Re: Subject: Re: [Harp-L] soundproofing an interior room - another idea

Carpet, drapery, cane-board, cork and other light, porous material is useful for suppressing sound reflections.  Since it is often visible in sound-controlled rooms, there is a common misconception that it blocks the passage of sound.

If my post has alerted possible buyers that any material lacking mass is likely to be ineffective, then I am content.  Caveat emptor.

Although I would be very surprised to learn that a hydroponic tent makes a dandy sound booth, I can't say for sure that it does not.  Beyond the above generalizations, I am not prepared to argue the effectiveness of any particular materials. My one first-hand experience was practicing guitar in a booth separated from a saxophone by two layers of 3/4" thick cane board. It sounded as if I were in the same booth with the sax.

Thank you for reminding me again that email makes a poor medium for levity.


On Dec 4, 2011, at 6:14 PM, EGS1217@xxxxxxx wrote:

>  In a message dated 12/4/2011 4:54:05 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, jevern@xxxxxxx writes:
> On Dec 4, 2011, at 10:19 AM, EGS1217@xxxxxxx wrote:
>> Geez, did growing 'weed' come into this?
> I didn't intend it to be taken seriously.  In the immortal words of Senator Claghorn "That's  a joke, Son."  
> A bit before my time, but wasn't Mr. Delmar's use of that phrase as Claghorn specifically to express his disdain for Northerners and a direct refutation of it being in fact, a 'joke'?
>> My suggestion of this indoor hydroponic 'booth' is specifically because they really CAN cut down on sound if they're placed further inside a bigger room and not up against a wall. As long as one adds a good thick base inside (carpeting?), and something on top (thick  batting, perhaps?), the sound could even be prevented from transmitting to the apartment (or room) above and below. The idea was to use      this as a starting base and with some ingenuity pad it out enough TO be used as an improvised sound booth (which run into the $5,000 and up range for anything close to this size).
> The use of mass to prevent the transmission of sound is a well-established acoustic principle.
> The following is from
> and in your own site is a description of the 'sound curtains' I brought up earlier:

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