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Acoustic foam vs. rugs?

I'm in a 5 piece band playing in about a 20x20 room. 2 walls aren't covered with boxes and the floor is linoleum. It's really loud in there and we need to dampen the room to a bearable level. We were thinking about getting 3 or 4 rugs for said 2 walls and floor. But then we started considering acoustic foam. I'm sure acoustic foam is more effective than rugs, but since we're on a really tight budget, is it really worth it to spend twice as much on foam? Or will rugs suffice? Side question, if we get rugs, could we just get 2 and put them on the floor since i'm certain the linoleum is the main culprit, or do the walls probably need it to?

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Aug 23, 2017
QUOTE: It's really loud in there and we need to dampen the room to a bearable level. Not to state the obvious, but the cheapest solution is to turn down. Look up the word dynamics in respect to music. Covering the walls with rug foam will help control echos and noise bouncing around....but loud is still loud. Also, if you ARE going to play that loud, please consider ear protection. I can tell you from personal experience that hearing loss is real. It's a weird feeling when you take a hearing test and you watch the doctor cranking the knobs up and you still can't hear anything.
Aug 23, 2017
Find your local Gypsum products store and check out their products, they have all kinds of wall and ceiling treatments that will help keep the sound in the room but will also help keep it true in the room so you don't get distortion that may affect your music.
Aug 23, 2017
well my band and i use the foam. it works pretty good. but the rug idea... im not sure if that will be dense enough
Aug 23, 2017
carpeting foam is cheaper. :D
Aug 23, 2017

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