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.

  • Soundproofing a Band Rehearsal Space

    I am a guitar player and have played in various bands steadily now for over twenty years. From garages, sheds, basements, studios, and even dedicated music rooms, I’ve rehearsed in all the usual places that bands tend to use for their practice spaces. I’ve always gravitated towards bands that play more of the harder varieties of rock […] Read More »

  • Soundproofing a Classroom with AlphaSorb® Fabric Wrapped Panels

    Soundproofing a Classroom

    Good acoustics play an important role in the effectiveness of instructional spaces. Classrooms with excessive noise reverberation make it difficult for students to understand what is being taught. Children with learning disabilities have a far more difficult time paying attention to their teacher, which is neither good for the student or the rest of the […] Read More »

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    Soundproofing a Window

    Quite often we get calls about soundproofing a window. Our customers have issues with sound from traffic & highway noise, neighbors, barking dogs, HVAC and other machinery, etc. coming into a residential or commercial space. Typically, the compliant is that sound is coming in through the existing windows. Soundproofing a window helps provide to reduce distracting […] Read More »

  • Soundproofing a Church Sanctuary

    Soundproofing a Church Sanctuary

    The contemporary worship service space has provided new challenges to the design community; from the architect’s original design, all the way to the sound mixer’s ability to present a clear and meaningful sound to the congregation. Today’s sanctuaries have higher attendance volume and a larger variety of services from the traditional to the contemporary. The spoken […] Read More »

  • Soundproofing a Dog Kennel

    Soundproofing a Dog Kennel has benefits for both humans and the dogs. It reduces ear fatigue for the humans and reduces stress for the dogs (which causes them to bark less). A typical dog kennel has painted block walls, an epoxy coated floor and a painted open truss metal ceiling. All these surfaces are used […] Read More »

  • Suspended Ceiling Treatments

    Office Acoustics 101: Suspended Ceiling Treatments

    Welcome to another edition of Office Acoustics 101.  Last time we talked about Taming Office Noise in an open office environment. Today we’ll tackle the subject of drop tile ceilings and how they relate to several office related noise problems.  While this article is geared towards office applications, please note that many of these principles […] Read More »

  • Office Acoustics 101: Taming Office Noise

    Open office layouts seem to be all the rage these days.  Many companies (especially those in the tech industry) seem to be drawn into the look of re-purposing old warehouses, factory areas, and other large format commercial building designs into large, expansive office environments.  And why not, after all, they usually look great and bridge the […] Read More »

  • Noise Reduction in Open Public Spaces

    My wife and I were sitting at the bar at one of our favorite brunch spots last Sunday and during our conversation she turned to me and told me to stop shouting in her ear. This of course led to me speaking more softly in my normal speaking voice and she told me to stop […] Read More »

  • Acousti-Art Acoustical Panels In A Seminary

    Introduction: Acoustical Panels can be used in a variety of applications. They can be mounted on the walls and ceiling, and are highly customizable. Read on to see just one successful use of Acoustical Panels and see how great they can look! Introducing: The “Cocktail Effect“. You’ve heard it before. You’re out to dinner. The […] Read More »

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    Acoustical Foam for Office Ceilings

    Acoustical foam can be direct mounted to a ceiling to improve office acoustics. Today’s dynamic office environments pose new challenges in the realm of acoustics. To maintain a collaborative work environment, many new office spaces tend to be planned as open spaces, without boundaries to separate colleagues. This does help improve teamwork, but if the […] Read More »