But you can think how sound travels through air when talking versus through water.
right! water is (i can imagine the wall) the worst possible (other than a metal)"material" to soundproof as it is the opposite of 'dead-air' and is, surprisingly enough one of sounds best conduits IE: sound travels miles in water (think whales) while the perturbations of air molecules kill it (sound) ...that fact used to freak me out buuut, tis true, tis true.
I disagree re: filling the space to be soundproofed (between false walls) I've worked in(or for) many studios that have tried very very different approaches to the whole "i want more (lol) than JUST air in that space, by gawd!" aesthetic. L O O S E (as in very-very 'loose') insulation works fairly well but BY FAR the best 'filler' i've come across can be purchased in bulk at (hold onto yer hat) the local UPS/Fed-ex Shipping 'store' ... the 'packing peanuts' work wonders BUT "that shipping stuff that drive ya bonkers near X-Mas" AKA BB-Sized 'Styrofoam spheres'(or a tad larger , or mixed sizes) has impressed me the most, and for (i never thought of using it) good reason(s): not only do the varying sizes of the spheres disrupt the flow of sound-waves, but they are, by design, made of a very (lol)'hole-y' (lots of air molecules) substance (packing-Styrofoam)
all in all the wide worlds of
sound-sculpting (a mix/master room)
sound management (the 'live room' verses the 'drum room'/'vocal booth'-etc)
continue to challenge and fascinate me.
as for my experience, sure i have put many years into this field but nothing like some of the shoulders i've worked over and with...
My friend Dave Ball (David 'Seva' Ball) who engineered and mastered a few bands and projects of mine in the 90's (as well as being our (Whitey) Live, FOH-sound-man(armed at the board w/ a Moog), was though by me to have fallen off the earth, which would be just like the strange bugger, but re-appeared with the coolest studio-gig i've heard of inna loong time... Check this out: Dave got a grant from the Grammy foundation as well (as some other foundation i'll have to re-ask him about) to restore and Master ALL of Robert Moog's original recordings.
Jealous? me? surely not! ha-ha!
....juss kidding , he is a gem of a crazy guy and i'm looking forward to hearing what he does with the Moog material!
(Oh he was the Co-Founder and inventor of many apps Via Waves-Ltd, as well... so he is that kinda genious that, while i love watching, could not imagine being as THAT kinda genious (as muh mentor Terry would say) "costs too much"
So yes, i have a ton of experience in the field but lol The Grammy Folks dont call me, lol, they call "Commander Dave" (and fer good reason)
thanks for the nice discourse, i rarely think about 'standing waves', 'soundprofing' and the like anymore BUT on the rare occasions the topic DOES come up , i find myself re-obsessed by it and always learn something :)
(and that, is what ITS all about)
Hopefully there will be MORE REC-Mix-Master-Etc posts as folks in the field join this fine, fine forum !
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