This is the third post in a series of blogs 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. At Royal City Studios, we have invested heavily to make sure both sound waves and sound vibrations stay in the individual rehearsal and recording studios where they belong. The six major aspects to control this are:

  1. Subfloor and floor treatment
  2. Double walls and drywall mounting
  3. Soundproof doors
  4. Hung ceilings
  5. Vent socks
  6. Duct insulation

Part 3: The Doors

The Problem

As good as any walls are, they still have one really big sound leak opportunity- the music studio door! It’s a huge hole in the side of the box we call a studio. Not only that, regular doors just aren’t great at keeping sound from getting through. And even if they do an okay job, there are usually gaps on the sides, top and bottom that allow noise to leak out. So what did Royal City Studios do (because you know we did!) to eliminate the problem?

The Solution for Sound Waves

Our friends at Station Earth were instrumental in guiding the decision on which doors to buy. With decades of experience in soundproofing homes and businesses, they had just the solution for us. It’s the magic studio door, also known as the Kinetics Acoustical Door. Here is a photo of one of the doors when they arrived:

These may look like pretty basic doors, but it’s what you can’t see that counts. Remember, I called it “magic” and that was for good reason. These are precision-crafted doors with multiple layers.

The outside layers of the doors are solid wood. This makes sure that a good percentage of sound doesn’t even enter the door.  In between the outside layers is a complicated mix of materials and structures sandwiched inside. These break up the sound, and then absorb it inside the door. It never has a chance to come out the other side!

So the doors are great, but what about leaks around the edges of the door? Well, the smart people who built the doors paired them with a terrific precision frame, threshold and sealing system.

The frame is crafted to be perfectly straight, just like the doors. This keeps the gap between the door and frame consistent. The frame itself is sealed to the walls using special materials. In addition, every edge of the door, and even the corners, completely seal with the frame using specialized rubber when the door is closed. You can see some of these specialized materials to the right of the door in the photo.

We can’t wait to let you check them out!

What’s Next?

Stay tuned for Part 4: The Ceilings, where you’ll get to see how we keep sound from taking the high road. It takes more than you might think.

We will be opening our doors on April 15, 2019. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest updates!