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Rent a basement, a ground floor level, or an apartment ?
Old 4 days ago
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Rent a basement, a ground floor level, or an apartment ?

Hi Guys, this is my first message,
I live in a very expensive city in Canada, and i am about to move from my little studio.
I just visited 3 differents places today:
. A basement in a house ( all rooms have windows)
. A ground level in a house of 3 levels ( all rooms have windows as well )
. An apartment in a old building, and same things, 3 differents rooms with windows

I really don’t know what would be the best configuration to set up and soundproof my lab ?
I don’t want to rent something for one year, and have complains from neighbors.

Thank you for all your advices !

Old 4 days ago
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If you want to control the bass frequences, the basement would be best if the ceiling height is decent. Say you use electronic drums, at least the kick pedal will not both people under you.

Ceiling height and irregular shape rooms would be my next thing. Whatever place has the largest room for recoring and listening.
Old 4 days ago
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Interesting, thank you.
I created music so many years in a basement without windows. My biggest concern is about windows, all the places i visited have, and don’t seem to be really thick...
Old 3 days ago
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Hey man,

Welcome to the forums. I’m quite new here as well and was in the same situation as you a few months ago. I also live in an expensive city in Canada. I’m assuming you are either in Toronto or Vancouver?

Anyways, I would avoid a basement at all costs. If you are in Toronto, that means the homes are quite old with lower ceilings and no insulation or sound deadening between the joists. I was in a basement apartment and could hear ever little needle drop from the tenants upstairs. It was a horrible experience. All basements are also mostly illegal as there is no safe secondary exit. If you do end up finding a basement, make sure you ask if it is legal. It’s like the wild Wild West out here.

Main floor would be a better option if you are looking to move into a home apartment but again, depends on whether you have neighbors beside you, in basement, or above you. Unless you plan on doing heavy construction you wil most likely have nothing but problems with noise like I did. The older homes (unless renovated and you can confirm sound treatment was handled during the landlords renovation) are super leaky. There are some nice pads though but all depends on your pocket size here in Toronto.

I went with a nice studio apartment in an older apartment building. Why? Well, the older apartment buildings were built like tanks. Massive concrete walls and higher ceilings unlike the newer builds these days. The most noise I get is some loud thumps and stuff from the guys above me walking with super heavy feet or an odd slam of the door from the hallway. I still haven’t weather stripped my door yet though so thats why I hear hallway noise. Also, my place has an exterior wall, I face the stairwell and only have one neighbor beside me who I never hear. And they blast their tv. I can hear them very clearly from the hallway when I exit my place but once I’m in my little oasis, nothing.

I’m in the process of measuring and treating my space right now and have been sharing my journey as I progress. Check it out here:

Just moved in! New Studio Build

Have pictures of my space and everything.

So if I were you, look for a place that is going to allow you to make music comfortably without having to drop too much dough on isolation. Old apartment was my pick. It was also cheaper then most basement apartments in the area!!

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

P.S. if you can find a store top apartment that would be ideal. I wanted to go this route but it was way out of my budget.

Old 2 days ago
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Originally Posted by mikegolden View Post
I really don’t know what would be the best configuration to set up and soundproof my lab ?
Get a soundproof booth. If you move, you have something that can be disassembled.
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