Are you a drummer who’s always worried about the loud sounds of your drums? I bet that really dims your spark, doesn’t it? I mean, the beauty of playing music and especially drums is doing it loudly and freely.
But let’s be honest here; the noise does become unbearable at a point! No matter how good a drummer you believe you are, it’s noisy and sometimes could be annoying for a person who’s not involved in music.
Here, I’ll be giving you helpful tips on how to soundproof a room for drums to be able to make all the loud sounds and noise you want, without having a single worry in the world about being too loud.
How Do I Soundproof a Room for Drums?
Investing in good quality soundproof material to completely block the noise is really worthy of your money and will pay off in the end.
Sound travels through several methods of media, reaches our ears then our brains. In order to stop it somewhere within this process, we have to interfere somewhere in this sequence of events.
The first tip I’d recommend is that you look for any holes/ gaps in your room walls. The tiniest hole in a wall could really be a source of unbearable noise- especially drum noise.
I’ll be covering this point below in more detail, in case you’re not sure how to do it properly.
So, having covered that issue, you’re then ready to go for the next step, which is soundproofing the room. Below, is a list of helpful and useful tips.
1. Choose the Right Room to Soundproof
As mentioned earlier, drums produce a lot of loud noise, so the room you’d want to use as your studio or practice area should be as far away as possible from any frequently used rooms.
Usually, the easiest rooms to soundproof are those that have no windows.
2. Cover Any Holes
High levels of noise always find their way through the tiniest holes or gaps in the wall.
Usually, doors aren’t prepared well when it comes to soundproofing. Gaps will be present between the door and its frame.
The best tip would be to turn off the light inside the room and leave it turned on outside it. Once found, you need to fill them in using acoustic materials.
A Fiberglass Blanket can also be used. This is an easy and affordable solution, as fiberglass blankets are known to completely block the noise. They’re extremely easy to hang and clean too.
Another source of noise exposure is air vents and windows. It wouldn’t be very wise to block air vents, as they’re a source of ventilation. Blocking them would mean a hot, stuffy room.
However, you could purchase and install soundproof curtains for the windows.
3. Carpet the Floor
If the floor isn’t already fully covered, installing carpets from wall to wall would be best for blocking the noise.
There is a common misunderstanding between sound absorption and soundproofing. Fact is, absorption is only a part of the soundproofing process.
The difference between absorbing material and soundproofing material is that absorbing material only helps lower the sound in the room, while soundproofing material stops the sound from going in or out of the room.
For best results, it’d be best to combine these two together. However, if your problem is only with the sound and you don’t mind the echoing effect, then you can just stick with soundproofing.
Having said that, the most recommended tool to use for covering your floors, walls and even ceilings is Mass-Loaded Vinyl. This will be placed between your carpet and the floor.
What’s great about this material is its flexibility as well as its ability to block sound completely.
4. Buy a Decent Drum Rug
Aside from carpeting, invest in a good quality drum rug. When playing the drums, the noise and sound vibrations will be transmitted through the floor and ceiling. So, adding another layer between the floor and the drumset is needed.
5. Soundproof the Walls and Ceiling
Now you need to cover your walls and ceiling with very thick material to block any sound or noise. To do so, the best and cheapest thing would be to install acoustic foam panels.
A good tip is to also cover the corners of the room and ceiling as well by installing bass traps.
So, Am I Now Ready to Make All The Noise I Want Using My Drumset?
Not just yet.
As mentioned earlier, the most expensive materials and methods used to soundproof your room are the most efficient ones.
Creating a separate space inside an already existing room for your drum practice is also a good recommended option.
This would require constructing walls and a ceiling using drywall or sheetrock as soundproof materials. A Soundproof adhesive should also be used, and as I recommended earlier, I would go for Green Glue.
Needless to mention, this newly built area has to be entirely airtight to avoid any sound or noise exposure. Having said that, all the walls should be constructed using sound-absorbing materials.
More Ideas on the Topic
If investing a lot of money to soundproof a room isn’t what you’re ready to do now, there are some less costly alternatives and ideas that I recommend.
1. Getting an Electric Drum Kit
Electric drums have really come a long way throughout the years and they’ve become almost just like regular drums but with much less noise.
2. Getting Some Lower Volume Cymbals
Lower level cymbals will reduce the noise up to 80% less than regular ones.
3. Replacing Your Current Drum Heads with Mesh Ones.
This is definitely a solution cheaper than changing your whole drum kit.
4. Lowering Your Bass Drum
Turn your bass drum upside down and stuff it with old materials at your house that are redundant. A towel, a duvet cover, or even an old rug.
To Sum Up
At the end of the day, everybody hates noise! As tricky as traveling sound waves could be, there are so many ways by which we could block them.
In this article, I’ve tried to mention the most effective methods of soundproofing a room, hoping to be as helpful and informative as I could.
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