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  1. Thanks everyone for your advice and insight. I know it is a complicated issue and each case is different. @jackson white I had a similar problem to you in my last flat. The neighbours downstairs united two flats and knocked through some 'non weight supporting' divisions. The effect was that they turned our floor into one big suspended floor with no walls to carry away some of the sound vibrartions. This meant that all the sound energy hitting one part of the floor would vibrate across the entire skin, and amplify in 'our' apartment. It made my life so hellish that I sold the flat at a loss just to get out. Just like in your case, this was the result of people modifying structures that have been designed, planned, and built for one use. I detest architects who come in and start casually knocking walls down as if it won't affect the structure somehow.. @fitzroy I would love to be able to redo the ceiling downstairs, but I know what is waiting in store beneath the wood panelling, because I did it in my house - very old wooden beams in need of attention, as well as all the dust and detritus. It would be a major job involving more than just insulating - and I know the landlord would not cover any of the work, and the renters have nowhere else to go. So, it's not an option. @craigb I did that once in an apartment in London. It was a Friday night and the city boys living beneath our apartment came home from clubbing past midnight and decided to continue the party in their apartment - I had work the next day - so, I got my Marshall amp, lay it face down on the floor, got my 808, ramped up the volume bass and bpm and left it running for about half an hour. By the time I turned it off, they had turned their music right down. @Tezza I think you miss understood me, we don't have vinyl on the floor - I used the weighted vinyl on a dividing wall that was causing problems. You can buy these rolls of heavy density vinyl, stick them to the back of sheets of plasterboard (this adds a lot of weight) fix that to the brick wall, then I added green glue between another layer of plasterboard - and before anyone says "why didn't you use rockwool or decouple etc.." it was a very narrow corridor space and a needed a solution that would not make the wall grow by about 20-30cm. My solution added less than 10 cm to the thickness of the wall, and it worked. So - I'm going to try some rugs over the next few days (I had an old dog, which was why all the rugs were up, buy he died last year) and see if it helps. It's a shame no-one has any experience of using lead. The reason I men tion this is because I once went to a recording studio in London built in an old MI5 building. They boasted about the great sound insolation because they built the studios in the old interogation rooms which were all lead lined....Just wondered if it was true or not.
  2. I got it that way. I've also used it a few times. It's not so stable, and it's not my first port of call, but it's not bad.
  3. You can get it for free anyway. Just check the website and follow the instructions.
  4. I'm not too sure with this recording because I think I recorded the guitar on an edirol digital recorder in a hotel room in France - I probably tweaked the sound later on and I'm sure I pulled up the bass frequencies post production. The guitar is a battered old flamenco that I bought a lifetime ago in London with battered strings that I rarely change. I use it as my travel guitar. It's a hard top so has a rich tone. It's definitely on the bassy side - indeed, I've used it as the bass on a number of tracks over the years.
  5. Hi Jack, the guitar playing is me. The piano sound is SpitFire Audio - Oliver Patrice Weder's felt piano. I've taken to playing it through Nembrini Echobandit to make the tails build on release. I love the sound of his felt piano - so nice. The other instrument which sounds a bit like a lute is Performance Samples River Harp with a bit of Objeq Delay. And finally, the droning sound is LABS Lap Steel played through my own special FX Chain. Over the years I've built up some FX chains that are like the Kentucky Fried Chicken herbs and spices recipe.... Thanks for taking an interest.
  6. I have considered that and the owner has offered. My day job situation is a bit too precarious at the moment though. I'm facing redundancy, but also been offered a new career opportunity. So swings and roundabouts.
  7. I def have an issue with my bottom end. I think I need new phones....or ears.
  8. 53mph

    Work It Out

    Lovin' lead guitar work. Reminds me of Mister Bungle / Faith No More Patton for some reason. Love the production, but I agree the intro is far too long - get to the good stuff quicker.
  9. I've reworked the sound of my Julee, and renamed it Judee (after Sill). I've tried mixing up styles - British/American folk with Italian folk themes with additional wide drones (LABS steel is in there). I also got to mess around with the AAS EqDelay.
  10. The house was originally built in the 18th Century. The external walls are thick solid red brick, which does not carry sound. I've done the 'placing my ear to the surfaces' test to see which parts of the structure are carrying the sound and it was in two places: 1) a newer partition wall built with modern brick and without sound insulation mattress under the brickwork. I hate those 70s brick builds - they are like sound boxes. 2) the floor. the sound carries up in two distinct places in the floor which must correspond to the layout of the room below. When we moved in I took the ceilings apart in our part of the building, so I know exactly how they are below my feet (the building was originally a three floor family town house - since divided into 4 flats). Half meter thick wooden beams traverse the floor with wooden planks across. In the 70s someone installed a lower ceiling with wood panelling and polystyrene insulation (which acts like a drum) so the sounds below are hitting this wooden skin and vibrating (ampliofying) in the air cavity below my feet. On top of the wooden structure, at some time, a solid concrete and tile floor was built (I'm guessing about 3 inches deep), and when we moved in, I put down a wooden laminate floor on top. I considered using a product that I used in my previous apartment against noise from below called fonostop duo FONOSTOPDUO_FONOSTOPTRIO-IT.pdf (indexspa.it) but this time I went with the most expensive underlay that the company selling the flooring could offer - it's like a heavy fake vinyl underlay, but I don't think it's very effective. The rug idea is a good one - we already have one big rug in the living room. So, my question is - has anyone ever used heavy lead sheeting underneath laminate floor to block noises rising upwards? Cheers
  11. I don't want to start an issue over the people themselves. They are young. They've also just had a kid....for all the wrong reasons... I'm sure they will move someday. But if I can fix the problem my end, then I don't need to worry about them.
  12. Hi guys, I know this is off the usual topics, but I'm sure there are people on here with experience in studio building who can help. So, I'm sitting here in my living room and I can hear my neighbor beneath me skyping his family back home, and I would like to NOT hear him. I own my apartment which is on two floors, but the one beneath us is rented. The guy who lived there when we moved in was silent as a mouse. She's when we did the renovations, I laid new laminate floors with a good, but not special, underlay because I thought there was no issue with sound. Then a year or two ago a couple moved in. Initially all was good... Then they started hosting their extended family in the one bedroom apartment...then the loud music started. I had to do a serious soundproofing job on a partition wall above their kitchen which was acting like an amplifier. I used weighted vinyl and green glue for the job, and it worked. I highly recommend the product. However... Now, the issue is with his voice in the living room. I'm considering taking up our laminate flooring and adding something to block the sounds coming up.... And that is where I need help. Most products on the market are concerned with sounds passing down (footfalls etc..) but few discuss blocking voices rising up. I've considered heavy vinyl sheeting, but I've been wondering... Has anyone ever used 'lead' sheeting for sound proofing? I know that lead is a great sound proofer because it's inert. But I've never seen anyone mention it as underfloor insulation. Any suggestions? Ideas? Cheers guys
  13. Is that the AT2020? I've got the USB version, and I must say - I don't like it for vocals. I don't know about the AXR version, but the USB one has some kind of internal compression going on which works great for podcasting or zoom calls, but makes vocals too bassy in songs for my liking.
  14. That'll be the RVA download. 😬 Hope you sort it out soon. 🙏
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