The quest for sound isolation has many different paths, one of the more common ones in professional circles being the construction of a full ‘room within a room’ – a completely separate inner room inside the existing space and isolated from the original floor by blocks of neoprene rubber or suspended on metal springs. This, however, is hardly a suitable approach for most home studios where space is often already limited, although if you’re setting up in a rented industrial unit it may be worth considering. There’s plenty of documentation on the subject available in acoustic design reference books and online, but it is rather beyond the scope of most DIY studio projects. Fortunately, you rarely need to go quite that far – we’ve seen a number of perfectly adequate studios, often in colleges, where additional studding and plasterboard walls have simply been added to the existing structure to give a worthwhile improvement.