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  • 3 Parts to an Acoustic Panel

    An acoustic (or sound-absorbing) panel is one of the most common options for improving sound quality in a room. They are used to mitigate noise by reducing the reverberation and echo within a space. It is important to note that an acoustic panel does not actually soundproof a room or block sound from entering a space. Let's take a closer look at the parts that make up these sound-absorbing panels and how they function.
  • Acoustics in Social Spaces

    Bars, breweries, tasting rooms, and other social spaces are rapidly expanding across the nation. These lucrative businesses provide an excellent atmosphere to unwind or have a bit of fun after a long day or week. However, with so many new competitors entering the industry, it can be hard to keep ahead of the competition. One of the most important key points in having an atmosphere that draws the crowds and keeps them coming back is the sound and acoustics of your space.
  • Best Ways To Reduce Reverb & Echo in a Gymnasium

    Most gymnasiums are designed like a big box, with flat walls made from hard materials like brick and hardwood that easily bounce sound. This can cause reverb and echoes that make it hard to understand a speaker, especially if the audience is further away. Too much reverberation can distort short, sharp transient sound, making percussive or strummed instruments sound off and speech such as T’s and P’s difficult to interpret correctly.
  • How Do Acoustic Panels Work?

    Acoustic panels are made from porous materials that essentially trap sound waves by turning acoustic energy into kinetic energy, or heat. This helps to reduce echo or reverberations caused by sound waves reflecting off hard surfaces such as drywall, metal, glass, concrete, tiles, and wood. Acoustic panels can be used to cover hard surfaces, helping to eliminate or reduce sound reflections that we perceive as echo or reverberation.
  • Is Acoustic Treatment a Fire Hazard?

    Materials used in soundproofing, such as acoustical fabric, foam, drywall, fiberglass, and others, are generally nonflammable. They are not considered to be a fire hazard, and some materials such as fiberglass are even used as fire-blocking agents. While these materials are typically inflammable, they do have their limits and may catch on fire or burn if subjected to high temperatures for an extended period of time.
  • Low-Frequency Noise Solutions

    Low-frequency noise (LFN) can be tricky to pinpoint. All sound is vibration, and frequency is the number of times a sound wave passes a specific point in a single second. The adult human ear is only capable of consciously recognizing sounds in the range of 5 - 18,000 Hz. Low-frequency sound may be loosely defined as having a frequency below 150 Hz, meaning that it might be difficult to hear.
  • Understanding Acoustic Design in Commercial Spaces

    When it comes to creating a pleasant and functional environment in commercial spaces, acoustic design plays a crucial role. Whether it's an office, restaurant, or retail store, the way sound is managed can greatly impact the overall experience of occupants and visitors.
  • 3 Simple Solutions To Improve Conference Room Acoustics

    While the quality of room acoustics typically gets plenty of attention in venues where music will be played or recorded, and where stage plays or other theatrical presentations are performed, its importance shouldn't be overlooked in places like offices or conference rooms. Below are just a few of the many methods that can be used to improve the sound quality in offices and conference rooms to allow for improved audio during phone calls and meetings.

  • Acoustic Control: It isn’t Just for Walls Anymore

    Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) is a high -density, safe, non-toxic vinyl acoustic noise barrier that can help reduce sound transmission and contain noise reverberations. MLV can easily be applied and reinforced to outdoor fences or hung against them like a curtain to help reduce noise. Whether for nagging neighbors or an industrial park with heavy equipment operating outdoors, MLV noise barriers are a perfect solution.

  • Black Acoustic Boards for Noise Reduction

    Here at SoundAway, we’re always looking for efficient and affordable ways to help our customers with their soundproofing and acoustical needs. The benefits of reducing sound reverberations in the home and workplace are vast and well documented (just read our previous posts!). These reverberations can be extremely irritating and a major distraction. Whether you notice it or not, these noises interrupt your concentration, disrupting productivity, as well as sleep cycles. This causes a greatly reduced level of productivity and creativity that can cost you time, money, and even your health. Fortunately, we have another affordable solution for reducing noise and reverberations in in your home or office.

  • Guilford of Maine Acoustic Fabrics

    If you are interested in adding some color to your acoustic panels, there are plenty of options – good and bad. Taking your favorite designs or materials from the local fabric store and wrapping your acoustic panels will likely take away from the paneling’s ability to absorb sound properly, putting you right back where you started.

  • Making Acoustic Control Stylish Again

    While acoustic panels and components can add funky and fun textures to rooms, they are not always ideal for enhancing the overall aesthetic that you imagine for that specific space. Acoustical panels and baffles are often bulky and monochromatic, which can suck the life out of a space designed for productive creativity. At SoundAway, we aim to help you improve the acoustics of your most important spaces without limiting your design options or color choices.

  • Restaurant Acoustics Blog

    If you own a restaurant, your key goals are to provide customers with great food and a great dining experience. This goes beyond delicious ingredients, great customer service and a clean dining area; the sound and ambience of your restaurant can play a big role in a patron’s decision to frequent your business. Think back to the times you ate at a restaurant that was so noisy you had to shout to talk with your friends. Did you want to go back there and eat again? Luckily, there are several ways to control the noise in your restaurant to provide a top-quality experience for your customers.

  • Soundproofing Existing Drop-In Ceiling Tiles With Acoustic Overlay

    Looking for info on how to soundproof a ceiling with drop-in tiles? We’re here to help. There’s more to your installation options than simply swapping out old tiles with newer, insulated ones. The tips below will help to guide you in getting started with installing a noise-reduction solution that fits your needs

  • The Importance of Acoustics in Improving the Patient Experience

    In a hospital environment, it seems that noise is unavoidable. Machines humming, patients talking, nurses walking down the hallway, surgeries taking place — noise seems to permeate every inch of the facility. If you work at a hospital, you learn how to tune it out over time. However, patients don't have that luxury. And excess noise isn't just annoying; it can actually impede recovery.

  • Acoustic Panel Calculator

    Posted 11/16/2020 in General Understanding

    You may find yourself wondering, “How many acoustic panels do I need for a ______?” You fill in the blank — studio, conference room, home office, you name it! We can help you lower reverberation in any space.