Monday, May 24, 2010

Any sound control experts out there?

We are looking at some different options for dampening some of the noise in our taproom. When it gets going, it can get pretty loud. One option we are looking at is installing soundproofing tiles in places between the overhead girders. But I'd be the first to tell you that I don't know what the heck I'm doing. Any soundproofing guys out there, that would want to swap their expertise for some beer?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm no expert, but the more "soft" stuff you put in there the better it will be. Couches, rugs (on floor or wall. Anything fluffy will absorb rather than reflect the sound.

Andrew said...

This is the first time I've heard (pun!) of a restaurant/bar owner actually noticing the noise problem and seeking to do something about it. Thanks, Linus!

And, er, I'm no expert either, but I'm sure Nashville has one or two...

Anonymous said...

I can help-a friend pointed me this way. I need some more information though. Email me offline and we can get a correspondence going.
bradberridge@me.com

Chewieez said...

The best sound insulator is air. So trap air behind a soft barrier. Those tiles may help if they let sound in (noise) and then once the sound is past the tile, it should be diffused by different shapes behind the tiles and not bounce back into the main room.

Hanging or building things in front of your brick walls work well too. Like even a simple blanket that is placed a foot from the wall will help. It will soak up the sound that hits is, the sound that goes through the blanket will hit the wall and bounce back into the blanket and be reabsorbed.

Sound absorption is all about trapping air.

Anonymous said...

Another business venue to check with and ask would be a theater designer or owner, especially the multi-theater places. They must keep sound away from the other rooms in the same building. I have also heard egg cartons stapled to the walls and ceiling works great. :)

DJ B said...

cloth drapes hung in shallow arcs from the ceiling will do an amazing job of damping the sound, will look great and... they're cheap!

Dennick said...

Soundproofing: Yazoo is a brewery not a coffee shop. These "fluffy" ideas are ridiculous. Linus, there are soundproofing materials available that can be sprayed directly on girders that will absorb and dampen sound. Many local bars and clubs in the area do this. Also, a entire wall of brick (or 1/2 brick) from the old Marathon building on the wall common to the brewery would add extra damping "ooph" as well as pay homage to the original Marathon location.

hophead smith said...

Oh how I wished I lived near to the brewery. I would glady trade beer for work.
Hard surfaces & parallel surfaces are your enemy. Google "anechoic chamber design" and you will get a lesson on how to completely deaden a room-no reflection with strong absorbtion.
There are spray on materials that help and there is also a 1 lb per sq. ft. heavy rubberized material that can be hung whole or in strips 1`-2" off of the wall that will soften the noise.
Good luck.