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Kim Fuller
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:15 pm    Post subject: floor under studio...mat? Reply with quote

We've converted the sunroom in our new house into a working studio space. It's small, 126 sf - and also shares a wall with the kitchen and a wall with the laundry room. Shouldn't be an issue since we just won't use those rooms when one of us is recording.

But the new floor in the room is going to be a wood-look vinyl tile and we want to protect the floor from the booth, and possibly also cut down some vibration from the neighborhood coming through.

Any recommendations as to a protective, sound-reducing mat that can be placed over floor and beneath booth to reduce noise coming up through the floor?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

horse stall mats?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out restaurant supply companies for kitchen floor mats. Some are thick, full of holes, and therefore light and flexible.



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll echo Todd... there was quite a buzz around the audiobook groups a couple of years ago when horse-stall mats were suggested.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gym floor mats. Any closed-cell isloation layer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're going to be standing directly on the resilient floor, any of the above suggestions is good. But it sounds like you're planning to set up a booth on top of the new floor inside this room. If your main goal is to protect the floor, with a bonus of a little sound isolation, any old carpet remnant should do.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim, another thought is to elevate the booth slightly with wheels or hockey pucks or something. I haven't tried this myself, but I've heard that limiting contact points to just a few can make a difference. Perhaps a combo of one the suggestions here and elevation would work best. I'd ask George Whittam for his thoughts.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A thought only: One inch of rubber/mass vinyl (mat of jigsaw pieces) under the booth will isolate fairly.

Two inches will be better. Hockey pucks or similar small points of contact do not actually decrease vibration (as can be demonstrated with 3D printers) but may increase the rocking points of the structure if not perfectly balanced.

Horse stall mats work well, as Todd mentioned and are fairly inexpensive compare to commercial sound/audio specific alternatives.

Reflective concerns might also be something to investigate. Not just in the "booth" but in your editing/work area outside of the booth.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, all - we've got a little shopping around to do. Studio should be done on Wednesday, then as soon as we get the floor protection in place, booth can be moved - and....that's going to be fun. Custom wood booth, double walled., 6 x 4 interior dimensions. That sucker is heavy and awkward. Might be we'll hire some muscle. .
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck, Kim! Let us know how you handle things--and do talk with GW or another expert. Relying on the "expertise" of VOs can be dangerous :)

And post a pic or two!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooooh pictures! We nee pictures! Blackmail is good.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several years ago, George told me to float my booth on hockey pucks. And so I did. For a little extra floor protection, you may want to think about a cut-to size berber carpet piece (carpet side down) as your base layer, then a layer of pucks (you can buy a dozen of them at a time!), then the booth on top.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My booth sits on Auralex Floor Floaters, which essentially serve the same purpose as Karyn's hockey pucks. And everything sits on top of carpet. The Floor Floaters are designed to be slipped over 2x4 floor joists, so if those are not exposed on the underside of your booth, you can't really use them. In that case, the hockey pucks would be a more practical option.
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