Archive for the ‘soundproofing’ Category

Music Reform is About to Hit Melbourne

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Music reform is coming to the Melbourne area, but it may not make everyone happy. While Melbourne is acknowledged, even by Parliament, as one of the biggest cultural assets (and tourist assets), there are going to be some reforms to control soundproofing complaints and issues.

Of most notable concern, not just in Melbourne but in areas around the world, is who is responsible when a music venue moves into a neighborhood and starts to make noise. Was the neighborhood already noisy? Was the apartment added next to a bar? In Melbourne, the reform will make the answer to these questions very simple.

Whoever is responsible for changing the face of the neighborhood will be the one to bear the brunt of the soundproofing costs. If the neighborhood has bars and music venues but you choose to move into an apartment nearby, you’ll have to pay to soundproof your apartment. If, on the other hand, the music venue is the new addition to the neighborhood, the music venue will have to bear the brunt of the costs to ensure it does not cause a disturbance.

This seems pretty fair and is geared towards helping the music industry survive where it might otherwise be held responsible for soundproofing costs (or court costs if they want to try to win a fight). Do you think this sounds fair?


Russia’s Kempinski Hotel is Luxurious – and Quiet

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The hustle and bustle of daily life in Moscow, Russia can be quite chaotic. The capital city is full of residents, business persons, and tourists throughout the entire year.

It’s not abnormal to check into a hotel in Moscow and still fill as if you’re on the city streets. A lot of the hotels serve liquor in the lobby bars and the chaos seems to carry in from the streets.

The Nikolskaya Kempinski hotel is different, though. Burkhard Wolter, the manger of the hotel, worked hard to make sure the newest building was located in what he called a subdued area. According to The Moscow Times, made sure the lobby had soundproof windows, further enhancing the peaceful effect.

The Kempinski wasn’t always a quiet place. It was originally an apartment building, built in 1870. It took 6 years to restore and convert the hotel, including the movement of a power substation and the restoration of years of neglect to what is still considered a historic building.

Headed to Moscow sometime soon? Check out the Kempinski and let us know what it was like. Our curiosity is piqued!

Hotel Soundproofing in NYC

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012


The upscale 5 star hotel in New York City next to Central Park “The Mark Hotel” won’t settle for anything less than the best. From a  complimentary shoe shine by staff trained by renowned British shoemaker John Lobb to rooms designed by Jacques Grange you’ll only find the best at The Mark Hotel. So when the engineers realized that communicating doors at adjoining rooms are allowing sound to leak through from room to room they did their research and decided to seal the gaps at the bottom and jambs and headers of the doors with high quality door gaskets and automatic door bottoms. This is a great move on the part of The Mark sure to please their clientele and insure that they have a quiet and serene stay. Let’s hope other hotels take the cue and also start paying more attention to this very crucial customer satisfaction needs, sound control.


Hotel Soundproofing in New Orleans

Friday, April 20th, 2012
Pelham Hotel LA

Pelham Hotel LA

As part of their updates and rehab the Pelham Hotel of New Orleans has addressed a long standing complaint of hotel stayers worldwide. The complaint of noise from the hallway coming into the rooms from the gaps at the perimeter of the door and the lack of privacy of the sound of the bedrooms going out into the hallways via the gaps around the doors. They accomplished this by installing automatic door bottoms to seal the gap at the bottom of the door and adjustable door gaskets to seal gaps at the jambs and headers of the doors. Good Job Pelham! Let’s hope other hotels continue this trend and pay more attention to the sound proofing of their doors, walls, floors and ceilings (and windows).

Moda Hotel Undergoes Soundproofing

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Moda Hotel, in Vancouver, BC, recently announced that they are beginning soundproofing efforts. The announcement was made in February via a Twitter post, which we think is a great way of keeping in touch with modern visitors.

The hotel takes customer feedback very seriously. They apparently had quite a number of reviews on TripAdvisor, complaining about the sound levels. They took those reviews to heart and put a plan in motion. We can’t wait to see how the upgrades turn out!

How to Stop Snoring While Traveling

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Some people snore all the time. Others only snore while they’re traveling or when they are ill or under stress. Either way, you may find that snoring while traveling can be a hinderance to your work, especially if you have to share a  room with others while you work.

The solution? There are now devices called “Stop Snoring Mouthpieces” that you should be able to purchase in a pharmacy or health supply store. It looks like a mouth guard and is molded to fit your teeth, but holds your jaw in a position that is not conducive to snoring.

You can’t always find a soundproof hotel while on the road, so make sure you take something with you so that you don’t bother others!

Soundproof Dividers?

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Need to split up your home or office space on a limited budget? Consider adding some soundproof dividers. You can either purchase them premade or make your own out of some drywall and green glue. You could also make a sound screen, similar in nature to a divider but easier to move around.

There are options for those looking to soundproof on a budget. You just have to be a bit creative!

Help! The Toilet is Over My Head!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Here’s a funny question from a reader (ok, it’s not really funny). He found himself in a precarious position. His bedroom is located beneath the house’s main bathroom. He can hear not only the sound of flushing but… well… the sound of the business being done to begin with.

Our suggestion? Forget undoing the plumbing in the bathroom. Simply apply some Green Glue and a second layer of drywall to the ceiling in your bedroom. This will provide a sound absorbing barrier and you should hear much less, if anything at all.

Materials 101: Windows

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Here’s a huge soundproofing myth regarding materials you’ll want to avoid, if you can. Believe it or not, while your windows are a HUGE contributor when it comes to noise, you don’t need to run out and replace them.


Simply adding a second layer of glass, creating an insulated 1-inch gap between the layers, is actually more effective than dual pane glass or “soundproof” glass.

Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton of money replacing your house to get good soundproofing results. You just have to work smart.

Soundproofing a Door with Slats

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The other day we saw a question on a form about soundproofing a door with open slats. According to the writer, it sounds as if there may as well not be a door to the room at all. The noise is unbearable to anyone trying to sleep inside.

Our suggestion? All the soundproofing in the world won’t change the fact that the door has slats. The cheapest and most effective alternative would be to simply replace the door with something more solid so that sound can’t pass through as easily. You can always put the original doors back up before you move out.

What would you do?