In case you haven't noticed, we at Idealware are a talkative bunch. With all sorts of videos, webinars and phone calls, noise is a major part of life in the Idealware office. That's a good thing! It means that we're all busy. You wouldn't blame a hive of hardworking bees for buzzing a bit, would you?
Sometimes, though, the noise can be a problem. If I'm shooting an AskIdealware video in one room, I don't want to hear someone's phone call from another room. And you'd be surprised at how much noise a microphone can pick up. Listen close in most videos, and you'll hear the taka-taka of someone's keyboard, hard at work.
A lot of noises can be avoided just by checking everyone's schedules and moving the shoot time to a time when no one has any meetings or webinars. But there's a lot of noise that's inherent to the office, and that's the kind that you can't just schedule around.
Our old office, for example, was on the ground floor of the building, with big windows facing a busy road. Poor Andrea had to deal with constant road noise--car horns, sirens, truck brakes, road rage. The other side of the building faced the parking lot, and suffered from that one car alarm that went off at the same time everyday. It was also a public building, with people walking and talking up and down the stairs all day, and the sound of footsteps from the office upstairs. To top it off, we were next to a dentist, with all the nasty noises involved there--drills, unhappy patients, x-ray machines.
As you can imagine, it was a nightmare to record any video or audio there. I imagine our older webinars were frequently punctuated by footsteps and angry drivers. There wasn't really anything we could do to fix that, either. So we moved!
OK, that's not the reason we moved, but it's definitely one of the advantages of our new space. Our new office is on the top floor, so no more footsteps from upstairs; we're also at a less busy intersection, so fewer cars go by (but we still get the horns from time to time). More importantly, however, you hear much, much less of each other working and talking. Since everyone now has an office with a door, you get less keyboard clacking across the office. And, since the walls are thicker, and we have new carpet, we don't hear as much of each other between offices. We even have a room dedicated solely to small meetings and audio recording.
Ultimately, this soundproofing comes down to the layout of the office, and how we use the space. The fact that everyone has a door to shut probably makes the biggest difference (although I'm pretty sure the doors and walls are higher-quality to begin with). Now we just have to get used to a quieter workspace.