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 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Soundproof a floor with Iso-Step® Acoustic Underlayment

    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. It also creates airborne sound that travels through the air. This is often realized in the real world as a ‘neighbor noise’ generated from someone walking on the floor above or other […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Blocking Sound

    Soundproofing a Wall

    Soundproofing a Wall | Sound Barrier & Sound Blocking Basics  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.  These are then used in the construction assembly of a wall, floor or ceiling. Blocking sound […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

  • Acoustic Testing: Computer Modeling vs. Real World Accuracy

    For anyone that is interested in the accuracy of different testing methods (computer modeling vs. real world accuracy) for determining the STC of a wall assembly, Sound & Vibration Magazine has an article in its December 2014 issue. It covers the testing comparison of the different methods, using four types of wall assemblies. A very interesting note […]