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.

  • Acoustical Solutions Panels Make Travel + Leisure's Most Romantic Restaurants List

    ASI Sales Rep Aaron Duncan recently helped design acoustical treatment for Sotto 13, a new Italian restaurant located in New York City. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Acoustical Solutions was notified that the eatery made Leisure + Design’s list of ‘Most Romantic Restaurants in America’ – Way to go Aaron! Here is what ASI’s […]

  • Verisk Health AcoustiArt Panels depicting Richmond area landmarks.

    AcoustiArt Printed Acoustical Wall Panels are Perfect for the Office

    Last year we introduced our AcoustiArt Printed Acoustical Wall Panels, and orders have been rushing through our warehouse and into commercial offices faster than we can count! The increasing number of open office plans have created a lack of speech privacy and increased distraction. High noise levels in the working environment have facility managers embracing […]

  • NBC's Today Show Discusses the Rising Noise Level in Restaurants

    “The increasing noise in restaurants, sometimes as loud as a jackhammer or lawnmower, has critics and patrons frustrated – prompting restaurant owners to take action to make conversation while dining more comfortable. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports” We were very excited to see this spot on the Today Show yesterday morning. Not only are loud restaurants […]

  • 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: 1.) Spending time with family and friends while reflecting on everything we have to be thankful for, and 2.) FOOD. (*Your grandma’s pumpkin pie might, in fact, be what you are thankful for.) With such a heavy focus on food during […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]