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.

  • 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 […]

  • New Ceiling Tiles Combine High Power Thermal Insulation and Acoustical Technology

    RICHMOND, VA (September 24, 2012) – The issues of energy efficient climate control and acoustics have long been addressed separately by contractors and homeowners during construction. Thanks to Acoustical Solutions, Inc., both of these concerns can now be solved easily with AcoustiTherm Ceiling Tiles. AcoustiTherm Ceiling Tiles provide superior sound absorption to standard acoustical ceiling tiles while also providing […]

  • 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 […]

  • New AcoustiTherm Ceiling Tiles Combine High Power Thermal Insulation and Acoustical Technology

    The issues of energy efficient climate control and acoustics have long been addressed separately by contractors and homeowners during construction. Thanks to Acoustical Solutions, Inc., both of these concerns can now be solved easily with AcoustiTherm Ceiling Tiles. AcoustiTherm Ceiling Tiles provide superior sound absorption to standard acoustical ceiling tiles while also providing excellent thermal […]

  • 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 […]