Category: Tips & Tricks

We will be honest - this category is the place where we dump all of the soundproofing tips that don't quite fit into any of our other categories. Whether you want to know how to make your high heels quieter or what active noise cancellation is, this is the place to look for those more obscure soundproofing answers! 

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How To Determine The STC Rating Of A Wall

STC stands for Sound Transmission Class and is a rating of how well a structure reduces the transmission of airborne sound (also known as attenuation). The higher the STC, the better the barrier is against sound. When STC is talked about, it is mostly related to doors, walls, ceilings and windows. Calculating the STC is […]

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How to Make Heels Quieter Using Heel Silencers & Other Methods

High heels can be very noisy, particularly on hard floors. While some people may find heel noise attractive, it can also be disturbing and annoying. If you work in a quiet office or you are just particularly conscious of the noise your heels make then there are ways you can silence them without having to […]

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Cork Soundproofing: How Effective Is It?

Cork is a natural soundproofing material that is made from cork oak tree bark. Cork gets its brilliant soundproofing properties from billions of tiny cells, 35 million per square centimeter, which trap layers of nitrogen and oxygen between them. This gives cork a flexible membrane that is responsible for its characteristic bounce or elasticity which […]

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How To Make A Clock Quieter: A Step By Step Guide

Traditional clocks are great until you are trying to relax… The continuous ticking of a nearby clock is enough to drive a person crazy but before you rip the clock off the wall and throw it out, take a look at these quick and simple ways to quieten the ticking of a clock once and […]

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Sound Absorbing Plants For Outdoor And Indoor Noise Dampening

Plants are one of the most underutilized sound dampening solutions available. High-end hotels routinely shroud their seating areas with tall leafy plants, while many gardens also make use of tall dense hedges to dampen road sound and create a quiet garden oasis. If you're in a rush check out our quick summary of the best […]

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DIY Bass Traps: How To Make One

The purpose of bass traps is to dampen and reduce the resonance of low-frequency noise such as bass.  Bass builds up noticeably in corners, particularly where walls meet floors, ceilings or another wall (more on this later), so they are typically used in the corners of rooms such as recording studios, concert halls and cinemas […]

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How to Quiet an Air Compressor: 7 Steps

An air compressor is one of the most versatile machines you can own in terms of applicability. From nail guns, wrenches, and spray paint guns, all the way to leaf blowers, chainsaws, and inflating car or bike tires, air compressors can be used to power all sorts of equipment for household repairs as well as […]

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What Is A Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) Rating?

Noise Reduction Coefficient (also known as ANC) is a rating system that goes from 0 to 1.0, the score tells you how effective an acoustic item is at absorbing sound. Contents The NRC Rating ScaleHow Is NRC Calculated?Products That Use NRC RatingsWhat are NRC Products Useful For? The NRC Rating Scale A score of 0 […]

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Soundproofing: What It Is, How It Works & How To Do It

Noise pollution is a growing problem for billions of people across the globe who are far more likely lawto live in busy cities than our ancestors were. The primary problem with excessive noise is that it can cause poor sleep which can lead to a myriad of problems which impact every area of your life. […]

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How The Speed of Sound Changes In Different Materials

The speed that sound travels largely depends on the material type. For example, sound waves travel fastest when they are moving through solids and tend to travel a lot slower when moving through gases and liquids. This is a very broad summary as it’s not only the type of material that makes a difference to […]

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