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Old 22nd September 2019
  #1
Gear Head
 

Sound proofing

Hi I have a venue, capacity 220. It is an old building with single glazed windows.
It is also listed so we can not double glaze..

Looking for ideas to soundproof windows with something we can add , remove, as and when..

Any advice would be much appreciated , thanks ..
Old 22nd September 2019
  #2
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“Soundproof”. To what degree? Do you have SPL inside/outside readings?
What hours are you using this venue? What is in the neighborhood... is it commercial zoning?
What kind of music?
You can make very thick window plugs, but since you can’t permanently fix the plugs to the surrounding structure there will be low frequency leakage.
Old 22nd September 2019
  #3
Gear Head
 

Thank you at present we do not have SPL readings but will look into that.

Our venue is a Mill, there are residential properties close, but we are in a valley and the property’s are up a little..

Our times are evenings lisicened until 1:00 with the music varying from live bands, DJ’ Private functions etc .. what we want to do is limit the sound to a mi I understand without a big budget .. thanks ..
Old 23rd September 2019
  #4
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DIY Rockwool curtains?
Old 23rd September 2019
  #5
Spend some money and hire an acoustician. It will be money well spent. They can advise you on what works best and is most cost effective, other wise you are guessing . FWIW
Old 23rd September 2019
  #6
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Originally Posted by Thomas W. Bethe View Post
Spend some money and hire an acoustician. It will be money well spent. They can advise you on what works best and is most cost effective, other wise you are guessing . FWIW
True that. "Sound Proofing" is not something that is economically efficient given your description as the only way to effectively sound proof from an adjacent space or exterior is to eliminate mechanical propagation of vibrations.

If you were looking for "Acoustic Treatment" then there are some products for glass that allow for absorption via stand-offs for clear perforated panels that would comply with your historic requirements.
Old 23rd September 2019
  #7
Gear Head
 

Thanks so much. Gonna have a chat with an Acoustician.. really appreciate the advice ..
Old 24th September 2019
  #8
Gear Maniac
 

There is a big difference between soundproofing and wanting to keep the stray bit of noise coming out of windows!

As was said before, playback music at normal show level and go outside with an spl meter/cell phone app/ your own ears and see if noise is even an issue.



You main concern will be having something that meets the safety requiments for fire and egress.
Old 27th September 2019
  #9
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Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
DIY Rockwool curtains?
No...will not work, even if you fill the venue with Rockwool, the only way to "soundproof" or isolate is to stop the sound from escaping the room/building, and limit/control/prevent the vibration of the building. Damping the inside of the room will only control/dampen the reflections in the room.

Depending on the existing building and the level of isolation needed, this could turn out to be a very expensive and involved project....soundproofing cannot be "fixed" with acoustic treatments. Thomas gave the correct response in post #5 .
Old 27th September 2019
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You guys are most likely correct and I'm no expert yet the original request was just to soundproof the windows with something that was removable and not too expensive. Soundproofing the whole venue is another can of worms all together.
Old 27th September 2019
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Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
You guys are most likely correct and I'm no expert yet the original request was just to soundproof the windows with something that was removable and not too expensive. Soundproofing the whole venue is another can of worms all together.
To state the obvious, “soundproofing” parts of the perimeter doesn’t meet a meaningful definition of the word.
Old 1st October 2019
  #12
Gear Addict
You should talk to a professional, but I think what people are saying is you can't selectively "soundproof" parts of a building.
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