How to Use Rugs for Sound Insulation

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Using rugs for sound insulation is especially useful for the flat surfaces in your home. Use rugs for sound insulation with help from an audio engineer in this free video clip.

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Hey, everybody! Joe Liptock, audio engineer. Today, I’m going to be talking about how to use rugs as sound insulators. So, you’re in a room – not necessarily and acoustically-treated room, but, you know, it’s got flat surfaces and flat walls. It’s very reflective, right? You don’t want any of that influence on the sound you record in that room, so what can you do, right? Well, rugs. They are the perfect answer for this situation. They’re portable, easy to set up, fast. All you got to do is lay a rug on the floor, get a direction microphone, point it down towards the rug, and then record your content in that area. That way, any ambiance that is influenced by what you’re emitting or what you’re doing, whatever you’re recording, the rug will absorb that sound, and then all you’ll have is basically a dead signal that your mic will pick up. So, types of rugs that are really good for this are rugs that have a lot of frays. Kind of just stay away from flat rugs – that way, the sound will get diffused and absorbed more quickly by the carpet. So, I hope this video helps you get a nice, clean, dead, non-room-influenced sound, and I hope you learn something from this video. So, have a good day, guys! Take care.

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