On stage, the powerful punch of a drumset is everything but when practicing, the powerful punch of a drumset is usually too much, especially for others nearby. You’ll see a lot of tips out there for how to soundproof a room for drums.
Unfortunately, a lot of these don’t help all that much.
To truly soundproof a room, you need to be willing to spend a ton of money and put forth a whole lot of effort. You’ll essentially need to do a full remodel project for your drum room.
But if you don’t have the cash or the energy for such a project, you don’t have to worry. There is a lot that you can do to drastically reduce the sound that gets out of your drum room. This is achieved primarily through sound absorption.
Below are the 5 best ways to help deaden the sound in a room for drums. All of these steps are pretty easy to implement and they won’t break the bank.
Inexpensive Ways to Soundproof your Space
You want to also take into account any objects in the room that may affect the way sound is moving throughout the room. If you have a desk or table in your recording space you want to factor that into how sound will travel as well. Bob has a simple quick fix for dealing with how a desk or other object in the room may affect the way your sound travels “Just throw a full bag of pink insulation underneath the desk and that will take care of some of your low-end problems,” he says.
- Mattress Covers. Egg crate mattress covers are an economical way to obtain soundproofing and work similarly to acoustic foam. They can be found at many discount supply stores and often in thrift stores. They can easily be installed by gluing or stapling them to your walls.
- Carpeting. The thicker the better! It’s not just for flooring either. You can attach carpet to your walls or cut strips of carpeting and attach them to the seams around windows and doors to dampen the noise coming in from outside. Go to your local flooring company and ask about purchasing their miscuts.
- Sound Baffles. These are barriers that stop the reverberation in a room. Attach sheets or pieces of foam at various points across your ceiling to reduce airborne sound. They don’t need to touch the floor to make significant impact and are extra items you likely have around your home.
If you’re still lost on where you should add extra insulation or padding, in order to soundproof your home recording studio and deal with absorption and diffusion, the key takeaway to think about is possible holes or cracks (including things like electrical outlets and light switches) through which sound can enter or leave the room.
According to Bob, the best home recording studio soundproofing can be obtained if you, “Treat [the room] like you’re going to fill it with water and put a fish in it.” If any water can escape the room, then that is where you want to focus your soundproofing efforts.