FLOORS

Adding a floating floor can dramatically increase your sound isolation because it disconnects the whole room structure from the rest of the building. This is especially necessary when isolation of low frequencies such as bass drums and bass amps is required.

There are two ways of floating a floor.

  • Floating Timber Floor
  • Floating Concrete Floor

The floating timber floor is the more typical for a home studio whereas commercial studios (usually built in commercial buildings) usually opt for the floating concrete floor.

Floating timber floor

This consists of laying a double layer of 16mm (5/8") plywood or particle board flooring on 100 x 50 (4" x 2") joists that have neoprene pads placed at the points where the original flooring joists are. Rockwool is placed in the cavity between the joists to dampen any resonance.

rockwool or loose fibre fill pads set at 450mm (18") intervals second layer laid at 90 degrees to first layer joists set at 450mm centres

FLOATING TIMBER FLOOR

Floating Concrete Floor

Floating a concrete floor also gives excellent isolation. You can suspend the floor:

  • on proprietary spring loaded suspension pads that are commercially available
  • or you can float it on plastic which sits on a double layer of fibreglass with a layer of fibreboard sandwiched between the sheets.

these mountings are available commercially heavy density fibreglass or rockwool standard steel reinforcing mesh either wide duct laid in concrete or polypipe laid when pouring cement

FLOATING CONCRETE FLOOR

As you can imagine the concrete compresses the fibreboard between the sheets of fibreglass and creates a multimedium isolation barrier. The concrete has a reinforcing steel mesh laid in it.

Cable Ducts

Don't forget to place your cable ducts in whatever floor structure you choose. There is nothing worse than cables all over the floor in a studio because they forgot to lay proper cable ducts. The ducts can be standard poly drain pipe or you can create a wide shallow duct in your formwork. It is advisable to run your power down one duct and your audio down another or split your one duct into two as shown.

removeable plywood plate with underlay and carpet fixed so that easy access to cables can be made it is advisable to lay pawer and audio in separate ducts to aviod electrical interference

CABLE DUCT

When your cables go through walls make sure that you seal around them or all the work you put into creating a sealed room will be lost.

 

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