Studio Lounge

Goals

  • dual purpose quiet space for (co)working and audio/video recording
  • friendly, open, clean, comfortable
  • sound dampened
  • sound proofed
  • good lighting
  • colourful lighting

Phase 1 Goals: Comfy Start

  • painted
  • floor installed
  • storage (shelves?) up
  • first sound dampening panels
  • target date: June 19, 2020

Phase 2 Goals: Shhhh

  • sound proofing, eg drop ceiling, partition wall…

Planning

  • trello board - public, need to be a (trello) team member to edit; just ask :smiley:
  • layout ideas (tinkercad). Note- sound studios often have panels at 45˚ in corners to break sharp reflections.
  • eventually might want ~25 2’x4’ sound panels (both for some sound proofing but also dampening.)

Floor

Plan of Action

  • insulate wall shared with Otagai - blow in cellulose and/or 2nd layer of drywall
    • for office/work use, want to make it comfy; room-in-a-room would leave outside space still potentially noisy. And it keeps more flex space for now
    • less labour to do some insulation now rather than later- can always add more if needed
    • waiting on QuietRock quote from Slegg, probably too expensive, Green Glue + 5/8 Type X?
  • paint walls and ceiling (have primer + white paint on hand)
  • floor:

Reference Info

Resources

  • dB sound meter (in measuring tools drawer, front room)

Materials On Hand

  • some lumber
  • several lengths of heavy curtain/other cloth
    • maybe dye it to look nicer? Or a second material to cover it? Most of it is heavy upholstery fabric.
  • left over white paint (almost enough to do corridor; should be more than enough for room), blue/green and some other colours
  • left over drywall sealer
  • laminate hardwood floor planks
  • maybe enough (felt) underlay
  • vapor barrier (if needed)
  • green, blue, and projector screens
  • Tile smart panel

Suppliers

  • Home Depot has “Green Glue” noise proofing sealant
  • There’s a commercial supplier of membranes, sealants, etc, behind WSBC Courtenay
  • Industrial Plastics and Paints may be able to get some of sound sealing products
  • QuietRock- see below re agent in Campbell river that also had the springy/noise-absorbing dry-wall installation clips.

Ideas

  • acoustic panel example Thomas Sanladerer; at end brief comment re heavy rock wool vs regular.
  • previous investigation: contacted Kevin Boily @ Westcoast Home Theaters who put Julian in contact with James Wright @ Primacoustic in Port Coquitlam.
    • James suggested:

the acoustic treatment in the space is the easy part. I would suggest a London 16 room kit and 2 Stratus Clouds.

http://www.primacoustic.com/london-16/

http://www.primacoustic.com/stratus/

The more difficult issue is the isolation from above.

First step I would look into is framing a sub ceiling (2x6) and filling space with Roxul Safe n Sound Mineral wool insulation (home depot) Then I would use Quietrock drywall (sound isolating of 7 layers of drywall available special order at HD) I would the caulk all the seams using Greenglue acoustical caulking.

Hardwood will help I would also suggest an area rug if possible. (Real hardwood has a much warmer resonance than laminate).
There are easy ways to apply the panel hardware to both cinder block and drywall.

  • this lead to a room-in-a-room concept:
    • vapour barrier on floor
    • build inner room around 8x12 with regular ceiling height, using recommended drywall
    • rock wool insulation between inner and real walls and on ceiling.
    • inside room put down plywood subfloor with a gap from the walls to reduce vibration from floor to walls
    • laminate on ply
    • rugs on laminate
    • hang acoustic panels you recommended
  • James’s feedback on this: “he room in a room concept works great if you have the space and the skills. Your process sounds good. A sub floor is always a good idea under laminate over concrete.”
  • QuietRock is equivalent to 7 layers of regular drywall in terms of sound dampening
  • there is/was a QuietRock supplier in Campbell River that Kevin recommended. They also had the appropriate metal mounting brackets and anti-vibration fasteners for drywall-on-drywall installation. Via QuietRock.com Slegg in Cumberland is a dealer.
  • Julian was highly recommended Autex Vertiface (NZ made, polyester based, very fire resistant, very durable) and Autex suggested Cube would be a better choice
  • US/Canada rep is Jeremy Winter. Was willing to try and help re cost- eg left over from an order/cancelled order stock in LA at reduced cost. BUT had to sell whole lot/no choice of colours…Probably not realistic, but if someone is building a high-end home theatre, perhaps we could co-order a couple of sheets.
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