Re: [Harp-L] soundproofing and silent harmonica

Use headphones, and try a programmable drum machine like Alesis SR-18. If it's too stiff for you (I believe the pads Alesis uses have only 8 dynamic (volume, AKA velocity)levels, out of a possible 127, available via MIDI). You get a choice of soft, medium, or loud. Do you have a MIDI keyboard with velocity? Do a little research. Or maybe you'll be happy "as is".


On 11/24/2011 7:01 AM, Dan Hazen wrote:
I tried to soundproof my music room at home, b/c the sound was aggravating
my wife. I play guitar, harp, bass, keys, and drums... and they can get
quite loud when I get everything looping. A local liquidation store had 2
foot square rubber backed carpeting tiles for sale for $1, so I bought a
bunch of them, and covered the walls with them (did not do the ceiling, as
there is no one above us, just an attic). The carpet tiles are all
different colors and have all sorts of different designs on them, so it
looks really cool. As for the sound... The carpet helps with echoes, so
it's good for recording in the room. And the rubber helps with noise
suppression, keeping it from getting out of the room. I can play guitar and
harp to my heart's content, and my wife can go to sleep or watch tv just
fine. Cost me $100. However, it does nothing for bass frequencies... bass
and drums just blow on through, so I have to keep the volume very low for
them. I really don't get to play drums at all, except when my wife is gone
out... I can record the drums into a looper, and the recording is fine, but
the real drums are too loud (I kind of wish I had just bought an electronic
drum kit).

To stop bass frequencies, you have to have heavy mass. I thought about
building a cage for my drums, so I can practice... apparently it can be
done fairly cheap... you build a double-walled cage of drywall, making sure
there is space between the 2 walls, and the cage is raised off the floor.
Some of the bass frequencies will still get through, but it would be
greatly reduced. Others for for the room-within-a-room approach... I
considered it, but didn't go with it because I wanted something that could
be easily removed (I don't own the house). And I haven't built a cage b/c
we're thinking about moving... maybe the next place I live I'll actually
get around to building one.

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