In this article, I will show you different ways on how to dampen bass coming through a wall in easy, simple steps.
As I’ve always stated, bass noise is classified in the range of low-frequency sounds and will require a different approach when it comes to soundproofing.
The methods in this guide share a similar concept, just like when soundproofing a ceiling.
Whether your neighbors frequently host parties in their yard (learn how to soundproof against yard noise) and want to blow stereo bass noise or simply have a teenage son practicing in his drum room adjacent to your bedroom, then these hacks will get you sorted.
A-List of Ways on How to Dampen Bass Coming Through A Wall
Bass noise is transmitted through vibrations in structures such as walls, ceilings, unlike airborne noise. (Source)
This explains why it’s more challenging to soundproof against impact low-frequency sound than high-frequency sounds.
1. Talk to Your Neighbors
The first and the most important step before anything else is talking to your neighbors.
Like I stated in my previous article on soundproofing against footfalls, you’d be surprised that probably your neighbors aren’t aware that they’re being noisy.
If your neighbors are people of dignity and respect, then rest assured that you won’t be bothered by the bass problem ever again.
However, it’s always important to approach politely and utter words that could annoy your neighbors.
If you’re not sure how’d start a conversation with strangers or neighbors you’ve never interacted with before, then why not read this guide on how to talk to neighbors politely- click here.
If you’re shy or simply don’t want to get involved with the neighbors, why not consult with your landlord or property manager.
Rest assured that the landlord will have a word with them.
If the neighbor agrees to never bother you again with bass noise, you won’t have to implement the hacks highlighted below.
If your talks meet dead ears, then you’re better off soundproofing your home.
2. Hang Acoustic Foam Panels
Acoustic foam panels are super useful in dealing with both airborne and impact noises.
For this reason, you will find them in musical theaters, recording studios, clubs, theaters, and much more.
You can also use acoustic foam panels when designing a soundproof generator box to make the generator quiet.
However, it’s important to note that great care has to be undertaken when installing foam panels, and a slight mistake can render the material worthless.
To ensure that you install them correctly, why not check out my detailed guide on hanging acoustic foam panels without damaging the walls.
Two of my recommended acoustic foam panels readily available online today are Mybecca 6 Pack Acoustic Panels and Foamily 24 Pack.
3. Seal all the Crack and Gaps
Cracks and gaps on the wall are also big culprits for leaking noise in your house.
Additionally, socket installations on the wall can also be a significant contributor to the noise problem.
You will need to fill the crack with soundproofing sealant such as green glue in such a scenario.
Green glue is designed explicitly for soundproofing purposes.
It works by converting sound energy into heat energy- don’t panic as the heat produced in this case is negligible and won’t burn down your house.
4. A Layer of Drywall
One of the most effective but more technical methods of soundproofing walls involves the use of drywall.
Adding a layer of drywall will create an empty space between the main wall and the drywall.
Since bass noise travels through structures and not through the air, this setup will be useful in dissipating low-frequency sounds, including bass.
Since this method is a bit technical and time-consuming, I’d advise you to consult a professional to do it for you.
5. Bass Traps
Bass traps are highly effective in soundproofing against bass sounds.
However, it’s important to note that bass traps should only be installed in the same room as the sound source.
If you’re dealing with a noisy neighbor playing bass sounds all day and night, you’ll have to talk to them to invest in bass traps.
On the other hand, if you’re just concerned that sounds from your home theaters could be affecting sleep patterns for your baby or anyone in the house, then you will have to buy bass traps and have them installed in the home theater.
It’s important to note that bass traps are costly since they’re specialty products.
They are often placed at the corners of a room since sound waves have a maximum velocity at corners.
6. Hang a Layer of Moving Blanket
To be honest, this method won’t work magic, and so you shouldn’t expect a significant difference.
However, if you’re trying to block out high-frequency noise such as TV noise or people talking from the next room- moving blankets will do the trick.
Additionally, I’m against this method because it’ll make your room look like an abandoned asylum.
Imagine hanging blankets all over the walls in your living room. It won’t be aesthetically appealing.
However, if you don’t mind, you could try this method.
After all, it’ll be a battle between aesthetics vs. quiet living.
7. Hang Mass Loaded Vinyl
The concept of mass-loaded vinyl and moving blankets are similar.
However, the big difference is that mass-loaded vinyl is specifically designed for soundproofing.
MLV is thinner than moving blankets; they are also flexible and more aesthetically pleasing than moving blankets.
They are also made of high-density materials hence perform well when it comes to soundproofing.
You can use mass-loaded vinyl when installing drywall (explained above) for the best results.
On How to Dampen Bass Coming Through A Wall
Above are some of the best methods on how to dampen bass coming through a wall.
You might find it somehow difficult when dealing with low-frequency noise than high-frequency noise.
For best results, I would recommend you combine two or more methods recommended in this guide.
Hi, my name is Todd R. Bressler and I am the founder of this soundproofing blog. I’m a DIY enthusiast from Cincinnati, the city that just beat New York for the City That Never Sleeps Award in 2020. (Original) I have been in the DIY soundproofing industry for close to 5 years, running a YouTube channel and a Podcast show every Saturday. I started Crafty Soundproofing to help you learn the basics of “self defending yourself against noise”
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