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Reducing your ambient noise level is like buying a larger amplifier or a more efficient speaker, your dynamic range will increase as well as your micro dynamic detail. You will hear the breath between the singers words, the fretting of the guitar, and the hammer hitting the strings on the piano, etc. It is amazing how treating your space can pay such huge dividends with so little outlay of cash.
Much less expensive than other treatments, try getting a dozen or two of artificial ficus trees. 5' and 8' as leafy as you can find. I have purchased a lot of artificial ficus from At Home stores. The 5' trees are only $40. The 8' are more expensive, but I can't remember their price.
They are very effective diffusers and have improved every room where I've heard them used.
spray foam dont get that crap on your skin, acoustic treatments are great so great that I installed a Track around my room and I can have curtains all over when I want , cost me little over 1,200 the sound deadening curtains were 120 a panel and gets expensive , I picked up on amazon and there nice and heavy and do the job well and keep light out too.
To clarify, the silicone is applied on top the roof
Where I used to turn my volume in the low 60s, I can hear quite a bit at < 40
OMG, the house is so much cooler, which was the point all along
If you want to investigate I got 2 estimates, the one I chose was $2250, the other $7,000! And the $2550 job was very professionally done
Update: Im thinking the silicone set up from day one which has further improved the music.
Listened to a variety of music that I am very familiar with, including; Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak Heart Shaped World, Jennifer Nettles Playing with Fire, which is one of the worst recordings Ive experienced, but I love the songs. To be fair, some songs are pretty well recorded, but the title song Playing with Fire is a hot mess, but I hear so much more of the music, chorus, etc, then ever before.
Well, I finally hear a lot more of the nuances that was/were recorded. The entire sound stage has opened up in a very big way, notes are much more complete (think micro details)
Thanks for starting this thread. I will be looking into the roof treatment.
Lots of great posts here….
I have been trying to find fake plants for diffusion or tall reeds (for lack of a better word). Reeds perhaps an 1/8 of an inch thick that can be bundled loosely in a tall vase or umbrella stand at first reflection points. I saw Lars employ such at Axpona 2015 in the Raidho room. Not had luck finding those so far, either.
I have 17” of rock wool in the ceiling, 6” in the walls. For thermal performance reasons mainly, but my architect said to cover with fire resistant burlap instead of sheetrock and I would have a recording studio quality sound to my room. He was not wrong.
I am not a fan of blown in insulation. The off-gassing fumes are terrible. It’s a petrochemical product that’s bad for the environment.
And so the silicone is on the outside of the roof. I certainly can see the thermal and acoustic advantages of incoming heat and sound. That certainly makes a huge difference but I don't think it makes much difference in the inside acoustics in general. You still have the same reflective surfaces albeit a more dampened planar surface which is what would make some difference but it would be interesting to measure before and after. I just finished a new room with a vaulted drywalled ceiling. Shingled roof, 2 x 12 rafters filled with R38 fiberglass batts.
I know it's going to be an issue so once we get the area rug in (concrete floor East Texas), the furniture and the system back up, we will deal with it then. Probably panels on the ceiling of some type.