Author: Ben Chudyk

Before and After Ceiling Cloud Install – Corner Beet

Noise is the #1 complaint according to the latest Zagat survey. To solve these issues we must identify what is going on in these acoustically challenged spaces. When you combine the sound generated by a music system, patrons trying to converse, staff communicating, and even ambient kitchen noise, it builds up and reaches a point… Read More

Eating out may be bad for your ears

By Gail Richard Gail Richard is president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. I’m deaf in one ear. When I dine out, I prefer to be seated with that ear against the window or wall and my good ear aimed toward… Read More

Bowling Alleys Strike it Rich by Adding Acoustic Treatment

In recent years, savvy bowling establishment operators are finding success by combining the fun and fellowship of bowling with fine quality food and drink. Some even go as far as creating a night club atmosphere. This entrepreneurial combination is proving to be successful in attracting a new and diverse clientele that can include corporate team… Read More

Acoustic panel placement – The Mirror Trick!

Sound above 400Hz is considered to be directional. In fact, the higher the frequency, the more directional the sound waves tend to be.  In a home theater or 2-channel listening room, these bounce off the nearby walls and produce very noticeable second order reflections which compete with the direct sound from the loudspeakers. These are… Read More

Control Sound in a Gymnasium

Walk into a gymnasium and you can hear the echo from your footsteps as the sound ricochets off the floor, walls and ceiling. In some gyms, the echo can last as long as 10 seconds! The excessive reverberant field is the primary reason gymnasiums are one of the most challenging spaces of all in which… Read More

Designing a Vocal Booth

Whether you are designing a vocal booth or isolation room for instruments, the desired outcome is the same: The room must keep outside noise from polluting the recording and the room itself must not introduce anomalies to the voice or instrument. Determining the size of the room Vocal booths are generally smaller rooms designed to… Read More

Understanding the Basics of Sound Control in Home Theaters

Acoustic sound control is one of the most misunderstood elements of our industry. The truth is, it’s a lot easier than we imagine and often easier than installing a simple hi-fi system. So why do some contractors shy away from this moneymaking opportunity? Familiarity is likely the number one reason. Many integrators have been installing… Read More

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