For those of you who are having noise problems or sound issues with your environment, you have probably sought out a professional for advice on the possible solutions to your problem. You might have heard your professional advisor mention the terms ‘Sound isolation‘ or ‘Sound treatment‘ and have no clue what they are really talking about. Do not fret, because today we will be discussing the meaning of this 2 terms and assisting you in finding out whether either of them is necessary to achieve your ideal sound environment.

Sound Isolation

Sound isolation is the process whereby some form of partition or material is installed to prevent sound from entering/leave the targetted room. What sound isolation does, is that it reduces the overall amount of noise entering/leaving the room, therefore creating a quieter environment for the room user and those around him/her. In other words, sound isolation is like creating a barrier to prevent sound from entering one medium to another.

This would be the ideal solution for people who find that the noise from outside is causing them a considerable amount of discomfort. If not, individuals who perform high volume activities will find sound isolation applicable as well, as they seek to prevent the noise caused by their activity to disturb people around them.

  1. Installation of hard/dense material to prevent sound waves from passing through the walls easily.
  2. Sealing up the gaps of windows and doors to prevents the sound wave from entering/leaving the room via air gaps.

Sound treatment

Sound treatment is the process where we aim to remove the reverberations from the room. We can do that by installing Diffusers and Absorbers. What are reverberations? They are the sound waves which are reflected back by the walls in your room and coming back to you at different intervals which cause a similar effect like echoes. However, reverberations can cause discomfort to most people as it feels like you are constantly hearing ringing in your ears.

Sound treatment is usually required by musicians or individuals whose job requires them to record sounds in their room. The reason being is that the reverberation will cause the recording equipment pick up the different sound reflections which would severely affect the recording results. Therefore, sound treatment is an essential for anyone planning to set-up a home studio.

  1. Installation of absorbers to absorb some of the sound waves.
  2. Installation of diffusers to scatter the remaining reflections.

In the next part of our blog, we will be discussing the difference between an absorber and diffuser. However, if you have any further questions do not hesitate to e-mail us at kenneth@twerkz.sg and we will do our best to answer your inquiries as soon as possible!