If you’re in a band, then you know how important rehearsals are, but you also know how annoying it can be for the neighbors and your family to deal with hours of load noise every day.
There are a lot of things you can do to keep the sounds from leaving the rehearsal room without spending too much, and it won’t even take that long to soundproof the entire room.
I’m going to give you some of the essential tips for soundproofing a room for rehearsals which will drastically lower the noise that’s allowed to leave the room, and also will help with the acoustics inside the room which will allow you to hear every instrument more clearly.
1. Soundproof the Door
The best way to make sure that sound doesn’t leave the rehearsal room is by properly soundproofing the door.
I wrote an entire guide on how to properly soundproof a door in a couple of easy steps which you should check out, however, I will give you a quick guide on how to do it.
Step One: Identify where there are any cracks or gaps between the door and the frame using either a flashlight or by feeling if air comes through.
If you can feel the air moving or if you can see any light coming through, you need to seal that.
Step Two: Use acoustic caulk to seal all the gaps.
Step Three: Apply weatherstripping tape to the entirety of the frame, this way once you close the door it will for an air-tight seal.
Step Four: Get a Door Sweep in order to close the gap between the door and the floor.
Step Five: Enhance the door by adding an additional barrier to it, be it an acoustic blanket, curtains, mass loaded vinyl, etc.
Note: You should still read the entire guide since there are a lot of other things you could do to completely soundproof the door.
2. Soundproof the Windows
The next step would be to try and soundproof the windows as much as possible since this is where a lot of the sound can escape the room.
Here you can also apply the same steps that you used to soundproof the door. The most important one is to properly apply the weatherstrip so that when you close the window it helps with sealing it properly.
One added benefit of doing this, besides reducing the noise, is that it will also help with temperature insulation.
Read more about how to properly soundproof a window here.
You should also consider installing soundproof curtains or hanging soundproof blankets in front of the windows, more on this later on.
3. Install Drum Shields
If you are having serious trouble with keeping the drum noise in check, it’s probably time that you invested in some Drum Shields.
These will be a bit more expensive than any other soundproofing materials on this list, that said, they will help a lot with keeping the drum noises to a minimum.
If you really need to lower the volume of your drum set, then you should get the Drum Shield DS4.
If you want a quick solution, then a drum shield would be your best bet, however, even though it prevents sound from going to the front and the sides, it won’t block it from going upwards.
4. Consider using Acoustic Blankets
Soundproofing or Acoustic blankets are used to absorb sound and reduce noise by creating a sound barrier.
They can be suspended from any surface you’d like; from door frames, to windows, portable frames, floor mounted frames, you could even attach them to the sealing.
Most of them have grommets which allow you to hang them anywhere you’d like.
These are by far one of the easiest solutions for a rehearsal room since they are cheap, highly effective and very easy to install.
I would recommend the Sure-Max Ultra thick Moving Blankets which are super affordable, you can get a pack of 12 blankets for less than $100.
You should definitely get a couple of blankets and not just one, since you can use them on the ceiling, the walls, doors, windows, etc.
If you’d like a step up and get ones that are a bit better but also more expensive, then purchase the Audimute Sound Absorption Blanket.
Learn more about soundproofing blankets (even how to make ones yourself).
5. Use Soundproofing Curtains
Just like soundproofing blankets, soundproofing curtains are a great choice to help deaden any kind of noise.
They are affordable, very easy to install and they work, just don’t expect them to completely block the sound though.
The great thing about these curtains, when compared to the blankets, is that they look really nice, which means that they will also add to the décor of the rehearsal room.
My recommendation for the best soundproof curtains are the NICETOWN blackout soundproofing curtains.
These are great because they have two layers, making them a bit better at keeping noises outside.
6. Install Acoustic Panels
One thing every rehearsal room must have are acoustic panels.
Foam panels help reduce the amplitude of the soundwaves by increasing the air resistance, in other words, it lowers the noise on the other side of those panels.
To properly soundproof the room, you will need two types of acoustic panels; Regular ones, which will absorb mostly high- and mid-range frequencies, and Bass Traps, which absorb the lower frequencies.
You should only need a couple of bass traps, four should be enough.
With the regular acoustic panels, you should install as many as you can, the more surface you can cover, the better.
However, since acoustic panels can end up raising the budget quite a bit. Alternatively, you could only install a few and use the soundproofing blankets to cover up the rest.
7. Get a Drum Rug
Drum rugs aren’t as essential as some of the other things I mentioned, however, it can be a good addition, nonetheless.
Drum rugs are designed in a specific way where it allows for the spurs and stand to not slip and move during long sessions.
They will also help absorb the sound and the vibrations generated by the drum-kit.
I’d highly recommend this rug designed specifically for this purpose since it’s affordable and of great quality.
8. Get some Anti-Vibration Mats
The vibrations generated by the drum-kit, as well as the instrument amplifiers, are easily transmitted through the structures of your home.
This means that if you find a way to lower how much of that vibration is transmitted to the floor, you’ll also lower a lot of the noise.
Luckily you can get an anti-vibration mat which you can put under the amplifiers and drum-kit (if you get a drum rug, put it underneath it).
If you follow all of these steps you should not only be able to keep your neighbors from calling the cops on you, but also be able to hear every instrument better since all of the sound absorption will eliminate that low pitch rumble that makes everything unintelligible.
It’s essential to apply at least some basic soundproofing materials to a rehearsal room, you will notice the difference immediately.
I hope this was useful!