We’ve all seen sound barriers or sound walls along highways, neighborhoods, construction sites and many other noisy areas. They’re normally concrete, wood, plastic or even vinyl blankets. Read about our various outdoor soundproofing products here.
Most are quite effective at reducing highway noise, construction noise and many other forms of noise pollution, but depending on their properties, they could be causing more problems than they’re fixing.
This article will discuss the properties that should be considered when shopping for one of these sound barriers, specifically reflective vs. absorptive properties.
In schools, adequate acoustics are essential.
Classrooms are the most important place in a school to have proper sound quality and speech intelligibility, but there are a number of other places in which schools need acoustical treatment.
From cafeterias and gymnasiums to band rooms and auditoriums, we’ve treated every space in a school. We even stamp out classroom noise by treating school parking lots and courtyards where large chillers or generators are often far too loud.
Read on to see some of our work and to learn about various approaches to improving school acoustics.(more)
Because we've recently introduced a new collection of acoustic baffles, we thought we would tell you a bit about what exactly an acoustic baffle is and how it works in acoustic treatment.
First though, have a look at the baffles in our new collection.
Acoustic Lanterns are innovative ceiling baffles designed for hotel lobbies, restaurants and other architecturally demanding environments where acoustic control must integrate with its surroundings.
Available in four shapes (hexegon, square, triangle or circle) and made from sound absorbing materials (high-density 6lb glass wool), these Acoustic Lanterns come in black, grey or beige.
Sonex Rondo™ Baffles offer design versatility and excellent sound absorption across all frequencies—preventing noise build-up that interferes with speech intelligibility. Sonex Rondo™ Baffles are made from acoustic foam.
Available in lengths up to 24" with 6" or custom diameters, these baffles are offered in natural white or light grey.
Whisperwave™ curved accent products allow you to unleash your creativity while reducing noise and reverberation. Made from Class 1 fire-rated acoustic foam, Whisperwave™ Baffles are offered in standard and custom sizes and curve patterns.
Whisperwave™ products are available in natural white and light grey.
Whisperwave™ Ceiling clouds are suspended on ceiling-mounted cables using corkscrew hangers. They differ from Whisperwave Baffles in that the clouds are hung from four points while the baffles are hung from two points.
To learn about how and why these products work, read on>>>(more)
"School Pride" tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public school, which is why Acoustical Solutions is extremely excited to have contributed.
The episode in which we participated chronicles the renovation of Detroit's Communications and Media Arts High School.
According to the Detroit Public Schools Web site, the high school, which boasts a 97 percent graduation rate, "was originally slated to close this summer due to lack of funds to repair the building. It was saved after being selected to receive significant repairs as part of "School Pride."
Read on to learn about the products and their applications within the school ...(more)
The 1% Rule: A 1% opening will allow up to 50% of sound to pass through a wall, door, sound barrier, etc.
This rule comes into play most often when it comes to doors. Whether a regular door or a soundproof door, small openings almost always exist at the bottom, top and sides.
It is because of the 1% Rule that these openings around doors effectively cancel out any acoustic functionality.
For example, a 1/8" opening around all four sides of an acoustic door(STC rating of 56) can significantly reduce the door's STC rating (to as low as 21), which means the door is close to useless acoustically.
The picture below illustrates different size openings when it comes to airflow versus sound transmission. As you can see, a smaller opening reduces the amount of airflow, but does not reduce the amount of sound transmission.
So, how do we seal the door and defeat the 1% Rule? Read on>>>(more)
The most convenient product with which to treat almost any recording studio, listening room or edit room is the Primacoustic Room Kit.
This kit provides the customer with all she needs, including everything from the acoustical wall panels down to a drill bit, in one convenient and complete package.
Included in this noise control kit are (2) broadband panels, (8) control columns, (12) scatter blocks, (24) surface impalers, (8) corner impalers, (100) wall anchors/screws and (1) drill bit.
The finished room will look like this:
Bellow are illustrations of how these sound control products work ...(more)
Home theaters can be wonderful places to relax, retreat and entertain. If acoustics are overlooked, however, any home theatre can become a nuisance to the rest of the house and an echoic mess.
In creating a home theatre, two issues need to be addressed, soundproofing and sound absorption. ...(more)
The CEDIA EXPO, which will be held this year in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, is the #1 trade show in the residential electronic systems industry.
Acoustical Solutions will be at booth #4619, where anyone is free to come chat, learn, buy or browse. As experts in the soundproofing and noise control industry, we take pride in providing effective solutions for all home entertainment situations.
Or if 'movie theater' isn't the sound you're going for, we can reduce echo, fix reverberation times, make bass hit harder, soundproof and just about anything else you might want done acoustically to compliment a residential electronics system.