Using Hat Track to Soundproof Your Home Studio

by | Sep 6, 2016 | Aluminium

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The world outside is quite noisy. You do not want those sounds being picked up as you are making recordings inside your home sound studio. Nor, do you want to keep the neighbors awake during your late night jam sessions as you hone your tracks. The key is to find a way to absorb sound and eliminate problems with echo or reverberation. The solution is to soundproof your home studio by using hat track and a few simple construction tricks.

Identifying Noise Control

Noise control involves either a passive or active way to reduce sound emissions. This is definitely something that you will need to achieve to reduce internal noise from your home studio and ensure the best sound for all of your recordings. When done correctly, external environmental noises, such as nearby factories, trains and airplanes will be effectively reduced.

First of all, you will need to identify the source of any noise that you would like to reduce. When thinking about reducing the noise and ensure the best sound within your studio, you will need to focus on the reduction of reverberation. This is the echo that is created as sound bounces off surfaces in the room, as opposed to being absorbed.

This can typically be achieved easily by installing acoustical walls and ceilings, covering any hardwood flooring with carpet, installing ceiling board, increasing insulation and installing wall tiles. Of course, there are a number of additional options available for noise reduction, but these are the most common.

Reducing the Wall Sound

Sound clips are designed specifically to carry hat track, which is a types of drywall furring channel. It is used with one or more layers of gypsum board. These sound clips can be installed easily with just a couple of screws.

The maximum space between the clips should be four feet. The space between the furring channels should be no more than two feet. The top row should be no more than six inches to the channel’s center from the ceiling. The bottom row should be no more than three inches to the channel’s center from the floor.

When this system is used on the walls, it is important that you make sure that the initial layer of gypsum board has the seams aligned in between the sheets of the centerline of the horizontal channels. Finally, use a non-hardening acoustical sealant or a resilient putty to seal any potential sound leaks.

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