Soundproofing Versus Sound Deadening

Hey, there!

My student Karl wrote to ask how he could soundproof his noisy apartment, offering me various materials to comment on.

I get this question a lot. And it’s important to understand these very major differences between sound-proofing and sound-deadening.

Here’s what Karl asked in his email:

Hi David,

I am setting up my home studio, just in terms of the sound proofing. But due to the small size of my apartment, and the one PC for many uses, I would like to have moveable “isolation booth”. that surrounds me and the desk, that is low priced and uses little space and easy to use.

I found a piece of 3″ 4′ x 9′ foam pad from Foam Mart, ($91) that curls around just right, to enclose me and my desk in a 3 sided foam cave.

I also have two empty metal shelf racks ($120), that can stand on either side of me, with blankets draped over them.


any thoughts suggestions?


None of these options (and he had some others I edited out for space) will help.


These foam and blanket options won’t keep outside sounds from entering his noisy apartment (the -proofing part of sound-proofing) – they’ll only stop sounds from reverberating within his room (the -deadening part of sound-deadening).

That’s why I send people into their closets to do this work – they are enclosed spaces with air around them to help prevent outside noise leakage, and the clothes do a great job of dampening the noise if it gets in, and lessening the reverberation of his voice.

What do you use to both sound-proof and sound-deaden your recording space? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps!


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