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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All About Acoustic Door Seals

    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.

  • How to Soundproof 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. …

  • 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.