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Old 05-06-2002, 06:23 PM
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Default Keeping the Noise out

My wife and I have just finished moving into a new apartment. The room where I plan to put my recording stuff (and all the rooms actually) has weak ceilings. We can hear everything that happens in the apartment above us.

Anyone ever deal with this? Any suggestions?

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Old 05-06-2002, 11:05 PM
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Default Re: Keeping the Noise out

Short of major sound proofing, which is probably not an option, you may be stuck with a less than ideal setting.

Recording "direct" is much easier, and sounds better than it used to. Look into amp modeling devices, like the POD, and the someday-to-be-released Amplitube plug in.

Condenser mics will pick up more ambient sounds, so if you can work with dynamic mics, you'll get a little more isolation that way.

Remember, too, that if you can hear your neighbors, they can hear YOU. If you can get on good terms with your neighbors and work around their schedule, you may be able to track some loud stuff. Good luck.

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Old 05-09-2002, 11:38 AM
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Default Re: Keeping the Noise out

Thanks for the advise. I've been talking to the owner about different options. Apparently there is a law in NYC where some aparments are required to have 80% carpeting or rugs. The truth is that they need to put a new floor down though.

We'll see what happens.
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Old 05-10-2002, 02:20 AM
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Push for underlay under that new carpet too! And eight inches of purple shag. Purple absorbs 4.5 more db at 1k than beige. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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