Gaming can cause (quite some) noise nuisance, but luckily, solutions are available. Find out everything about them in this article.

Sound Insulation Against Gaming Noise

Gaming is a hobby that is practiced by many. However, it can cause a lot of noise nuisance to others. For the optimal gaming experience, you can purchase gaming chairs, screens, headphones, etc. But also, don’t forget about qualitative sound insulation. On this page we explain what types of noise can be arise and we present the products with which you can insulate your sleeping or gaming room.

Making (loud) noise is often inherent to gaming. Often, the real gamer becomes very expressive once he or she gets into the game. Screaming, banging on the keyboard and sounds of explosions from decent speakers are common sound problems. This is very undesirable for the fellow residents. Qualitative acoustics makes the gaming experience more enjoyable from the gamer him- or herself as well. On this page we explain which types of noise nuisance can be caused and what you can do to tackle this issue.

 

Insulating airborne noise and noise from speech
Noise from speech is quite straightforward. This is the noise that is produced by the gamer by talking. Airborne noise are the sounds that come from the audio source that travel through the air in the shape of audio vibration. This can come from speech, but also from music.

There are two reasons why speech and airborne noise should be insulated: for fellow residents, but also for the gamer him- or herself. Fellow residents or neighbours can be annoyed by gaming sounds. Often a better door is needed in order to insulate airborne noise (keeping sounds in- or outside a room). We will come back to that. It may also be necessary to insulate one or multiple walls by means of pre-wall installation. The sounds from, for example, base tones or music is often referred to as low frequency noise.

Do other gamers have a hard to understand you through your headphones? Do you need to repeat yourself often? Chances are, that this has to do with reverberation in your gaming room. In a room with reverberation the majority tends to speak louder in order to make oneself understood and to turn the volume of the music up in order to hear it better. The opposite is true, the result will be even more reverberation and sound problems. Improving the acoustics, that is the correct approach!

 

What I do to solve this issue?
The solution is found in absorption panels. Absorption panels absorb sound vibration, reducing the amount of reverberation. Equip the wall that is being spoken towards (often around or behind the screen) and the ceiling above the seating position with absorption panels. By doing so, you already greatly reduce noise caused by speech and music. Depending on the dimensions of the room we recommend installing 4 to 6 panels against the wall and the same amount against the ceiling (minimally 3 m2). In a lot of gaming rooms this will reduce the reverberation quite a bit and enhance the intelligibility.

The panels from the Acousticshop that suit this purpose are the Akotherm Facet panels, but of course there is a whole range of other panels to choose from as well. You can find them on our page containing all acoustic panels. Once the acoustics are in order, it can still be the case that sounds can be heard outside of the room. In most situations this has to do with the door. Especially lightweight doors and doors that don’t close off well leak a lot of sound. Of course, you don’t always need a new door. We have an easy step-by-step plan to provide a door with just that extra bit of insulation in order to reduce the sound problem.

 

What to do?
In short: make the door heavier and make sure it closes off all around, every crack is a sound leak. As for insulating doors, we made our step-by-step plan available at our advice page: Step-by-Step Plan for Insulating Doors. Lightweight (dividing) walls, for example from plasterboard, actually have the same problem as doors. Because the walls are lightweight, they carry a lot of sound. As for insulating walls, we also have an advice page: Sound Insulation for Lightweight Walls.

 

Insulating vibration and contact noise
This type of noise constitutes the sounds that are produced by the physical vibration of, for example, a table or desk. Contact noise can be caused by banging on a table or by loud speakers that transmit the sound vibration of music unto a desk or the floor. Table legs that are standing on Unidampers will transmit significantly less contact noise. And by placing your loud speakers on Audio Dampers, humming noise and base tones will be heard less in the rest of the house.

The keyboard is also a source of contact noise. Firmly pressing the keys can cause a sound that is being transmitted by the desk or table legs to the floor or wall (so don’t place it against the wall). Isomat VM turns out to be a very nice solution. This mat is usually used to insulate vehicles, but turns out to be the perfect gaming mat for your desk or table. The mat reduces vibration whilst typing. Shifting of your keyboard or mouse mat also belongs to the past! Isomat can easily be cut to size in order to make it fit your desk or table.

 

Questions
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