Depending on your line of work (or even just your hobbies), making and installing an acoustic barrier can be a must, or at the very list should be quite high on your list of priorities. It is very helpful as it limits the sound you experience from the outside, as well as keeps the sounds you play yourself inside your studio or your room (wherever you install it). Normally, when it comes to installing an acoustic barrier, one would hire a professional to do so. But in reality, it is not completely necessary, especially if you know what to do. Aside from purchasing the materials themselves, if you have the tools to properly install an acoustic barrier, then you do not need to pay the extra expenses of having to hire a professional, you can simply do it yourself. It is no walk in the park however; it can be a lot of work, so if you are not up to it then you are better off hiring someone to do it for you. If you are willing to at least make the acoustic barrier, continue reading this article as it provides a list of advice you can follow so that you can make out exactly what kind of materials do what, which will allow you to make the kind of acoustic barrier you want and ready it for installing.
- Know your gobos. Gobos are the names given to materials that have sound reflecting or absorbing qualities that are paramount in making an acoustic barrier. One of the most common gobos is the duct board, which is used for air conditioning—with this kind of material, it will be able to properly absorb the sound (the treble to be precise), but it will not be able to absorb the base. This can be useful if you are attempting to separate the two in some way (which is common in home studios), but if you just want it to block off the sound in general, it may not be the best acoustic barrier for the job—this is mainly because of the tin foil attached to it.
- Reinforce the duct board. If you want it to block all of the sound, then you need to replace the tin foil, which is in one side of the gobos with a masonry type of board, which is useful for absorbing both the treble and the bass of any and all sounds that come from inside or outside of the affected area. If you are not interested in blocking out only the treble, then this is the type of gobos for you. It is easy enough to find and purchase, and if you do not wish to do that, you can merge the two types of panels together with an adhesive—purchasing them separately can be more cost-effective as well.
- Choose the kind of barrier you want, and ready it for installing. You can purchase a panel of each first, and test the gobos out to see which one you prefer, so you can be absolutely sure that you want one over the other. Once you have made the decision, simply buy more of either the duct board with the tin foil or make more of the duct board with the masonry type of board attached to it (being sure that you have enough to cover the walls of the room), and begin the process of installing.
It really is quite easy to acquire and make an acoustic barrier; the challenge is in installing it in your home or studio. Good luck!