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"Soundproofing" a small bathroom.

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by mstone564, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. mstone564

    mstone564 Member

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    Sup guys, I have a little dilemma and was wondering if you all had any ideas.
    We track vocals in a bathroom with bass traps on every side, but would like to somehow make it so there is very little sound heard from outside.

    Problem one is this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vxvvz5abahpg64q/Photo Mar 18, 3 42 48 PM.jpg
    There's a 1 inch gap between the bottom of the door and carpet, I was curious if there are any types of seals for this scenario?

    Other than blocking what's under the door the only other idea I had was to just put a mattress in front of the door.
    Extremely ghetto but I need this to be as quiet as possible, would love any help! Thanks.
     
  2. heshian46

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    Well you could try one of these:
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Unknown-601900-Draft-Guard-Brown/dp/B00078ZJPG"]http://www.amazon.com/Unknown-601900-Draft-Guard-Brown/dp/B00078ZJPG[/ame]
    I doubt it will get rid of a whole lot of sound, but it should help some.

    Also, I'd recommend hanging a solid door. The one in the picture looks like one of those veneered doors, which are hollow in the middle. This will let quite a bit of sound through. You could also put some weather stripping on the jamb to reduce whats going in and out of the door.

    Other than that theres not much else you could do without getting into some serious construction and $$$$.
     
  3. Studdy

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    Im surprised to hear you track vocals in a bathroom. I would have thought a bathroom would have a quite an effect on the vocal sound. Even with panels. Why not track in a dry room? Unless you love the your getting, just in my experience unless you have an amazing vocal facility you are probably better off relying on reverb plugs or hardware. But to answer your question mass is the only way other than construction techniques. I'd get some thick (6 inch)dense traps made up. 4 inch would work to keep vocals / instruments with little low end out. But a kick or bass guitar will be hard to keep out.
     
  4. mstone564

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    I mean it's basically the same idea as a vocal booth covered in foam, there will be a panel in front of him, two beside that, one above as a cloud, then two more on the left and right walls and one on the back of the door.
     
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    You can maybe cut a sheet of soundboard and fit it to your door that has hooks so it can be slid onto the open door from either sides and just get some cheap tube socks and pantyhose and fill it with sand for the gap just laid across.

    Other than that you'd would either have to replace the door or get into the drywall and insulate it better and use thicker sheetrock and make sure it goes all the way up the foundation of the house
     
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    Demolish the bathroom, build an isolated room from scratch.

    Seriously the only way you can make it properly soundproof.
     
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    Direngreyyy New Metal Member

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    The smaller the room and the less absorption co-efficient the walls materials then the worse the reflections will be.

    Track in a different room instead of wasting your time trying to soundproof your small bathroom
     
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    Gotta agree with the others - soundproofing a bathroom is rough. Still, there are things you can try.

    Sounds like you need a sweep to bridge the gap between the door and floor. Try out this company:
    http://www.soundproofcow.com/Door-Soundproofing/

    They have some parts you might be able to use - vinyl coating for the door, if you want to retire that mattress. The vinyl will probably make it heavy, so you'll have to make sure you have sufficient support for the door, too.
     

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