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Since living with people you gotta keep quiet wich can be annoying if you on game calls or audio from speakers, since sound foam wont help what else can i do to make it so there isnt someone opening my door every 5 minutes? would be greatly appreciated 

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7 minutes ago, RAM555789 said:

Use push to talk.

He wants the room to be quiet so people can't hear from the outside. Not on discord.

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Acoustic foam (like the stuff you get from Amazon or Aliexpress) does practically nothing. The best way would be to make or buy acoustic panels (can make them cheaply with rockwool and some wood), hang those up (test different positions and angles), and get one of those things that stick to the bottom of doors to seal the gap at the bottom. The best way would be to rebuild the room and have a floating ceiling and all that but that's really only needed if you're making a studio or something

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there's a few major inaccuracies here so far. 

Acoustic foam, when used correctly, absolutely works for full spectrum absorption. most people assume it doesn't work because they are using cheap 1inch egg carton open cell foam and expecting it to do the same job as 4-8 inch pyramid foam to absorb reflections. this is the expensive option which is unnecessary for 99% of people. 


acoustic panels will help a lot, they are basically trap panels which do the same as large pyramid sound foam and add a layer of insulation between you and the rest of the rooms. it's just an added insulated wall layer to combat thin walls or uninsulated interior walls. 


your ideal bet is use headphones. if the problem is your speakers, you fix that with headphones. it will be much cheaper than fully outfitting the room with acoustic panels. 


replace or add foam weather stripping to the door which will reduce the sound coming through airgaps around the door, speak softer into the mic and turn up your mic volume so you don't have to combat the "screaming child syndrome" a ton of gamers end up having when they get in the zone while gaming. 

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Bouncing off what Ghost has said, weather stripping around the door is a must and if you're looking to reduce audio transfer through the walls for cheap try moving blankets, they do a surprisingly good job of reducing both echo and sound transfer if you hang them on your walls. For sure they won't turn your room into an anechoic chamber but nothing short of a complete rebuild will.

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Stop using speakers and just use a headset

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Thicker walls - thicker/stronger the wall the less likely it is to vibrate with sound and to transfer sound
Disconnected floors - If your floors are connected (like most houses) the floor will vibrate and transfer the sound under walls and doors. If you ever been to the Birmingham symphony hall when you enter the venue look at the floor. There is a small gap only milometers thick separating the hall from the lobby. Reduces noise from outside transferring in. It is also because the whole room is on springs to reduce noise coming from the nearby train station.
Thicker doors- like walls but its a door. Big hard heavy doors have good sound absorption. Also make sure there is no gaps. Walk in freeze doors make great acoustic doors something about being super thick and insulated to stop heat transfer crosses over to sound transfer surprising well. 



Best and cheapest way is to build walls.
Here is a video on how to build a wall

Then stuff the gap between the wooden frame with acoustic insulation.

But the easiest way is to reduce the source volume by turning the volume down and shutting up.

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