By Jason Stark
There must be a good reason for you to be looking for sound dampening curtains. Sound dampening curtains or soundproof drapes are basically just like regular curtains, except they are made of thick and heavy, sound dampening fabric, or plastic.
Are you a parent of a budding musician who is delighted that their offspring plays a musical instrument or sings, yet would like to get some more privacy in other parts of the house when the kid is practicing?
Or perhaps, you are a musician and know that sound attenuating curtains can improve the way your voice sounds or the way your instrument projects its voice.
Regardless of why you are looking for sound dampening curtains, in this article you will find three types of uses which are good reasons for anyone to purchase them.
The types of uses are: Blocking the sound from the outside, Blocking the sound from the inside the room, and sound absorption.
Let’s see how these play out with what you are trying to accomplish.
Blocking the sound from the outside
When you are practicing an instrument or singing, it is hard enough to focus on playing the right notes. The last thing you want are distractions from the outside of the room.
The musician’s ear is very sensitive and therefore it becomes important to block the sound from the outside of the room from entering. This is regardless of whether you are just a beginner or whether you are a professional musician.
Sound dampening drapes can block the noise from entering the space where you practice to a good degree. You will want to place them along all the walls, windowed or not. As the sound enters the room from the walls or windows, it propagates toward the sound dampening drapes where it is partly reflected back and partly absorbed.
Only a small portion of the noise from the outside will make it to the place where you are.
Blocking the sound from the inside the room
When you are the person who lives in the room adjacent to the room where the musician is playing, then the dampening curtains play a role for you as well. No matter how good or bad the playing is, in your opinion, sometimes you just want your privacy and want to isolate yourself from the sounds.
By placing soundproof curtains along the wall that separates you from the practicing room, you will additionally dampen the sounds propagating from the wall to you. When the musician is using soundproof curtains in his room as well, the effect is effectively doubled.
Sound dampening curtains are made of the thick and heavy material that is capable of effective sound absorption over a broad range of frequencies, including the frequencies of human voice and musical instruments.
The sound absorption is the second mechanism in addition to sound reflection of preventing the sound from propagating where you don’t want it to propagate.
Sound absorption is especially important for a musician inside the practice room. If the sound dampening curtains would just reflect the sound back to the room, they would not have a much different effect than the walls. The sound would bounce all over the place, and the overall sound of the human voice as recorded, or the sound of a musical instrument as recorded would have many time delayed echoes added to it, and would become significantly distorted.
That is why, especially for the practicing singer or musician, the sound absorption function of the sound dampening curtains is crucial.
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