Soundproofing Walls

Soundproof a wall: Basic (Level 1)

Add Green Glue and drywall is a very efficient process. Adding Green Glue is the most common soundproofing solution for retrofitting walls assemblies, due to its low impact installation process. This option is not recommended if you have 16” On Center studs.

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Mass Loaded Vinyl Walls

Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) is a classic sound transmission blocker, but limited in real life performance. Due to MLV’s flexibility, it is ideal for use with ducts, pipes and steel framing.

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Gypsum Wall Assemblies

Standard 5/8” Type X gypsum wall assembly. Great mass at 70+ pounds a board and cheap at $12 a sheet, but a single layer it does not do much to stop sound.

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Soundproof IB-1 Clip Walls

Clips perform two main functions. First, because they are spaced in rows 24″ apart (generally), the drywall is attached with far fewer contact areas. Second, clips and hat track are resilient. They allow a wall to flex, and this increases sound isolation as well as lowering the troublesome primary low frequency resonance point.

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Staggered Stud Walls

Acoustical Reference Only. We do not suggest installing Staggered stud walls due to the shared top and bottom plate. This causes problems in the acoustic performance.

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Soundproof a wall: Best (Level 3)

Double Stud framing is the most effective way to decouple a wall. Best at Low Frequency isolation, the Double Stud wall also offers a structural wall to hang very heavy elements.

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Resilient Channel Walls

Acoustical Reference Only: We do not suggest installing Resilient Channel walls. They test well in the lab but when installed in the field they are seriously prone to malfunction.

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