Creative Underground is solution and detailed oriented, both of which are key attributes for a successful sound containment / acoustic design project. We have over 20 years experience designing and building sound-containment solutions. Whether you are trying to minimize the noise coming from your laundry room, or build a world-class production facility – a sound containment consultant is essential to your project’s success.
Why do I need a sound containment & design consultant? My contractor says he’s soundproofed rooms before
To quote Del Griffith in Planes, Trains, and automobiles “If they told you wolverines would make good house pets, would you believe them?”
If you are investing your hard-earned money in a sound-containment project, you deserve to have your expectations and goals met. This requires an understanding of the key principles of acoustics and acoustic design. It requires taking baseline measurements, analysis of your sound containment goals, and ultimately designing custom solutions for every element of your projects design, and I mean EVERY element; from wall design to ceiling design, from electrical to HVAC. Every decision; every product, every fastener, every specification.
Sound Proofing Myths and Legends
There are numerous, often popular, sound proofing myths and legends that offer no significant sound containment benefits . Spray foam, egg crates, and acoustical foam are three of the most common, but there are many more out there. Again, it is important to work with an experienced professional that has a proven track record of creating sound containment solutions. There are tried and trusted materials and techniques, and working with an experienced professional will ensure that you are given the right materials, techniques, and designs to meet your goals.
Why the details are so important
The devil is in the details with a sound containment project. A design or construction error as simple as a screw being ½” too long, fusing two surfaces together can create a flanking path for sound and vibration that can completely undermine the financial investment made in the project. Similarly there are many aspects of a sound containment project that are frequently overlooked. It is therefore always recommended to work with an experienced professional to ensure that both the designs and implementation of those designs will allow adherence to the sound containment goals and requirements for the project. Ideally this person should also be available on-site to supervise the building process, and ensure the designs are followed to the tee, as soundproof building methodologies and products are not commonly used or understood by builders and can often be misunderstood or misused. Further, builders tend to work as quickly as possible, without understanding the possible ramifications of small errors. A keen eye is required to oversee and ensure that mistakes are corrected, or ideally not made at all.
Sound containment is not easy, and it’s not cheap to do. There are no shortcuts, and it requires careful planning and execution to get right. Done well, you will have an attractive, functional and safe space to maximize the creativity and productivity of your talent for many years.