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How can I muffle or silence the speaker outside of my studio?
Old 1st September 2011
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How can I muffle or silence the speaker outside of my studio?

Hey guys, this is my first post so here goes:

My project studio is located in unit within a storage/warehouse-type environment: there are corridors outside with paging horns/overhead speakers that play music, make announcements (like a supermarket) etc.

SC Series Paging Horn Speakers

Unfortunately, there is one located right near my unit, and the radio is always playing in the background. The company policy is that they are not allowed to turn it off, so the unwanted sounds from the speakers always ruins my recordings.

I've already done some research on here:

1) Stuff the speaker with rags/pillows etc.
2) Make a soundproof booth

However, these are the summarised replies from my fellow Gearslutz:

1) The sounds weren't muffled or silenced enough
2) Too expensive/time consuming to build

I record mainly vocals and acoustic guitar.

What is a more effective, affordable and elegant solution to muffle or silence the speaker outside of my studio?

Thanks in advance!
Old 1st September 2011
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Ask to SEE the company policy. Talk to a higher up. Kill switch when recording. You pay rent too right??? Move speaker or move you.
Old 1st September 2011
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Or stop complaining so they'll forget about you, then some night get up in the ceiling a few feet away from your troublesome speaker and remove a lead. Make sure you take out a hunk not just a snip so it isn't easy to put back together. Also make the ends ratty so it looks like a rodent chewed it.

Chances are no one will ever notice that that one speaker isn't working.


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Old 1st September 2011
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sneaky 1.. like it digibear.. haha


Quote:
1) Stuff the speaker with rags/pillows etc.
Hmm.. rags/pillows wont give good STL. Try stuffing that with sheet lead. LOL
Old 1st September 2011
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sega View Post
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1) Stuff the speaker with rags/pillows etc.
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Stuff the speaker with polyurethane expandable foam, this will stop membrane mechanically... heh

Or move yourself from this place
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