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Designing a Conservatory as a Music Studio

September 3, 2015

A conservatory is traditionally thought of as a classical and elegant structure for entertaining guests, however, there is virtually no limit to a conservatory’s design capabilities. Conservatories can be used for any purpose, including a home music studio. Specifically designing a conservatory, as opposed to converting a spare bedroom into one, creates an efficient music studio.
Acoustics are an important factor to consider in a music studio. Wood interiors can be added to the inside of the aluminum system with Solar’s patent-pending attachment system to further increase acoustics and prevent sound reverberation. Solar Innovations, Inc. also offers conservatories entirely made from wood for those looking for superior acoustical properties along with a traditional conservatory feel.
Using sturdy design elements is the key to ensuring the structure will protect the expensive equipment within while maintaining the best possible sound quality. Solar Innovations, Inc.’s durable aluminum framework will not rot or rust and can withstand severe weather conditions. There are many glazing options that can be utilized for a music studio including laminated glass, tempered glass, insulated glass, and polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is a resilient glazing alternative to glass that can be insulated with sound-absorbing Lumira® aerogel. For additional sound absorption, heavy drapes and foam padding can be added to walls, glass, or interior partitions.
Controlling and absorbing sound are both important aspects to consider when planning a music studio. Acoustically-tested products, such as Solar Innovations, Inc.’s G3 sliding glass doors, have a high sound transmission class (STC) and a low outdoor-indoor transmission class (OITC). STC rates how well a unit reduces airborne sound, while OITC rates sound transmission between outdoor and indoor spaces. Incorporating acoustically-rated products will help reduce overall sound transmission and help to manage the sound in the music studio. The acoustical performance of windows and doors is influenced by the glazing choice as well as the overall construction of the frame, therefore, it is important to contact a Solar Innovations, Inc. engineer to discuss the best possible system to control the most sound in the music studio. Solar Innovations, Inc. conducts all product testing at the in-house test lab and customers may contact the Company to request the testing of a specific SI system.
Creating a sound-efficient music studio in a glass structure is not as hard as one might think. With Solar Innovations, Inc.’s innovative team, almost any design-requirement can be met. Contact a Solar Innovations, Inc. Sales Representative for more information on Solar’s acoustically-rated products.

acoustical testing for OITC or STC