Recording studio acoustics

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SonaSpray for optimal recording studio acoustics

Noise reverberation control is critical when designing recording and music studios.  Too much reverberation will distort recorded or transmitted presentations so it is vital that the recording studio acoustics are taken seriously.  Our SonaSpray acoustic decorative finish range applied to ceilings and/or walls offers excellent reverberation noise reduction in buildings by absorbing sound energy instead of reflecting it, thereby reducing reverberation times and the overall noise levels in a space. 

CNN Television Studios use our SonaSpray K-13 in recording studios around the world including the central London studio (pictured right).  SonaSpray K-13 was spray applied to the profiled studio ceiling in the chosen colour of dark silver/grey.  This controls the recording studio acoustics whilst also giving maximum headroom for the studio equipment.  SonaSpray K-13 is a deliberately industrial, coarsely textured, seamless spray applied acoustic finish, available in standard and custom colours.  The perfect acoustic treatment for recording studios.

Recording Studio Acoustics

SonaSpray benefits

  • An acoustic, decorative absorber of noise applied to almost any surface.
  • Available in a range of finishes from textured to smooth to suit any design.
  • Through coloured and available in a range of colours (minimum quantity orders apply).
  • Fire rated to BS476 Class 1 to part 7 and Class 0 to part 6.
  • Lightweight; SonaSpray K-13 at 25mm thick weighs 1.8kg/mtr2.
  • For Building Materials emissions this acoustic treatment spray achieves M1 certification.
  • Can contribute up to 17 points to the overall Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of a project.
  • Insulates by creating dead air macroscopic spaces between and within the hollow cellulose fibres.

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Rain noise reduction

Rain noise on roofs can be a problem when designing recording studio acoustics as with the world famous Warner Bros Leavesden studios where we have installed over 80,000m2 of SonaSpray K-13 for this reason.  Acoustic laboratory tests on a thin [26guage] corrugated steel roof sprayed with 50mm of SonaSpray K-13 to the underside then heavily rained upon showed the following noise reductions.

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The test states: The sound level reductions brought about by treating the ceiling appear to be related primarily to damping of structural vibration by SonaSpray K-13, and secondarily to damping of sound inside the enclosure.  The treatment of the walls further damps the sound inside the enclosure, by greatly increasing the average sound absorption coefficient of the enclosure interior surfaces.

See test report attached.

Recording and music studio soundproofing

Recording and music studios often require a solution to a different noise problem which is noise transmission through walls, floors and ceilings.  The process of soundproofing is to stop sound passing through or out of something.  This is what we use our Oscar Iso-Mount range for as it creates an isolated barrier to stop sound being transmitted through ceilings as vibrations and sound pressure waves generated by footsteps, music and voices.

Recording studio soundproofing case study - Coldplay

When Coldplay decided to take a break to record a new album they commissioned a new purpose built recording studio with living quarters in a secret location.  There was concern of noise being transmitted through the roof and being a nuisance to neighbours.  The builder filled the ceiling voids with mineral wool slab but this achieved only minimal improvement to the recording studio soundproofing.  The builder contacted us to install our Oscar Iso-Mount isolated ceiling system, proven in installations across the Great Britain.

The Oscar Iso-Mount is a floating ceiling system fixed with isolated rubber mounts restricting noise from travelling through the ceiling in the form of vibration.  By creating an isolated, floating ceiling using our Iso-Mount acoustic hangers you will stop the vibration that causes the transfer of unwanted noise from floor to floor.  Our Oscar Iso-Mounts solved the recording studio soundproofing issue and the band were free to record their new album.

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For more information regarding recording studio acoustics and music studio soundproofing or if you have any questions regarding building acoustics you can call us direct on 01474 854902.  Alternatively, please fill in our enquiry form via our contact us page and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Recording studio acoustics and soundproofing article written by D. Mack.

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