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Old 20th January 2013
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Need some advice on a "refrigerator" dampener

I live in a loft. It's a really nice big open space with a lot of hard surfaces (Pergo floor, 71' x 12' concrete wall, lofted ceilings, etcetera. Everything is groovy but it's one room so there is a refrigerator that hums. By far the loudest ambient noise in the room. Any advice on building some sort of structure to muffle it while I'm recording? For the record, my goal is to record acoustic guitar and vocals.
Here's a photo of the fridge, as you can see it is enclosed in cabinetry.



Would a piano blanket hung over it do the trick? I don't do long sessions so it heating up is not a concern for me.

tia

AS
Old 20th January 2013
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Anna Stoic ➑️
I live in a loft. It's a really nice big open space with a lot of hard surfaces (Pergo floor, 71' x 12' concrete wall, lofted ceilings, etcetera. Everything is groovy but it's one room so there is a refrigerator that hums. By far the loudest ambient noise in the room. Any advice on building some sort of structure to muffle it while I'm recording? For the record, my goal is to record acoustic guitar and vocals.
Here's a photo of the fridge, as you can see it is enclosed in cabinetry.



Would a piano blanket hung over it do the trick? I don't do long sessions so it heating up is not a concern for me.

tia

AS
I had a similar issue .. I ended up just turning off the circuit at the breaker box while recording .. things would stay cold for several hours if the door was kept shut... just gotta remember to turn it back on ... same process fixed the hvac system too ..
Old 20th January 2013 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by rogerbrain ➑️
I had a similar issue .. I ended up just turning off the circuit at the breaker box while recording .. things would stay cold for several hours if the door was kept shut... just gotta remember to turn it back on ... same process fixed the hvac system too ..


Sage advice there.



-tINY

Old 20th January 2013
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But wait - that's too easy.

I'm in.

AS
Old 20th January 2013
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Turning it off is a great solution, it would be very difficult to isolate it. You would need lots of mass, heavy, thick panels fully enclosing it. Something like an exterior door shutting it in, not practical.

So you don't forget to turn it back on, you could set one of these for the period of time you want it to be quiet each time



Old 20th January 2013
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Lightbulb

Often, hum from a fridge is vibration from the unit coupling to the floor. If lifting it reduces the hum in the room, some sort of rubber isolation pad might help. Can you invite some strong friends over to experiment?

--Ethan

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Old 21st January 2013
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Thanks for all the helpful thoughts - I'm just going to turn the damn thing off. My sessions aren't that long so it shouldn't be a problem.
As for strong friends, I have reached the age where you don't ask others to help you move, or volunteer if asked. There are some definite benefits to that.

AS
Old 21st January 2013
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As for strong friends, I have reached the age where you don't ask others to help you move, or volunteer if asked. There are some definite benefits to that.
Agreed.

Yes just turn it off that is really the only way to solve it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ethan Winer ➑️
Often, hum from a fridge is vibration from the unit coupling to the floor. If lifting it reduces the hum in the room, some sort of rubber isolation pad might help. Can you invite some strong friends over to experiment?

--Ethan

The Acoustic Treatment Experts

That would make a gread video on your website. I'll do it for free, but you have to fly me out...



-tINY

Old 22nd January 2013 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Anna Stoic ➑️
Thanks for all the helpful thoughts - I'm just going to turn the damn thing off. My sessions aren't that long so it shouldn't be a problem.
As for strong friends, I have reached the age where you don't ask others to help you move, or volunteer if asked. There are some definite benefits to that.

AS
Do yourself a favor... I bought a couple of belkin "wemo" devices from costco, not sure they are still there. Anyway, very simple setup, and then you can use your cell phone to turn anything on or off that uses a normal outlet... or you can set up a timer if you'd like.

WeMo | Belkin USA Site
Old 22nd January 2013 | Show parent
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Talking

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I'll do it for free, but you have to fly me out.
As soon as I win the lottery. Though I'll warn you, I have never bought a lottery ticket in my life. :D

--Ethan
Old 23rd January 2013 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Ethan Winer ➑️
Often, hum from a fridge is vibration from the unit coupling to the floor. If lifting it reduces the hum in the room, some sort of rubber isolation pad might help. Can you invite some strong friends over to experiment?

--Ethan

The Acoustic Treatment Experts
Wah! I agree! A bunch of these could do the job. Or it could be some airborne mechanical noise, and isolating it would make no difference. life is a female dog.

I agree with tINY... Rogerbrain has given sagely advice. #yoda

This is a bit unnecessary as you have decided to take #yoda's advice, but if the noise turns out to be air borne, it would be the perfect opportunity to try aural sonic. Do not take the simple solution. Suffer! In suffering lies redemption!
Old 24th January 2013
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Noise issues with refrigerators is due to the condenser fan, ice machine and compressor valves, which is hermetically sealed and the compartment is likely heavily insulated.
Isolating it from the floor will not help much and any type of soundproofing material could restrict airflow to the condenser fan, causing it to overheat and result in major damage.
Turning it off is a safe bet.
Old 27th January 2013 | Show parent
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Turned it off. Works perfectly, even retains all the settings (clock, etc.)

I have a thornier problem now:
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/bass-...ml#post8678662

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In suffering lies redemption!
I have a feeling this is my opportunity to be redeemed.

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