Best Ways To Reduce Reverb & Echo in a Gymnasium
The Problem With Reverb
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.
Acoustic Panels for Your Walls
Acoustic panels offer an effective and affordable way to control sound quality in an indoor or enclosed space. These noise-reducing panels effectively reduce lingering echoes, allowing you to experience the clear and controlled sound necessary for activities like class, meetings, or musical performances. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find the right panels for your gymnasium’s specific needs.
Two quality manufacturers of sound-absorbing acoustic panels are SONEX and Whisperwave. Both offer excellent noise-reducing abilities, are available in a larger selection of colors and designs, and are easy to install. They are also moisture-resistant. SONEX panels are made from Class 1 flame-resistant Willtec foam, making them durable and able to be cut and molded into just about any shape. Check out the Valueline sound-absorbing acoustic foam panels for quality panels at the prices you need to stay on budget.
Ambience Wall Panels
If you are looking to cover a large area at an affordable price, then Ambience wall panels might be the perfect solution for you. These panels are much larger than standard acoustic panels and are designed for large spaces. They are also available in a wide selection of over 100 different colors, shapes, and prints, so you can turn your sound-absorbing walls into works of art. The panels have been tested to ensure they provide the proven quality results you need when sticking to a budget. All panels are made to order.
Ceiling Panels & Baffles
Baffles are very similar to acoustic wall panels; however, they hang down from the ceiling. They come in a variety of different shapes and designs to match any interior, and they can significantly reduce echoes and reverberation, improving the clarity of speech within a specific location. Some common shapes for baffles are panels, rods, and wave-like ribbons that add additional texture and depth to the space. Ambience baffles are great at providing high sound absorption in large venues.
We hope these tips will help you improve the sound quality of your gymnasium. If you have any questions or need help improving the acoustic quality of your gym, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Soundaway at 866.768.6381. We would be happy to help!