The quality of the professional audio recordings at your home studio will depend on how well you block out unwanted sound. Most of the audio needs to be captured inside the recording room with no outside interference.
To do this, you need to make sure that you select the right acoustic materials. For most people, this means installation of noise insulation to prevent sound loss, keeping music at its highest integrity.
How to Choose Home Studio Insulation
There are two numbers you need to look for in terms of acoustics. The first is the “Rw.” This number represents the amount of noise reduction the material provides. The higher the number the better. The other number to look for is “Lw.” This represents how well the material reduces shock noise and knocks.
You should also pay attention to the acoustic correction number, expressed as a number from 0 to 1. Ideally, your number should be as close to 1 as possible. Examples of acoustic sound absorption materials include Studio Foam, Acoustic Panels, and more. Different companies have developed their own soundproofing materials, so it is important to check what fits in your budget.
Installing Acoustic Insulation
The best time to install acoustic materials is when the home is being constructed. Unfortunately, this is a luxury that recording artists have. As usual, the type of insulation you choose is going to affect how you install the material, based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. But you can expect the following steps:
Block Leaks – Before installation, make sure any sound leaks you have in your home studio are addressed. There are typically cracks, holes, windows, and other areas where sound escapes which can affect the quality of your professional audio. You can usually stop these leaks by installing any type of rubber device on the cracks. Make sure you also install the right material around your door frame.
Add Panels – Once you’ve blocked leaks, it is time to add the insulation panels. There are several types of sound insulation panels available. Most look like typical drywall paneling, so you will not need to worry about matching your soundproofing to your home’s décor.
Consider Additional Foam – You may also want to consider installing additional acoustic insulation foam. These foams can amplify your sound, but they require layering and other construction work to make sure that they are installed correctly.
You may also consider hiring a construction company to install the panels. You don’t necessarily need a complete redesign of the room, or expensive construction costs, but a good construction company will ensure that every crack is covered and your recordings are of the utmost quality.
Getting the Right Insulation
Professional audio requires high quality sound, and the only way to get high quality sound is to make sure that your home studio is retrofitted with the right materials to reduce noise leaks. The right insulation, installation professionals and upgrades to your studio space are all important to make sure this is done properly.