Charles Mokotoff wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:04 pm
The only thing that bugs me here is the HVAC is close to the room in which I practice, it can get fairly loud. I didn't have that issue in the house I moved from. If any one has any thoughts on how to dampen that sound, I'd be very interested in knowing, thanks.
I use a silent tower fan in my practice room. When not recording, I just ignore the air conditioner. When I want to record a track I set the thermostat a couple of degrees cooler (or hotter in the winter) then turn it off while recording. If it starts getting too warm I turn it back on and wait for it to cool down again before recording more. I use that time to run through the next piece I'm gonna record or review pieces I just recorded. Other options when it's too hot or too cold to do this are to use close micing techniques to cut out as much of the ambient noise as possible or to cover the vent in the practice room with an insulated padding (provided the noise is coming through the vent) and leave the door open so air from the other rooms creeps in. Blankets hanging over mic boom stands (put boom stand horizontal in a T position) can also cut out a lot of excessive sounds for recording and these and other types of screens can be used to 'block' some of the sound coming from the direction of the HVAC (even just for practicing). For this, sit on opposite side of room as the noise and make a mini isolation booth with the screens. And finally, if you have a practice room dedicated to music you can build an isolation booth which is basically a small room (box) within the room. This will need ventilation but you can use a silent fan system for that. There are many DIY projects for how to go about doing this, just search building an isolation booth/room for a home recording studio.
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