Soundproofing spaces has been in practice for as long as people were bothered by the noise of others. What many people do not realize, is all the common uses there are for soundproofing. Some are in business settings and others involve residential settings as well. Most soundproofing is not completely sound resistant, so in severe cases (like sharing a wall with a concert venue) working out an agreement with the noisemakers will need to be made. Here’s a list of a few instances that use soundproofing that you may not have been aware of.
The world of podcasting has grown immensely in the last few years. At this point, there are many companies who solely produce new podcast for listeners. Soundproofing is used by amateur and professional podcasters alike. The purpose of working and recording in a soundproof room is to eliminate as much background noise and hum as possible. This provides listeners with clear audio and minimal distractions while enjoying the content.
Similarly to podcasters, sound engineers require soundproof vocal booths and “live rooms” in order to capture the tones of each instrument without outside noise. Working in soundproof rooms also gives other musicians and producers the freedom to speak while the recording process is happening. Music is an extremely collaborative effort, so it is important to hold conversations about what is being recorded in real time. Additionally, without soundproofing, entire takes could be ruined by outside noise.
Close Quarter Housing
Apartments and Condominiums include soundproofing in the construction phase of a new building. While walls are being put up, soundproofing is used to keep neighborly noises at bay. In close-knit quarters like that, it is easy to disrupt other residents if proper soundproofing is not in place. All it takes is a noisy upstairs vacuum to wake a sleeping baby, or a night shift worker being disturbed by neighbors during the day for you to know how disruptive sound can really be. It is easy to spot properly soundproofed residential spaces from out-dated, poorly soundproofed ones on the sheer amount of noise you can hear.
Finally, offices spaces use a lot of soundproofing. This actually surprises most people, but makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Conference and meeting rooms are the most commonly soundproofed rooms in any office space. Conference rooms and smaller meeting rooms house multiple people, often in a collaborative setting. These meetings get noisy quickly and quality soundproofing help mitigate disturbances. Additionally, individual offices are soundproofed as well – for a few reasons. Soundproofing a C-Level executive’s office is often necessary for confidentiality and minimizing distractions from general office buzz.