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.

  • Woodberry Forest School used Barrel Sound Diffusers and Black Theater Board in ceiling.

    How to Create Great Auditorium Acoustics

    Acoustically treating an auditorium can be a tricky thing to do.  The large open rooms are often far too reverberant though, so – in most cases – incorporating acoustical treatment into auditorium design is a must. Perfecting auditorium acoustics is something we have figured out. Achieving great auditorium acoustics is difficult because it requires there […] Read More »

  • Adding art to your acoustical treatment

    For years the only way to spruce up the way your acoustical sound panels has been to add some form of solid-colored fabric.  Now, though, we’ve taken another step to allow you to add art to your acoustical panels. Our decorative acoustical panels, or acoustic art panels, allow you to add high-quality designs and photos […] Read More »

  • Three Peas Art Lounge - Lounge area using AlphaSorb® Clouds to reduce noise in lounge area and vinyl sound barrier in ceiling.

    Soundproofing a Restaurant

    There are two main reasons for soundproofing a restaurant. The first – and most common – reason has to do with echo and reverberation in dining areas. When hard, flat, parallel surfaces are exposed, crowded dining rooms quickly become uncomfortable.  As sound waves from conversations and rattling plates bounce off of floors, ceilings and walls […] Read More »

  • LU Rehearsal Room - Music rehearsal for orchestra and band using AlphaPerf® ceiling clouds and AlphaSorb® wall panels.

    Acoustical Solutions and Music Education

    We’re very excited to have recently created two acoustical solutions that help in music education. School of Rock The first, School of Rock in Norfolk, Va., was a project for which we supplied soundproofing and noise control products for practice rooms and a concert venue. The practice rooms were treated with AlphaSorb® Acoustical Wall Panels […] Read More »

  • MathScience Innovation Center Room for distance learning using AcoustiArt fabric wrapped acoustic panels for a backdrop.

    School Acoustics

    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 needacoustical 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 More »

  • Sound Barriers: Absorptive vs. Reflective

    We’ve all seen soundbarriers 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. Read More »

  • EcoSorpt® Hanging Sound Baffles

    What are Acoustic Baffles?

    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. Read More »

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    Acoustical Solutions on NBC Show "School Pride"

    We're very excited this week to be a part of NBC's new series "School Pride." The episode for which we donated and sold avocal booth and acoustic baffleswill air Friday, November 5."School Pride" tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public school, which is whyAcoustical Solutions is extremely excited to have contributed. Read More »

  • Cedia Honored Home Theater

    Soundproofing a Home Theater

    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. ... Read More »

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    Reverberation: Examples and Explanations

    It can make the best guitar player sound better, but it can also destroy speech intelligibility to the point of ruining any type of live performance.Certain spaces, namely orchestra and symphony halls, need the right amount of it ... but not too much, and not too little."It" is reverberation. Read More »