What is a Soundproof Enclosure?

  • Intermediate

A soundproof enclosure is a room or space that has been built with special materials that will block sound waves from traveling indoors or outdoors. Soundproof enclosures are widely used in several scenarios wherein there is a requirement to prevent stray noises from entering the room. A soundproof enclosure also helps to contain noises indoors.

Applications for Soundproof Enclosures

One of the most widespread uses of soundproof enclosures is in the music industry. When a recording session is in progress, it is vital that the sounds be kept as clear and distinct as possible. The different instruments and the voices of the singers need to stand out. In the absence of a soundproof enclosure, all the music we hear would be polluted with external, unwanted sounds. This is why a recording room is a prime example of a soundproof enclosure.

Soundproof enclosures are also used in science applications and research. Dealers who sell high-quality music equipment typically use soundproof enclosures to house their products. This way, customers can assess the musical capabilities of all the available products, without disturbing the peace outside the store. Soundproof enclosures are also used in religious settings wherein silence and peace are prime considerations. Conference rooms, lecture halls, restaurants, entertainment areas, and gymnasiums are all examples of areas that can benefit from soundproof enclosures.

The common homeowner can also benefit from having a soundproof enclosure. Many people know what it is like to have a sibling or family member that is very enthusiastic about music practice. Sometimes, the music may involve noisy drums and high-power equipment. A soundproof enclosure can provide the ideal environment for practicing music in such cases.

It's also a great addition to your home if you have a home theater system that you want to enjoy to its fullest. If you desire a quiet environment at home, whether it is to practice meditation or to do some work, a soundproof enclosure can come in handy. Soundproof enclosures can also be highly beneficial in apartment complexes, wherein some neighbors are far noisier than the rest.

How a Soundproof Enclosure is Created

Most soundproof enclosures are manufactured using professional methods such as building thick walls or double walls with soundproof insulation between them. Doors and windows in a soundproof enclosure must be made of special materials and complemented with window inserts to reduce noise by at least 50% or even up to 70% if using Acoustic Grade inserts. The walls and floors are also covered with sound-absorbing materials or sheets to absorb most of the sound.

The ceilings and the floors are also generally constructed in 2 layers in such a way that there is a void between the layers. The void is filled with a material such as Acoustic Foam with its distinctive wedge or pyramid shape making it highly effective at absorbing sound or Sound Insulation batts made of mineral wool, rock wool, or fiberglass.

If you want to create your own soundproof enclosure, you can do so without spending thousands of dollars on construction and remodeling. The first step is to ensure a completely insulated space that is free of cracks and openings. Then, cover all the surfaces in the room with a sound-absorbing material. Thick drapes and rugs work well for this purpose. Though these methods will not block out all the noise, they might prove to be adequate for personal purposes.