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Hey there. I spent months researching soundproofing options for a basement renovation we just finished, and here’s what I can tell you.
In our experience, the three key steps are:
1. Using resilient channels to attach your drywall to ceilings or walls
2. Intalling the Roxul Safe n’ Sound Insulation (critical!)
3. Using the thicker 5/8″ drywall
You can splurge on the “QuietRock” drywall…but at $80 per 10’x4′ sheet (versus less than $20 for the normal 5/8″ stuff) that takes a real investment that, depending on your budget and wall/ceiling space, may not be worth it.
I also used “QuietPutty” around outlets (which tend to transmit lots of noise too).
Capitol Building Supply (CBS) has all this stuff at great prices, and they’re super helpful. Their store near Nat Park is 202-554-9190.
I have a ton of notes on installation, websites, etc. from this research. If you want it…email me at matthewhumke at gmail dot com.