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 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

    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 […]

  • Acoustical Solutions Releases Noise Pollution Infographic

    RICHMOND, VA (February 18, 2013) – The world around us is getting noisier, and people in developed nations of all ages are paying the price. According to the BBC World Service’s special ‘The Noisy Planet’, when noise levels were recently measured “from traffic and other machinery inside a ‘quiet’ London restaurant, [they] found them as high as the loudest […]

  • Soundproofing a Waterfall

    Soundproofing a Waterfall

    When we hear ‘environmental noise control’, we tend to think of sound blocking barriers like soundproof walls or enclosures that are meant to keep sound from transmitting into unwanted areas. However, sometimes the noise control issue doesn’t require keeping noise from leaving one area and entering another, but keeping reverberation and noise levels down inside […]

  • Game Day Excitement at Acoustical Solutions!

    This past Friday, the Acoustical Solutions showroom was alive with anticipation for the big game: It got pretty rowdy, but luckily with all those sound absorbing materials in the showroom, no one was too distracted from their work… Things can get pretty heated between diehard Ravens and Forty-Niners fans – Who are you rooting for?