Recording studio acoustics

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SonaSpray acoustic decorative treatment corrects recording studio acoustics

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Noise reverberation is critical in designing recording studio acoustics.  Too much noise reverberation i.e reflected noise can distort recorded or transmitted presentations. 

Our SonaSpray decorative finish applied to ceilings and/or walls absorbs noise instead of reflecting it (as with hard surfaces) resulting in the correct recording studio building acoustics.

CNN Television Studios use SonaSpray K-13 in recording studios around the world including the central London studio (pictured left).  SonaSpray K-13 is applied to the profiled studio ceiling in the chosen colour of dark silver grey.  This controls the recording studio acoustics and gives maximum headroom for the studio equipment.

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
  • Through coloured and available in a range of colours
  • 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

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Rain noise reduction

Rain noise on roofs can be a problem when designing recording studio acoustics as with the new Warner Bros Leavesden studios where Oscar Acoustics is installing 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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Octave-Band sound pressure level

The test states: The sound level reductions bought 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

Soundproof ceilings for music recording studios

Recording studio acoustics also sometimes require a solution to a different noise problem i.e. noise transmission through walls floors and ceilings:

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 acoustics.  The builder contacted Oscar Acoustics to install their Oscar Iso-Mount isolated ceiling system, proven in installations across Europe.

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.  Our Oscar Iso-Mounts solved the problem and the band were free to record.  

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Contact us for our recording studio acoustics advice

For more information regarding our recording studio acoustics products 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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Factory noise control artical written by D. Mack.