The Sound Advice Blog

Many people find the world of acoustical treatments to be confusing and overwhelming. Here on the Acoustical Solutions Sound Advice Blog, we will concentrate on presenting solutions to typical acoustical problems and discuss relevant topics on the subject.

The posts here will be related general sound and noise control topics like blocking sound, absorbing sound, or diffusing sound.
We will also provide information on how acoustical materials can be used or applied to specific applications.

  • The AlphaEnviro® PVC baffles and panels provide a colorful and effective way to improve the room acoustics in this cafeteria at Mechanicsville Elementary School.

    Soundproofing a Cafeteria

    Soundproofing a cafeteria converts what is often a loud utility space it into a quiet, comfortable multi-functional space for students, faculty and parents. The main function of a cafeteria is to provide food service to groups of hungry kids. However, many school cafeterias also have assemblies, performances and other activities taking place. This would require […] Read More »

  • Bands of PolyPhon™ Polyester Acoustic Panels used around the room to reduce improve the room acoustics in the Benedictine Auditorium in Richmond, VA.

    Soundproofing an Auditorium

    Soundproofing an Auditorium is a key component to to a properly functioning event space for entertainment, community gatherings, presentations and performing arts.  Constructed to house large numbers of people, proper acoustics are critical to an auditorium’s function. Without acoustical treatment, the audiences with have a poor experience. Prior to the advent of amplified audio-visual equipment, […] Read More »

  • Sonex® Pyramid Acoustic Foam by Pinta Acoustic, Inc. - Industrial Application

    Soundproofing Industrial Noise

    Soundproofing industrial noise will help reduce occupational exposure to high sound levels to create a productive and safe working environment. Noise is a huge concern in factories and industrial facilities. It can create hazards in the workplace and affect your health. Industrial Facilities often need to meet specific noise level requirements as outlined by OSHA […] Read More »

  • Moody Middle School's Gymasium is using AlphaEnviro Baffles in ceiling to reduce reverberation in the room.

    Soundproofing a Gymnasium

    Soundproofing a gymnasium is simply a matter of adding enough absorptive material to lower the reverb time and prevent wall to wall sound reflections. The hard flat, parallel surfaces are the main causes of echo and reverberation in architectural settings. This fact is precisely the reason gymnasiums commonly require acoustic treatment. This makes it difficult […] Read More »

  • How To Install Acoustic Panels

    Will you install them for me? Yes, we absolutely can! We can tell you how to install acoustic panels. We hear from a lot of small business owners and homeowners interested in installing acoustical panels to improve the sound in their space and that is one of the first questions they ask. For jobs that […] Read More »

  • PrivacyShield® Noise Insulation Class (NIC)

    How to soundproof an office for speech privacy

    The Problem: Typically, the budget is the biggest concern when building offices, conference rooms, and patient exam rooms.  Because of this, they do not provide speech privacy. Keeping sensitive information and conversations private requires a construction assembly intentionally designed to block sound from one space to another. Human Resource issues require discussions to be private.  […] Read More »

  • IAC Acoustics Logo

    IAC Acoustics appoints Acoustical Solutions Exclusive Representative

    Richmond. VA – February 21, 2017 – IAC Acoustics is a leading manufacturer of metal acoustical and noise control products and solutions serving the industrial, commercial, architectural, and construction industries, today announced the appointment of Acoustical Solutions as their exclusive sales representative for the Mid Atlantic (Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia), Georgia, and Texas territories. […] Read More »

  • Soundproofing a Wall

    Problem: Sound or noise is either entering or leaving my room. Solution: Decouple & Strengthen the structure to prevent sound leakage. Blocking sound transmission requires materials that are mass loaded, dense and/or resilient. You would use these materials in the construction assembly of a wall, floor or ceiling. You can achieve your sound blocking goals […] Read More »

  • Iso-Step® Floor Underlayment - Roll out and lay the Iso-Step into the adhesive bond.

    Soundproofing a Floor

    Soundproofing a floor requires addressing the issue of impact noise. Impact noise is a structure borne sound created when two objects collide. This impact energy creates vibrations that resonate through the materials in the structure. Most people think of this as “neighbor noise” from someone walking on the floor above or other activities.  Utilize an acoustic […] Read More »

  • Heard Island Expedition Acoustic Blankets

    AQFA-10 Blankets at work on the Heard Island Expedition

    On March 1, 2016, the Heard Island Expedition Team boards a flight for Cape Town, South Africa. They plan to carry out a variety of tasks related to the study of climate change. In the fall of 2015, we were contacted by their crew to discuss this expedition. The research team was looking for an […] Read More »