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.

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    Rehearsal Room Acoustics: 3 Tips for Soundproofing a Practice Space

    There are three things you need to consider if you want your rehearsal room acoustics to be perfect for your band’s practice sessions. 1. Hear yourself, not the reverberation The whole purpose of practicing with a band or by yourself is that you can hear the sound you are making clearly and accurately – even […]

  • New York City Noisier Than Ever?

    The New York Times published an article this month titled: “Many Pleas for Quiet, but City Still Thunders” It’s a great read, and really covers the history of noise in the loudest city in the world – and what NYC has done to try to control the noise over the years. You can read the […]

  • Home Office Soundproofing: Acoustical Solutions Featured on! recently published an article on home office soundproofing, featuring Acoustical Solutions products and advice from our own Matt Boughan. Here are the highlights: “I work from home, and apparently I am in good, and growing, company. There are 3.1 million of us in the United States who now work from home, and this number […]

  • Soundproofing an Apartment: Non-Invasive Fixes for Quieter Renting

    So you’ve found the apartment of your dreams – great neighborhood, great price, beautiful appliances. You move all your stuff in and settle down for the night when you realize… I CAN HEAR EVERYTHING MY NEIGHBORS DO. You hear your them upstairs walking around in heels on the tile floor, you hear them across the […]

  • Soundproofing Chillers: New College Dormitory Has Unanticipated Noise

    Most water cooled chillers scream at around 500-600 Hz. Very annoying especially if you have the room above. Soundproofing chillers takes a combination of mass and absorptive material. Engineers working with Christopher Newport University in Virginia contacted Acoustical Solutions to see what they could do to reduce chiller noise in a new dorm on campus. […]

  • Acoustics and Design Meet at InfoComm 2013

    RICHMOND, VA (May 28, 2013) – For the past twenty years, Acoustical Solutions has been a staple exhibitor at InfoComm, the largest pro-AV show in the world, recognized as a Tradeshow News Network Top 250 Trade Show. With over 925 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees from over 90 countries, InfoComm is an amazing opportunity for systems integrators and others […]

  • Four Tips for Soundproofing Rental Units

    If you manage or own a multi-family dwelling, you can count on noise being a top complaint from your tenants. It’s not easy living so close to one another – especially with paper thin walls and neighbors with differing schedules. Soundproofing rental units can make a world of difference for tenants who will be more […]

  • How to Reduce Indoor Swimming Pool Noise

    Summer is almost here, and everyone you know is anxious to head for the nearest body of water. Many of you avid swimmers have probably already been practicing your butterfly and breast strokes… at your local indoor pool. Besides the lack of sunshine, one drawback to using an indoor pool is the noise level. In […]

  • How to Soundproof: Acoustic Foam Does Not Block Sound

    This title says it all, basically. I explain that acoustic foam does not block sound about 5 times a day to prospective customers wanting to know how to soundproof. The question invariably comes back, “Why not? What the heck is it used for?” It’s not that I’m trying to ruin anyone’s day here – I […]

  • Cleaning Acoustic Panels: Spring Cleaning for Soundproofing

    With the arrival of Spring, many people are focusing on the nice weather and rejoicing that they can finally open their windows and clean their offices and homes after being holed up by the cold. While you are doing your spring cleaning, however, you may wonder how in the world you are supposed to clean […]