This is the first in a series of blog posts to teach you about the six key things we have done to make sure the music studios at Royal City Studios are completely isolated from each other from an acoustic perspective. Most music studios are built on a tight budget, resulting in sound getting in and out of the studios easily. At Royal City Studios, we have invested heavily to make sure both sound waves and sound vibrations stay in each rehearsal and recording studio where they belong. The six major aspects to control this are, from the bottom up:
Part 1: Subfloor Treatment
In most cases, music studios are built on a standard wood floor or concrete foundation. They may have carpet and/or padding inside to absorb some sound. However, some frequencies (especially low ones) tend to have stronger vibrations and also pass through these materials quite easily. As a result, many studios suffer from noise bleed through the floor where the neighbouring studio sound carries through the floor and right into the studio and your ears. It can be very distressing when trying to rehearse or record, and you are hearing noise from another musician or band. It can keep you from being able to concentrate, as well as ruin a good recording!
In order to address this, we took the advice of the acoustic team at Station Earth to install a special sub-flooring insulation. The insulation is made of special acoustic material and combined with vibration-suppressing “pucks” pictured to the left. In addition, the flooring material is doubled up and absorbs significant sound before it gets to the insulation.
To solve the problem even further, each music studio floor is completely physically cut off from the next studio. In fact, there is a one-inch gap right down to the concrete cut into the flooring material, that prevents vibration from passing through. For example, you can see the separation between the studio and the hallway in the image below. The gap continues all the way around each studio!
This multi-aspect approach will eliminate a mind-blowingly high percentage of sound from passing into the floor.
Stay tuned for Part 2: The Walls, where we will explain how we built the music studio walls. We made sure sound cannot penetrate out of your music studio, let alone get into the neighbouring one.