I'm sure this is a karmic payback of some sort. My son took up drums. Its
getting difficult to handle, for me and the neighbors. I can buy him an
electronic drum set for two grand or so, all told. Or, I can do some level
of soundproofing in his room. According to the research I've done, the cost
is probably about the same and the results won't be perfect, but will
probably be good enough.
According to the experts in the music studio industry, who sell soundproof
rooms and the like, there aren't any real shortcuts. These folks also claim
that the use of egg cartons and the like simply don't work.
Anyway, I need to solve this problem and I have to do what I have to do. I
thought I'd take a shot asking, here, whether anybody can suggest a
practical, less expensive solution to cutting down on the noise.
soundproof the drums themselves. put pillows in the bass drum and do
something like this:
which is simply what came up first in my search engine attempt..
im sure from even a glance at the picture you could buy some material and
get the scissors out and make something for less than 20 bucks. or you can
search and find lots of kits available.
ya know, i was looking at that auction, and at the sellers feedback, and
he's 'replied' to all the feedback with comments making it look like the
buyer posted them (to the novice ebayer) and saying how great his products
Even spending 2000 you wont make it quiet maybe for 3000, 5000 for
all new doors Floating walls - floors- ceiling.
Electronic drums quality units start at 700. I just sold my old set .
The length of the bass wave is up to 4 feet long, high frequencies
1/4 " and drums have alot of energy . Dont let your kid rule your
life , get him a used cheap set of electromic ones for practice.
It's all a matter of degree. For a few hundred you can add a layer of
drywall, weather stripping on the door and make some accommodations to any
heating or A/C vents and returns to greatly reduce the noise.
That a look at:
For more ideas.
I agree with this post. As someone said, it's a matter of
degree, really. Even fiberglass insulation will do a lot of
sound deadening; the hard parts are the floors and windows.
Our upstairs uses only fiberglass insulation (2 x 6
joists) upstairs and you cannot hear a thing from up there
unless it's really loud. Oustide though, or if the windows
are open, you can hear a lot more.
you can get drum silencers at any decent music shop. They're basically
rubber disks that sit on top of the skins and deaden the sound. They don't
change the feel of the drums (much) - certainly not enough for a beginner to
notice. When you want to make real noise, you just pick them up and out them
on the floor or something. They just sit on top of the drumhead, so putting
them on/off is easy.
I don't remember how much they cost, but its not too much - probably under
$50 to cover a basic set.
They're standard equipment at the studio where I used to teach (bass).
Ah.... this is the ticket. A google search turns up quite a few links, and
like you say, this stuff isn't too expensive!
He has a practice pad to practice his sticking technique, the muffled drums
will let him work on his coordination, and he can take the mufflers off once
and a while if he wants.
Great solution! Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.
Soft materials, like curtains, carpets, foam, and fiberglass, block
high frequency sounds but let the bass go right through. So you need
some dense material, like drywall or concrete, but it's much more
effective when it's mounted on shock absorbers, like metal acoustical
channels attached horizontally to the wall studs. But always seal any
air leaks because a 1" hole will transmit about as much sound as 10
sq. ft. of average wall.
Some people may tell you to build walls made of staggered studs (half
the studs touch one side of the wall, half touch the other side), but
they aren't as effective as a conventional wall with horizontal
acoustical strips and may only slightly better than a conventional
wall made with metal instead of wood studs.
Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings:
30 loud speech audible and intelligible
35 loud speech audible but unintelligible
40 loud speech barely audible
45 must strain to hear loud speech
50 loud speech inaudible
STC for various types of walls:
37 2x4 wooden studs on 16" centers, fiberglass insulation,
1/2" drywall on each side
45 2x4 steel studs on 24" centers, fiberglass insulation,
5/8" drywall on each side
46 2x4 wooden studs on 16" centers, fiberglass insulation,
7/8" drywall on each side
48 2x4 wooden studs staggered on 16" centers, fiberglass
insulation, 1/2" drywall on each side
50 2x4 wooden studs on 16" centers, fiberglass insulation,
horizontal acoustical channels on one side, 5/8" drywall
55 two completely separate walls of 2x4 wooden studs on 16"
centers, fiberglass insulation, 1/2" drywall on both
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