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Best Option: Decouple and Dampen the Ceilings and Walls

Decoupling is required to isolate the low frequencies generated in home theaters and recording studios. By also damping these surfaces, the sound that does it make it through will be weakened significantly, keeping escaped vibrations from spreading throughout the structure.

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GenieClip

Decouple the ceilings and walls using the GenieClip. We recommend two layers of drywall for maximum efficiency. A third layer will provide significant gains in low frequency isolation.

$4.95

GenieClip LB3 Low Profile

Use this GenieClip in ceilings to reduce headroom loss. Achieve the same performance as the GenieClip and save about 1" in headroom.

$7.00

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound Tubes

Used as a damping compound between multiple layers of drywall on both walls and ceiling to control flanking and sound transfer throughout the structure. We recommend tubes for smaller or DIY projects.

  • $192.00
    Case of Green Glue Compound
  • $16.00
    Tube of Green Glue Compound
  • $25.00
    Green Glue Caulking Gun

Green Glue Compound Five Gallon Pail

Used as a damping compound between multiple layers of drywall on both walls and ceiling to control flanking and sound transfer throughout the structure. We recommend pails for larger projects for savings in time and cost.

  • $280.00
    Green Glue Compound Five Gallon Pail
  • $40.00
    Green Glue Dispensing Gun

Second Option: Decouple the Ceilings and Walls

If the budget does not allow for both decoupling and damping, then we strongly recommend decoupling as the main method of isolation. The low frequency isolation from resilient clips is crucial in isolating these types of rooms.

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GenieClip

Decouple the ceilings and walls using the GenieClip. We recommend two layers of drywall for maximum efficiency. A third layer will provide significant gains in low frequency isolation.

$4.95

GenieClip LB3 Low Profile

Use this GenieClip in ceilings to reduce headroom loss. Achieve the same performance as the GenieClip and save about 1" in headroom.

$7.00

Third Option: Decouple the Ceiling and Dampen the Walls

Assuming the home theater or recording studio is in a basement, or lower level, and the main concern is isolating the space from the floor above, then you can consider this option. We would still recommend decoupling all surfaces, but at a bare minimum the ceiling should be decoupled and walls dampened. Dampen all walls, whether exterior or interior. Decouple the top plate framing if the walls have not yet been built.

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GenieClip

Decouple the ceilings and walls using the GenieClip. We recommend two layers of drywall for maximum efficiency. A third layer will provide significant gains in low frequency isolation.

$4.95

GenieClip LB

If the walls are not framed yet, decouple the top plate wall framing from the joist above with one GenieClip LB every four feet. This provides a fair amount of decoupling with very little investment.

$6.50

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound Tubes

If the walls are left entirely untreated, then sound will travel up the wall framing and into the joists above, bypassing the decoupled ceiling entirely. This is true for both interior and exterior walls. We recommend tubes for smaller or DIY projects.

  • $192.00
    Case of Green Glue Compound
  • $16.00
    Tube of Green Glue Compound
  • $25.00
    Green Glue Caulking Gun

Green Glue Compound Five Gallon Pail

If the walls are left entirely untreated, then sound will travel up the wall framing and into the joists above, bypassing the decoupled ceiling entirely. This is true for both interior and exterior walls. We recommend pails for larger projects for savings in time and cost.

  • $280.00
    Green Glue Compound Five Gallon Pail
  • $40.00
    Green Glue Dispensing Gun

Crucial: Control Flanking Paths

The performance of isolation products are limited if flanking paths are not isolated. Lighting, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical outlets are the most common flanking paths. The products below will address these issues with minimal cost.

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Acoustical Sealant Tubes

Sound isolation products will not perform as advertised if the assembly is not well sealed. Even small gaps will allow significant amounts of noise to pass through. Seal these gaps with a quality acoustical sealant product.

  • $98.00
    Case of Acoustical Sealant
  • $8.50
    Tube of Acoustical Sealant
  • $25.00
    Green Glue Caulking Gun

QuietBox

Recessed lights represent a major loss of mass, allowing nearly direct sound transfer if left untreated. Our QuietBox can be installed in both resilient or rigid ceilings and perform for zero loss.

$39.00

GenieClip LB

Ceiling fans, projectors, soffits, and other heavy items hanging from the ceiling can be attached to wood blocks and the blocks can then be decoupled using the GenieClip LB.

$6.50

VibraDamp

Plumbing pipes and sheet metal duct will resonate easily because they are lightweight materials. VibraDamp will dampen these surfaces very efficiently. Wrapping the drain pipe will also eliminate pipe noise which is a nuisance for both theater experience and recording studios.

$11.00

SpecSeal SSP Putty Pad

Putty pads are needed when there are more than two single gang outlets within a 100 square foot space. Other uses are for various electrical outlets, around the perimeter of door jambs or window frames, and any large gap thicker than 3/8".

$25.00

Fantech FG Centrifugal Fan

This airtight centrifugal fan is used in a couple assembly drawings we created to isolate HVAC duct. Follow these drawings and the duct will be fully isolated without restricting airflow.

  • $125.00
    Fantech FG 4
  • $205.00
    Fantech FG 6XL

Install A Heavy Sound Door

Our IsoDoor line is sound tested to show excellent performance in all frequencies. Communicating doors (two doors back to back) are required to reach a true STC 60+ and OITC 50+. A crucial performance threshold in achieving the highest level of isolation.

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IsoDoor

Our standard 1-3/4" sound isolation door offers great isolation performance in all frequencies. This pre-hung door uses three 5" ball bearing hinges to support the 230 pound wood slab. The IsoDoor will provide great performance in any wall assembly up to an STC 55.

$2,050.00

IsoDoor HD

This is our heavier duty sound isolation door at 2-1/2" and over 330 pounds. Top isolation performance in all frequencies. The unique continuous hinge allows this massive door to open with 1/2 LB or less of operating force. The IsoDoor HD will provide great performance in any wall assembly up to an STC 62.

$2,450.00

Dealing With Room Acoustics

Most any room can be isolated with the products above, however, the acoustics within the room are another issue. The reverberation and standing waves can be dealt with using basic acoustic panels placed strategically throughout the room. Acoustic panels are several times more efficient at resolving acoustics problems compared to acoustic foam or other old school DIY methods. We do not currently offer any acoustic related products. Search ‘acoustic panels’ online for several possible sources.

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