one for about 25 bucks and it works great. Essentially, mine is just a 3/4 inch sheet of particle board in the window, with a blanket over it. If you really want to soundproof it, add two layers.

The door. Get a solid core wood door. And make sure it's tight against the floor and frame. This can be done with closed-cell foam weatherstripping. This is more expensive, but not terribly. Try craigslist or something. Those are two ways to keep sound in the room. Next, you want to isolate your amp from the floor. Build a riser for it. Basically what this does is makes as little contact and as much space from your amp to the floor as possible. This is especially effective with bass tones. Other than that, it gets expensive.

Home depot has some stuff called soundbarrier for about 25 bucks for a like 3x10 foot sheet. It gets expensive if you want to cover your whole room with it, but you might be able to do the floor.

Edit: DON'T USE EGG CRATES. The only thing that stops sound is mass. That means bricks=good soundproofing. Thin cardboard =/= good soundproofing. Also carpet =/= good soundproofing, because it's really not very dense. It's good at sound treating (stopping echos [good for recording]), but not soundproofing. Plus, It's really too heavy to hang on the walls. It'll rip out the drywall. Trust me, I've tried.

Quick science lesson: sound travels in waves of moving air particles. Since air is abundant in open space, sound travels well. Bricks and other dense material can stop those vibrations. thin cardboard cannot. Neither can a blanket on the wall.


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#26
Quote by ikarian-pride
ive heard of the egg carton thing before but my room is the first thing you see when you enter so it would look rediculouse according to the parents
i guess i could close the door but i need something to soundproof that to (you know,the crack between the door and border)


weather stripping....