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pmouse

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Townhouse: Sound proofing a room for violin + piano practice
« on: December 15, 2010, 10:55:43 PM »
I live in a three story town house, the first level is the garage, the second is my living room and kitchen, and the third level are two bed rooms. I'm selecting one of the two bedrooms to be a "music room". The problem is of course the neighbors will be hearing a lot of noise they may not necessarily enjoy.

In the upstair bedroom, I can hear a faint noise of the neighbor's tv/speaker system. I cannot make out of what it's playing, but I definitely get the hint. When I start the violin the TV noise gets louder too - a sign that they can hear me and have turned up the volume.

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Re: Townhouse: Sound proofing a room for violin + piano practice
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010, 11:12:44 PM »

So I've decided to soundproof this room. I've talked to the neighbors so they are aware of this, which means a very tiny amount of noise may not bother them. I've browsed around and are interested the audimute's peacemaker (http://www.audimutesoundproofing.com/soundproof-wall-sound-deadening-insulation.aspx) barrier (from their field test, it seems 2x layer will add about 20 STC). It's made of recylced rubber, so it will definitely NOT look nice. Therefore I'm thinking about putting down a layer of absorption form (http://www.amazon.com/Auralex-Studiofoam-Designer-Charcoal-Gray/dp/B0002F78UI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292453586&sr=8-1), it looks great and will kill the echo, that's enough for me.

The finaly plan is: 2 layers of peacemaker + 1 layer of form, cost will be $500. Can someone tell me how effective this will be, and if there are other things I should watch for?

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Re: Townhouse: Sound proofing a room for violin + piano practice
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 12:22:23 AM »
well I missed the first section so I have modified the post..
I would advise you open the walls fill with cotton fiber or mineral wool, attach the MLV directly to the studs seal perimeter and penetrations and tape seams.
Use a padding tape and install shet rock. Then use the auralex.

I will say that the Peacemaker is only a 19 STC and for a couple dollars more you can get MLV#1 with an STC of 26 and will not have the VOC that recycled rubber has!

either way you had better seal the system if you want to see results.

The Auralex is fine for acoustical conditioning(echo)
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Re: Townhouse: Sound proofing a room for violin + piano practice
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010, 04:52:28 AM »
Hi, thanks for the quick reply. Our association will not let me tear down the common wall, so Im stuck with addon only solution. If you think adding the barrier outside of the drywall won't help, then I also have the option of adding a new layer of dry wall on top of the rubber/MLV. Though I don't see what a new layer of drywall will buy me.

About the rubber vs MLV thing. I have about 100sqft of wall to cover. How much qillthe Mlv solution cost? If it only adds a bit more, then ya it'll make sense.

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Re: Townhouse: Sound proofing a room for violin + piano practice
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 04:07:07 PM »
100 sqft MLV#1= $113.00

Give me a call direct and I will provide you a complete wall system for your budget. :)

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Randy Sieg

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888-942-7723
Ph. 760-752-3030
Fax.760-752-3040