Sorting out the neighbours...

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  1. lokki

    lokki JUNGLIST FROM DEYA

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    Got probs with the neighbours..

    They have been giving me shit about the 'noise levels' coimg from my house...

    too much bass..

    i got the bass turend right down and am mixing at a low level but still they complain...

    Anyone had any exeprince with this stuff..

    they are getting pretty vexed....
     
  2. Dustek

    Dustek Finished the PhD

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    Ask them what time they're not at home.

    If they make trouble at low levels, get a decibel reading and check your local bylaws.
     
  3. Bad Ace

    Bad Ace Close2Death

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    All of my neighbours so far jus move out ;)
     
  4. sdm

    sdm This is Dog Fort

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    STANDARDLY :slayer:
     
  5. Flatmatt

    Flatmatt Member

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    i've had problems with noise complaints and after consulting the local environmental health, there's not alot you can do. There aren't any certain dB levels to which you can go up to, but noise nuisance is measured in "acceptable levels" which, of course, are immpossible to define, as "acceptable" is always going to be a matter of opinion. If your neighbour continues to complain then you could be in for a bit of a bumpy ride. Ultimately you could get an abatement order which would mean that if you get any further complaints you'd be summoned to go to court where "acceptable noise levels" would become subject to the opinion of a judge. If it goes this far you've gotta hope the judge isn't a dickhead other wise you'll get a fine, an ASBO and the government will seize your equipment.

    My suggestion would be to try some rudimentry soundproofing, wrapping your speaker cabs/bass bins in bubble wrap can help quite a bit, failing that, try saving up for a bungalow in the middle of nowhere!
     
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  6. sdm

    sdm This is Dog Fort

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    Oh god, I really hope our new flat hasn't got idiotic neighbours, eek!

    [me]crosses fingers[/me]
     
  7. rawdj

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    i've had complaints for the past 3 years but my neighbours are pussys and post letters they have typed up on the pc the last one i got said

    between the hours of 6pm and 10pm for the past 3 fridays we have had the constant sound of deep rumbling bass and we have not been able to listen to the football.......

    or something to that effect...... i say go to the match and see if you can hear the football there ,such a lame excuse at the end of the day if my neighbours dont have the balls to ask me to turn it down in person they can fuck off ,thier house is also about 10 metres away from mine about 20 metres and 3 brick walls away from my speakers

    my dad had problems at this house his nextdoor neighbour ended up getting equipment rigged up in his house from the environmental healh people or someone like that and after 2 monitoring sessions they fined him for wasting time and recources

    my advice would be the same as flatmatt's and dusteks's failing that get the boys round and tell them how shits gonna be from now on!
     
  8. Flatmatt

    Flatmatt Member

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    the bubble wrap thing really does work though, if you cut out the vibrations from the low frequencies then it doesn't matter how loud you play your tunes cos the high frequencies don't cause enough vibrations to travel through walls.
     
  9. Indi

    Indi Tha Original ThreadKilla!

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    Some sufficiant sound proofing is really the only way to go imo, can't rely on neighbours whatsoever especially if they're the complaining type, which is obvious in this instance.
     
  10. sdm

    sdm This is Dog Fort

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    So what's recommended sound proofing? Other than bubble wrap on the speakers?
     
  11. moriaty

    moriaty Active Member

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    thing is, the current law is that you cant make loud noise between 11pm-9am, so anything in between shouldnt cause you a problem, especially if the complaints are coming from only one household.

    I say beat the neighboors to it. What we did with my DJ housemate, we went next door and had a chat with the neighboors. We expalined that we are musicians, and is vital for our job that we have music loud every so often. We gave them both our mobile numbers, and told that if at any point they want to have a siesta, sleep the baby, or just belive we takin the piss noisewise, then just give us a ring, and we'll turn it down. So far this has worked, and its only been coupa occasions where they asked us very politely to turn it a down a bit.

    Communication is the answer, as far as youre neighboors are civilised creatures and not red faced scally excrements, they will appreciate that its not like youre drunk and feel like bangin some Fitty cent, but actually doin somethin productive.
     
  12. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    they chucked my girl out cos of this. she deserved it though, filthy slag.
     
  13. Indi

    Indi Tha Original ThreadKilla!

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    Most of soundproofing is stuff to put on walls to soak up soundwaves. If your decks are in a small room, its fine to put shit on your walls, but not so good if your set up in the living room.
    Carpet tiles are good for soaking up soundwaves, and are fairly resonable for price. You cound do the rock band style of using matresses, but looks shit and hard to find loads of matresses to fill your wall. So I'd try carpet tiles. Fix them to the walls so that the rubber base is facing out, and just cover them with posters and shit.
    I'm sure you can buy special soundproofing tiles from an specialist audio/music shop, but the'll prolly be well expensive.
     
  14. DJ_Small_Paul

    DJ_Small_Paul Rinsed

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    im rockin about 4k in my room but the neighbours dont say nothng :gimp:
     
  15. Flatmatt

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    the particularly expensive part of decent soundproofing is the fact you're supposed to pull up the floorboards and fill the floor and ceiling with sand, it's not the cost of the sand, it's the work you have to do to get it in there!!
     
  16. Affliction

    Affliction thought size didnt matter

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    Lead wallpaper is the answer (y) :crazy:

    Seriousley though, have a goosy at www.acoustics101.com for some good soundproofing tips
     
  17. Indi

    Indi Tha Original ThreadKilla!

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  18. josh

    josh "LOUD NOISES!"

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    Totally agree with this. When we moved in one of the first things we did was go round to the flat upstairs and tell her that we were quite noisy sometimes, but if it was ever too much, just come down and bang on the door, and we'll turn it down. She hasn't complained yet, and we tend to listen to music at all hours.

    Mind u, she's pretty noisy herself, so maybe she just saw it as a blessing that we said that, coz it gave her an excuse!
     
  19. moriaty

    moriaty Active Member

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    right,
    actually, putting carpet and other soft stuff around the room, doesnt stop soundwaves from penetrating the walls.
    This is more soundtreating than soundproofing, meaning, you dont get as much reverbation from deflecting waves, and get a more clear sound, as the only waves coming to you ears (!!) are the ones directly from the speakers.
    The actuall amount of sound that goes past the walls is a fraction less than without sound treatment, andf actually soundproofing is propably one of the most expensive jobs to do in a studio.
     
  20. mesh

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    yeah good point gordo. my main issue is i live in a flat with people on both sides and below me, and i have very decent vass speakers (bostons). so i can be in the living room and not notice a problem, but when i go into my bedroom i'm like 'fuck that bass is booming thru the walls, what a bastard i am' . so i keep the bass way down on my mixer but surpriosed i havent had complaints i guess