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.

  • AcoustiWall Fabric Stretch System in a large worship facility.

    The Basics: Acoustic Treatment Design for a Worship Space

    From the contemporary design stage to installation Worship facilities are among the most common to use acoustical treatment—because these buildings are almost always in desperate need of it. Obviously, houses of worship are used for sermons and gatherings where speech intelligibility is critical, as well as live and recorded musical performances. Therefore reverberation must be […]

  • Thanksgiving Acoustics: Cutting Crowded Kitchen Clatter

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and to most Americans this means two things: Spending time with family and friends while reflecting on everything we have to be thankful for. FOOD. (*Your grandma’s pumpkin pie might, in fact, be what you are thankful for.) With such a heavy focus on food during this Thanksgiving season, […]

  • Improving Facility Acoustics for Veterans

    According to a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, “hearing loss affects 31 million Americans, particularly veterans who were exposed to harmful levels of noise during military functions. Many veterans also receive treatment with ototoxic medications, which may exacerbate preexisting hearing loss. Thus, hearing loss is the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Michigan Home Studio utilizing sound diffusers in a home studio.

    What Acoustical Treatment Should My Home Studio Have?

    If you have your own home studio, or are thinking about setting one up, you probably know that the acoustics in your recording and mixing spaces have a lot to do with the outcome of your tracks. Many home studios are only one room, so the acoustical components of the room must be flexible, compromising […]

  • What is IIC? (Impact Insulation Class)

    What is it? Impact Insulation Class is an acoustical rating used to quantify impact sound absorption. What is it used for? This rating system is used for floor/ceiling arrangements. Some arrangements include floor underlayments, which go under carpet, vinyl, or hardwood in multi-level buildings to absorb impact noise such as footfall, keeping the noise and […]

  • Back to School: How to Make Distance Learning Loud and Clear

    The number of schools and colleges offering distance learning classes is increasing. A study published in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Education found that “From 2000 to 2008, the percentage of undergraduates enrolled in at least one distance education class expanded from 8 percent to 20 percent, and the percentage enrolled in a distance […]

  • 2012 Olympics: Gyms, Pools, and Sports Centers with Noise Control

    If you read last week’s post, you now know what makes an athletic facility Olympic level, and that is noise control. Athletes at the Olympics are able to focus and teams can communicate better when the overall noise level from crowds and other factors are kept low. Here is a list of courts, gymnasiums, multipurpose […]

  • 2012 Olympics: Why Acoustics in Athletic Facilities Make a Difference

    With the 2012 London Olympics around the corner, the world is buzzing with stories about our favorite teams and athletes. Their stats, diets, and athletic training regimens are analyzed as we observe in awe at how any human being can become so well attuned to a physical endeavor. While credit certainly goes wholly to the athlete […]

  • Noisy Restaurants: Diners Notice, and it Can be Fixed

    I’m going to be honest… before coming to Acoustical Solutions, I paid very little attention to acoustics. I understood what soundproofing meant, but I had no idea there were so many products dedicated to manipulating the way sound behaves in a given space. Now that I have been in the industry for a while, constantly […]