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Soundproofing Forum Topics => Sound Control if you're Renting - Apartments, Condo, ETC => Topic started by: FRRjak on July 05, 2008, 09:25:37 PM

Title: Electric Drums ... They Can Hear 'em Downstairs
Post by: FRRjak on July 05, 2008, 09:25:37 PM
Got an electric kit a few weeks ago thinking FINALLY I can practise in my apartment but the neighbors just came up to tell me they can't hear their TV over my practising.

We're renting and the situation is very temporary, plus I can't imagine it would be difficult to dampen the vibration from ELECTRIC drums.  The actual output is just going into my headphones, so what they're hearing is me banging the pads ... and I'm guessing the bass drum pad is the biggest culprit.

I'm thinking of the following top to bottom sandwich:


                   ELECTRIC DRUM SET
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Thin Carpet
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Thin Plywood
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Pad
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||                   ||    Drum Riser    ||              ||
||                   ||    (on posts)    ||              ||
--                   --                      --              --
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Pad
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Thin Carpet
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Thick Apartment Carpet


Right now I'm hammering the pedal right on the floor.  In the room it makes a dull, barely audible thud, but the floor is acting like an amplifier.  I'm thinking if I can "float" the kit that'll take care of things.

Whaddya think?
Title: Re: Electric Drums ... They Can Hear 'em Downstairs
Post by: Randy S on July 07, 2008, 05:57:22 PM
Since your renting, this might give you the reduction you need to make your down stairs neighbors happy.
You might want to add MLV w/closed cell foam on top of your plywood layer.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/flooring.htm