Archive for March, 2010

The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a luxyr car, you can keep on dreaming. The Porsche is probably one of my favorite “dreams” but I somehow doubt I’ll ever be able to afford that monthly payment.

It’s nice to look, though, and if you’re able to consider a car like this you should. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS isn’t designed to be pretty (though it is) – it’s designed to be fast.

The computer systems are immaculate but the ammenities? Not so much. You don’t get a radio or air conditioner unless you request them and – sadly – there is no soundproofing at all. It’s a strange little car but, hey, people want to drive it!

Is Vehicle Soundproofing Safe?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We’re usually huge advocates of soundproof vehicles. No one wants to be distracted by engine noise while driving. The truth, though, is that some people take vehicle soundproofing a bit too far – and it simply isn’t safe.

If you’re cruising down the road at 70-mph, in your soundproof cabin, with your radio blaring, how will you hear the sound of an approaching police car or ambulance? If you’re not paying attention to the road, will you slow down near an accident scene? If not, you’ll end up hitting one of the emergency workers trying desperately to save lives.

Vehicle soundproofing is OK, but only if used wisely. Are you paying attention to the road?

Is Green Glue Eco-Friendly?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

One of the most common questions we get about soundproofing materials is whether or nor they are eco-friendly. While we can’t vouch for everything you find on store shelves we can tell you that Green Glue is made by a very earth conscious organization.

The makers of Green Glue put a lot of time and energy into making the safest soundproofing products possible. They’re non-carcinogenic, non-toxic, and are made from the safest chemicals possible. You’ll smell an odor when you use it, but that odor disappears quickly after application. You won’t find a product you feel safer using in your home!

Soundproof Carpet?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Out in the UK, a company called Manufacturer Desso claims to have developed a type of carpet with soundproofing properties. They hope it will be used in hotels, offices, and in multi-unit dwelling environments where sound is a particular concern.

The carpet is made with recycled polyester. Most carpets block 20-30% of sound decibels while this carpet is expected to block 30-40%. While we think it’s a great idea, we don’t think soundproof carpet is really going to give you the true soundproofing results you want to achieve. Proceed with caution!

Acoustic Damping Adhesive from Green Glue

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked a lot about Green Glue, what it is, and how it is used in soundproofing. In this video, Nigel Redman from Markertek demonstrates how Green Glue is used and why it works. If you’re a visual person, this video is one you need to see!

Tribeca Braces for a New Dog Kennel

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Here’s an interesting story. A building in Tribeca, in Lower Manhattan, has had some vacant ground floor and basement space for quite a while now. The upper floors are all residential units but the landlord has recently given the retail space downstairs to – you guess it – a kennel owner.

Residents are worried about having dogs as neighbors. Will they be too noisy? Will they disturb the peace?

Kennel owners claim they are waiting for permits so that they can do some interior work, including the installation of significant levels of soundproofing between the ground floor and residential units above.

Now, once the noise concerns are alleviated, they’ll have to worry about the stench.

How to Soundproof a Room

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Have you ever wondered how to soundproof a room on your own? It’s really easy and you don’t need to hire a contractor to do the job for you. Arthur Nixon from Acoustic Sciences shows us how to get started. He’s using soundboard instead of Green Glue but this video will help you to understand the process!

The Globe is Saved!

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

A popular nightclub, The Globe, was scheduled to close in Wales. The city of Cardiff had taken the club’s live music license away, citing noise complaints as the reason for its action.

The club had two choices: close for good (as live music was its bread and butter) or raise 25,000 pounds for soundproofing. The club thought it was going to simply have to close.

Patrons instead rallied together and raised the cash, with an anonymous donor making sure the goal was met. The club is now working on its soundproofing efforts and will reopen soon.

Middleton Motel Sues Bar

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

A hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin is suing a nearby bar because of its damaging effects on business.

The Scatz Sports Bar and Night Club is at the center of the debate. The owner of the Courtyard Marriot, located less than 90 feet away from the bar, has filed a lawsuit against Scatz. They did this after asking the township to revoke, suspend, or nonrenew the bar’s license. The noise, they say, is incredibly loud and disturbs guests in the hotel.

They’re not necessarily asking the bar to close, though. They are asking the owners to increase their soundproofing efforts – creating barriers, adjusting their amplifiers, and implementing better monitoring techniques.

Sounds like a familiar story.  The real question is why the Mariott didn’t soundproof the motel better. Time will tell whether or not the Mariott will win this case.