The Sound Advice Blog

Kevin McIver

  • Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

    Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

    Exterior noise and sound can be quite irritating, whether in a residential or commercial area.  Noise sources can come from neighboring homes, traffic noise, pool pumps, HVAC equipment, and nearby commercial spaces. If the sound cannot be completely isolated within an enclosure,  a sound barrier can be inserted into the direct path of the sound. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Soundproofing an Interior Window

    Many business don’t own, but rent, their office space. This can cause a headache when modification of the facility is needed to suit the organization’s changing needs, but isn’t allowed by the landlord. This was the case with a clinical social worker who rented a small office space in a great location. There was originally a receptionist’s […]

  • Custom Acoustic Foam Ceiling For Kids With Learning Differences

    Acoustical Solutions Rep Kevin McIver recently worked with a private independent school that serves children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. The room is a Physical Education Classroom that is always filled with a lot of movement and noise. All the parallel, bare surfaces however, created a high reverberation time and echo that amplified […]

  • Can I Add Art to Acoustical Panels?

    At Acoustical Solutions, we get asked all the time if art or images can be printed onto our acoustical wall panels. The answer is yes! Last year we introduced our AcoustiArt Panels, followed by our AcoustiDesign Panels and AcoustiGraph Wall System. These sound absorbing acoustical products are printed and wrapped with acoustically transparent inks and […]

  • Acoustical Treatments in Wineries - King Family Vineyards

    Acoustical Treatment in Wineries

    Soundproofing and noise control are an important but often overlooked aspects of facility management, especially in wineries where excess noise can destroy the laid-back ambiance. We’ve treated spaces in wineries ranging from tasting rooms to large event halls and restaurants, and each time we get the same response: “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”  It […]