Floor Insulation for Instruments

Acoustic floor insulation Piano Akoestiek
Do you play a musical instrument? If yes, then practicing at home is almost always part of it. But even if you're playing like a star, your neighbours will appreciate you taking measures to reduce noise pollution. When you play your instrument in a poorly insulated room, sound can spread to your neighbours in two ways, through airborne and impact sound. On this page you will find solutions and products for vibrating floors and reducing air, contact, drum and piano noise.

What is airborne noise?
These are the sounds produced by a source that causes the nuisance. Sound sources that generate airborne noise are televisions, radios, various appliances, traffic and voice sounds. A room with a lot of reverberation also causes more nuisance to the environment. Good acoustics will reduce the noise problem and the music will sound better. The solution for reducing reverberation can be found on the tips page "Reverb in your Home?". 

What is contact noise?
These are the sounds produced by the movement of the structure in a building, for example floors, walls, or ceilings. In that case you experience this movement as sounds or physical vibration. The best-known contact sound for instruments is of course the bass drum of a drum set.

Step-by-step plan
On the tips page you will find solutions for the piano and the drums.

Below you will find the products for isolating your instrument

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  1. Polypress | Vibration isolation
    Polypress
    Vibration insulation flake foam
    • Vibration-isolating foam
    • Decouples sound source
    • For floating floors

    Starting at £12.94

    (incl. tax)
  2. Polypress | Vibration isolation
    Polypress
    Vibration insulation flake foam
    • Vibration-isolating foam
    • Decouples sound source
    • For floating floors

    Starting at £12.94

    (incl. tax)
  3. Polypress | Vibration isolation
    Polypress
    Vibration insulation flake foam
    • Vibration-isolating foam
    • Decouples sound source
    • For floating floors

    Starting at £12.94

    (incl. tax)
  4. Regupol Comfort 7
    Regupol Comfort 7
    Sub floor vibration isolation
    • PU elastomer
    • Vibration insulation screeds
    • Can be used with underfloor heating

    Starting at £51.47

    (incl. tax)
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Sulate air and contact sounds
Instruments can emit both airborne and impact noise. A piano spreads both types of sound, just like an acoustic drum kit, while wind instruments, such as a saxophone, spread only airborne sound (sounds).  The two different ways of isolating are explained below. 

Air sound is the sound produced by a sound source, for example voice or the sound of a gong. Isolating airborne noise is done by packing the source as much as possible. A room-in-a-room principle is the best way to keep airborne noise within a room. An example of room-in-a-room is a studio cabin or the use of secondary walls.

Contact sound is transmitted through the construction in the form of vibrations, resonances in certain frequencies. The sound source makes direct contact with a floor or wall and sets them in motion. These constructions then convert the vibrations and resonances into airborne noise. Important: contact noise is often more emphatically present than airborne noise and should be tackled as much as possible at the source itself. The acoustic isolation of contact sound is usually done by placing vibration insulation such as Regufoam, Regupol or Agglomer. Vibration-insulating material disconnects the sound source from the subsurface so that hardly any energy can be transferred.