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The GenieClip - Highest performance wall solutions


Cross section of Genie Clips independent stud wall sitting in front of a party wall

GenieClip Soundproofing - How it works
To gain the maximum performance when soundproofing a wall you should attempt to create an independent wall structure that sits in front of the wall you are attempting to soundproof. Lining this wall with Genie Clips as your resilient layer will afford the best level of soundproofing performance that we know of. (Click on Diagram to enlarge)

The key to the superior performance of Clips is the high quality rubber mounting that is integral to the Genie clip. Countless studies point to the enhanced soundproofing perfomance of rubber over other sound dampners.

Creating the independence  of the wall, even if it is just a few millimeters can make a significant difference to the end result. If however your are unable to make the wall independent you can screw battens to the wall and then add the genie system direct to this.The end result while not quite as good as an independent wall , will produce an improvement in the 20dB range. Or if space is at an absolute premium the solution can be fixed direct to the party wall. Again the acoustic performance will be less.  Please see table below and schematic below. Creating a stud wall is simpler than you might think, see our fitting guide on this page for further details.

A number of options for party wall soundproofing are available from the very slim line stick on solutions to the thicker and more effective independent stud structures. We are frequently asked if resilient bars or Genie clips can be added direct to a party wall so saving space.

Blue Calculators
We provide a series of calculators to the right. We offer different combinations of stud wall thickness with different sound proof upgrade possibilities.  Click on the calculator and we will work out all the materials you need for a particular solution. In this case you just need to know the size of stud you are going to use.The performance table below indicates the performance of that system
For more detailed instruction simply click on the fitting instruction link.


Sound proofing basics

When soundproofing a wall it is necessary to improve three basic components.

  1. The mass of the wall- This is normally achieved by adding acoustic plasterboard. 
  2. The Resilience of the wall- This is the springiness of the wall. Without this, the addition of the mass will have very little impact. The best product available on the market today to maximise the performance of this element is The GenieClip™ system. 
  3. The sound "absorbancy" of the wall. By adding different components the sound gets trapped more easily within the wall. The most cost effective method is the use of acoustic mineral wool.
  4. A fourth component that can be added is a barrier component. A membrane that acts to block the sound but not by mass alone. For most of our systems we offer Tecsound 50 as a cost effective method of upgrading any soundproofing system.

Understanding Performance
Below you will see a performance table. The total performance which is normally quoted on most sites refers to the performance of an average wall with soundproofing materials added

We also give an indication of performance uplift. Remember that every 10dB of performance uplift corresponds to roughly a 50% improvement in the performance of the wall. So 20dB would indicate a 75% Improvement over and above the original wall.

There is a lot to take in from this table. However it is important to spend a few moments interpreting the figures

When comparing soundproofing materials the perfromance data is often misunderstood. We try and give you the performance increase from an existing structure. In the above table we assume a brick wall . When comparing competing products it is essential to understand what is there performance in a real world situation. Many products are rated 30, 40 even 50dB. However once they are added to a wall this figure might drop to just 15dB or 20dB of improvement.


The GenieClip™

For those customers wanting to incorporate the highest performance materials into their soundproofing projects we introduce The GenieClip™ solution. The GenieClip™ is a very high performance solution that provides the best single component we know of when soundproofing a wall. The clip itself outperforms a resilient bar by around 7 dB, an impressive amount.

The GenieClip™ is screwed direct to stud work in the same manner that a resilient bar would be. Into the Genie Glips, the furring strips are then clipped. To these furring strips plasterboard is then screwed.  
   
The GenieClip™ system is a superior alternative to the conventional resilient bar system producing better performance and is far less prone to fitting error. In fact its virtually impossible to fit incorrectly.

The GenieClip™ is a moulded rubber and steel isolation clip used to to control the passage of noise. The integral springing mechanism provides much more dampening than the corrugations of a resilient bar system. In fact performance numbers are superior even with a single layer of plasterboard potentially saving on materials cost and labour.  

It significantly improves low frequency sound control performance and this is often the hardest frequency to cope with. Of all the resilient solutions that fix direct to joist it offers the best performance.

Be aware of the possibility of flanking sound issues in breeze block and light weight construction party walls.



 

Key Points:

  • Genie Clips outperform resilient bars by ~7dB
  • Highest performance independent stud wall
  • Genie Clip technology in a home soundproofing package
  • Wall soundproofing at a level significantly above regulation requirements
  • Online calculator will work out your exact requirements

Genie Clip and Furring Strip

Genie Clip and Furring Strip

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GenieClip soundproofing performance table

Wall Depth Gain Total system Performance airborne Typical Airborne Improvement
50mm stud. 126 mm 64 dB 26 dB
50mm stud. SBX upgrade 124 mm 70 dB 31 dB
75mm stud. 151 mm 67 dB Low frequencies improved more 29 dB
75mm stud. SBX upgrade 149 mm 72 dB Low frequencies improved more 34dB
100mm stud. 201 mm 69 dB best for low frequency sounds 31 dB
100mm stud. SBX upgrade 199 mm 74 dB best for low frequency 35 dB
50mm stud. Tecsound 50 Upgrade 128 mm 67 dB 29 dB
75mm stud. Tecsound 50 Upgrade 151 mm 69 dB Low frange frequency improved 31 dB
100mm stud. Tecsound 50 Upgrade 203mm 71 dB 33dB
Total system performance is an attempt to give the performance of a basic single skin plastered brick wall with Genie clips walls added to .  The improvement figure that is quoted is an idea of what can be expected over a basic starting point.


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Solution Reviews

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Quality Product

We were called to install the Genie system into our clients property. We have had experience with installing resilient bars and MF celings. The Genie product was simple to attach to the exisiting soffit and we found it easy to put up. Very happy with the speed of install and it seemed to us foolproof. We have had issues with reilient bars in the past. The one small drawback was the face of the furring strip which is smaller than the MF ceilings we are used to . This meant you had to be careful to cut the plasterboards carefully so that they meet in the middle. The client was happy with the overall result and so we can recommend the sytem.
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BIM124433485
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10th Aug 2017


Efficient Delivery

Ordered these in the morning and we got them the next day. Good service
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DEG667578833
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Date:
8th Feb 2017


Good Product

This was a good product. The geine clip looked like the best of the "resilient systems" out there. We had wanted the long length furring strips which were advertised on Soundstops website but were told we were out of the area they could supply. This was not clear! However we worked fine with the channels we received. The ceiling boards were very heavy and I would go for a ceiling plasterbaord lifter if I did it again. The end result is good. Everything is much more muffeld int he way of impact sound , so not sharp and intrusive like it was. The airborne sound is very much reduced and so we only hear them now when they crank up the volume ofn the stereo. So all in all a good product.
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Jason
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9th Jun 2017