The Sound Advice Blog

Sound Absorption

Spaces that create an echo, or are noisy even when very little sound is being made, need sound absorptive materials. These spaces are probably large, open, or have many hard surfaces. Absorptive treatments will help contain sound energy rather than reflect it, lowering reverberation.

  • The AlphaEnviro® PVC baffles and panels provide a colorful and effective way to improve the room acoustics in this cafeteria at Mechanicsville Elementary School.

    Soundproofing a Cafeteria

    Soundproofing a cafeteria converts what is often a loud utility space it into a quiet, comfortable multi-functional space for students, faculty and parents. The main function of a cafeteria is to provide food service to groups of hungry kids. However, many school cafeterias also have assemblies, performances and other activities taking place. This would require […] Read More »

  • Bands of PolyPhon™ Polyester Acoustic Panels used around the room to reduce improve the room acoustics in the Benedictine Auditorium in Richmond, VA.

    Soundproofing an Auditorium

    Soundproofing an Auditorium is a key component to to a properly functioning event space for entertainment, community gatherings, presentations and performing arts.  Constructed to house large numbers of people, proper acoustics are critical to an auditorium’s function. Without acoustical treatment, the audiences with have a poor experience. Prior to the advent of amplified audio-visual equipment, […] Read More »

  • Sonex® One Acoustic Foam by Pinta Acoustics, Inc.

    Soundproofing an Indoor Pool

    Soundproofing an Indoor Pool is important for many reasons, especially when you consider the variety of events and activities that take place there. Not just for recreational swimming, indoor pools can be a place for swim lessons, aqua-aerobics, swim meets and races, lifeguard training and even water yoga! Because safety, instruction and fun are all […] Read More »

  • Sonex® Pyramid Acoustic Foam by Pinta Acoustic, Inc. - Industrial Application

    Soundproofing Industrial Noise

    Soundproofing industrial noise will help reduce occupational exposure to high sound levels to create a productive and safe working environment. Noise is a huge concern in factories and industrial facilities. It can create hazards in the workplace and affect your health. Industrial Facilities often need to meet specific noise level requirements as outlined by OSHA […] Read More »

  • Moody Middle School's Gymasium is using AlphaEnviro Baffles in ceiling to reduce reverberation in the room.

    Soundproofing a Gymnasium

    Soundproofing a gymnasium is simply a matter of adding enough absorptive material to lower the reverb time and prevent wall to wall sound reflections. The hard flat, parallel surfaces are the main causes of echo and reverberation in architectural settings. This fact is precisely the reason gymnasiums commonly require acoustic treatment. This makes it difficult […] Read More »

  • Heard Island Expedition Acoustic Blankets

    AQFA-10 Blankets at work on the Heard Island Expedition

    On March 1, 2016, the Heard Island Expedition Team boards a flight for Cape Town, South Africa. They plan to carry out a variety of tasks related to the study of climate change. In the fall of 2015, we were contacted by their crew to discuss this expedition. The research team was looking for an […] Read More »

  • AlphaSorb® QS Acoustic Panel

    New Noise Control Kits for Broadcast and Recording Studios!

    We are very excited to introduce a new line of Acoustic Panel Kits. The noise control kits are designed for echo and reverberation control. Commonly, broadcast studios, recording studios, listening rooms and control rooms use these kits. The kits are now available in models to fit almost any size room. These easy to use noise […] Read More »

  • 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 the lessons. Children with learning disabilities have a far more difficult time paying attention to their teacher. This is neither good for the student or the rest of the class. Soundproofing […] Read More »

  • Soundproofing a Church Sanctuary

    Soundproofing a Church Sanctuary

    Soundproofing a church sanctuary can be a challenging process. You must balance the acoustics of the spoken word, the choir, and live musical content. 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 […] Read More »