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m4rk

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I'm sure this has been addressed before, but I really need some advise.
Just moved into a house with very thin walls. Neighbours aren't a problem (yet), it's the wife. She moans alot.
Bought an esax mute from sax.co. Hate it, bulky, awkward and frustrating to use. My next plan is to soundproof the garage!

Please advise on how to soundproof a room. I don't really want to get divorced!
 

ProfJames

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Look up a company called VoiceAssociates. Lots of good advice. The easiest and cheapest way are long heavy drapes.
 

Targa

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Soundproofing a room could be expensive.
Why not play backing tracks through headphones and then you won't hear moaning wife.
 

jeremyjuicewah

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Bad news if you are of normal financial status. Easiest is to follow advice I was given early on with this issue, which is to stuff 'em. I have a silencer for the alto, clumsy but effective, but dont often play alto. I would send the wife back to her mum, hit the sauce and chance it with the neighbours. Mine find me quite funny now and egg me on which since they are largely a ferocious bunch is a bit of a result. Honest, even if you stuff the thing with socks its no good cos your playing suffers after a bit, you need to be able to practice freely. Seriously, good luck, but stick to your guns.
Best wishes
Mike
 

Fraser Jarvis

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Soundproofing a room could be expensive.
Why not play backing tracks through headphones and then you won't hear moaning wife.
Ha ha, like it! but seriously your not going to play at your best or improve as well as you should if you've got the constant worry of upsetting someone its just going to hold you back, your always going to try and play as quietly as possible, which is bad. short of spending a load on sound proofing ther's not a lot you can do short of finding a quiet field somewere, only other option is talk to your neighbors and find out when they will be out, then you can go for it..
 

Justin Chune

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A friend of mine built a great little studio in his garage. It is large enough to play sax quartets. He has his computer and a sound system set up as well. The place is heated by his central heating system.

If you can afford it this will be a good investment for years to come. Don't forget to insulate the concrete floor.

Jim.
 

RichardSX90

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My next plan is to soundproof the garage!
Please advise on how to soundproof a room.

A lot of useful information here:

Part 1
Practical Studio Soundproofing, Part 1

Part 2
Practical Studio Soundproofing, Part 2

Part 3
Practical Studio Soundproofing, Part 3

Part 4
Practical Studio Soundproofing, Part 4

One of the main points is mass and frequency.
More mass is needed to absorb low frequencies.

A room within in room would be very effective, if you no longer need space for your car.
Lots of information on the Internet e.g.
http://www.keepitquiet.co.uk/soundproofing_garage.html
 
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