Providing a quiet and comfortable environment are essential components of a properly functioning soundstage. However, noise pollution will always be unavoidable in a bustling city. The last thing anyone wants is unusable audio, which is exactly why we’ve implemented several soundproofing techniques into the design of our new facility.
As much as we’d like to slash the tires of every loud truck that honks and revs their engine outside, we thought it would be more rational to research the science of sound. It turns out, sound travels in two ways; airborne noise, (such as a human voice) and vibrational noise (think of a footstep on a floorboard). In addition, soundproofing is a lot like waterproofing, one hole can sink the entire boat.
During the initial construction of our studio, we made sure to fill the soundstage walls with Rockwool, which absorbs more vibrational sound than most insulation materials. Then, for additional absorption, we covered the ceiling and walls with sound blankets, repurposed from the old Upshur location.
This was a great start, but the work was far from over. To improve the external seal, we recently installed a fully insulated barn door on the exterior of our rolling load-in door. In comparing past recordings of ambient noise, we’ve already noticed a substantial difference.