Richmond's KGB Band


The KGB Band of Richmond, Virginia needed a soundproofing solution for its practice space. What it got was a soundproof room plus a home studio that produces professional quality sound for recording.

Application Introduction:

With only about 30 feet between its practice space and neighbors, the KGB Band was no stranger to local police.

“It was very loud outside when we played in the garage,” said Kevin McIver, KGB bassist and Acoustical Solutions Architectural Sales Representative, “I might have called the cops too.”

Making matters worse, the band didn’t have a demo, which prevented them from getting gigs, and, thus, occasionally getting out of the garage.

Treatment Provided:

When Kevin finally decided it was time to apply his expertise in acoustical solutions to his own predicaments, he immediately developed a vision for a home recording studio/practice space that would allow for optimal recording while also stopping music from escaping, an idea the neighbors applauded.

Kevin gave his new space the royal treatment by installing, among other things, Barrel Sound Diffusers, AlphaSorb Acoustic Panels, and AlphaSorb Bass Traps to treat the sound and reverberation.

To keep music from escaping the garage, Kevin’s biggest obstacle was the garage door, which allowed a very large percentage of sound to escape. His idea was to hang AudioSeal Combination Sound Blankets over the door.

Combination sound blankets consist of a vinyl sound barrier septum encapsulated by vinyl-coated, recycled-fiberglass cloth absorbers. These blankets both absorb and block sound, which was perfect for Kevin’s studio.

The rest of the garage was treated with Green Glue Damping Compound, which is a liquid, waterborne, viscoelastic damping compound that represents the highest performance product of its type. It is used between sheets of drywall, subflooring or other building materials.


“Now I crank the music up to where it hurts my ears when I’m inside, but I can’t hear it from my neighbor’s house,” says Kevin, “and actually, I can only hear a slight rumble when I’m next to the garage wall.”

Kevin added that the renovation significantly reduced the reverberation and echoes in his new recording studio/practice area, “but didn’t make it sound ‘dead'”.

The space now allows for anything from soft voices to harsh drums to be recorded with the highest quality, and band practice to be held at any time of day or night.

Kevin McIver | Acoustical Solutions

Kevin McIver

National Sales Team Leader

800.782.5742 Ext. 119

Direct: 804.349.0049

Message Kevin

I have purchased materials for bass traps for an isolation booth to record singing for my son from you in the last couple months. The materials are great and the bass traps are working well. Now we’d like to make his band practice room (in our home) soundproof). The “band room” has been used for the past 8 years with homemade sound dampeners (homosote covering the walls and windows). We’d like our son and his band to be able to practice most any time of the day without bothering the neighbors but are not sure how best to proceed. The room is 12′ x 13′, has 2 exterior walls (both of which have 3 double hung, single pane windows), and 2 interior walls. the room is on the second floor of our house. We are looking to sound proof as best as possible and the priority is that the neighbors do not hear the music). It is a five piece indie rock band that includes drums, bass 2 guitars and a keyboard. Just above the room is an attic space (only about 4′ in height) and then the roof. What might your suggestions be to accomplish this ourselves? If we can, we’d also like to have a window in to the next interior room, which would be the control room for recording purposes. So how could we isolate that control room from the band room. I’m guessing this would be part of the soundproofing solution.
Thanks for your help! We’re willing to do the work

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