Practice space.....soundproof type

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Ryan in Texas, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. kinetic711

    kinetic711 Piano User

    Sep 15, 2014
    North Eastern Ont, Canada
    I agree with kehaulani. I really like my silent brass system for trumpet. It allows me to practice as long as I like, whenever I like. It must be said, high quality headphones are a must with this system; they make all the difference. I find, after removing the silent brass, I can play softer and sweeter than ever with a beautiful tone; just my experience. I like the silent brass so much, I just bought a silent brass mute for flugelhorn to use with the same system.

  2. Branson

    Branson Piano User

    Jan 16, 2011
    An easy and cheep solution to your problem would be to visit a home improvement store, purchase a bag of shredded rubber pellets which are used to cover playgrounds and is advertised as rubber mulch. Fill a large cardboard box with the material, leave the top open and direct your bell into the box. This stuff is great for absorbing sound. It works well also for a pellet trap when shooting your pellet rifle.
  3. RRVancil

    RRVancil Piano User

    Sep 24, 2009
    Littleton, Colorado
    Regarding the box, how about making it out of the foil-backed styrofoam used in home construction. You can get this in various thicknesses and using the foil duct tape, I think it would be cheaper and easier to build than the plywood version.

  4. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Reiterating, I dislike ALL mutes, including YSB, but nonetheless I use them when the music or conductor calls for them or there is no alternative to my usage of YSB.
  5. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Actually, Menards sells a soundproof product made out of blue jeans! It works great as long as you don't forget to use it on the ceiling above if you are playing on the lower level. It's actually thicker that that pink stuff and a lot safer to apply.
  6. Ryan in Texas

    Ryan in Texas Pianissimo User

    Aug 12, 2015
    San Antonio
    It may work, provided you cover the whole exterior with the tape. Styrofoam tends to resonate, and those panels are covered in a sheer layer of plastic, which may make it a little reflective. maybe some blankets over the box?
  7. Tjnaples

    Tjnaples Piano User

    Aug 30, 2013
    Let's all remember we picked the trumpet to play. There's no hiding it that one way or another will know we play it.
  8. Ryan in Texas

    Ryan in Texas Pianissimo User

    Aug 12, 2015
    San Antonio
    So, come out of the closet??? I'm here, I play trumpet, get used to it? ROFL
  9. Tjnaples

    Tjnaples Piano User

    Aug 30, 2013
    Exactly! Might as well start by doing taps for your neighbors at sunset like the one guy haha.
  10. Newell Post

    Newell Post Piano User

    Mar 31, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    So, in my day job, I'm an architect and I have to deal with building acoustics, although I'm not an acoustical specialist.

    There are two different kinds of acoustical problems in designing practice rooms and studios: reflection and transmission. For the stated question, you are mostly dealing with transmission.

    To cut down on transmission, you need a combination of mass and "fluffiness." The mass cuts down on some frequencies and the fluffy stuff cuts down on others. The cheapest and easiest way to add mass in a house is to add additional layers of drywall. ("GWB") If you build stud walls, fill the stud spaces with batt insulation, and add TWO LAYERS of 5/8" GWB on each side of the studs (4 layers total). That provides pretty good mass. Use at least 2 layers of GWB on the ceiling of the room. Use a tight-fitting, weatherstripped solid core door and that's about the best you can do in normal USA house construction. Tape, spackle, and caulk all joints and seams with normal building products and make sure all crevices are filled. They sell special "acoustical sealants" but those are usually just normal caulking at a higher price point.

    Adding carpet, acoustical tile or panels inside the room can cut down on reflection inside the room. You might benefit from that while practicing, but it won't make much difference for the other people in the house.

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