Many people confuse sound absorption and sound proofing. Sound absorption is the method that is commonly used to treat a room that has excessive amounts of high and med level frequencies known commonly as slap and flutter echo. Sound proofing is the method in which sound is isolated within an area.
The most popular sound absorption solutions on the market today are sound absorption panels and drapery. Sound absorption panels come in a variety of styles, shapes, colors and sizes. Sound panel cores are manufactured using different materials such as foam, fiberglass or Eco-friendly cotton fiber batting. Structure frames may be fabricated with plastic, aluminum or wood with an open or solid back. While many manufacturers tend to be focused on personal/home use, these product lines may not be suitable for commercial use. Product research is recommended if your project must meet commercial building codes and/or insurance requirements. Many sound panel manufacturers offer commercial quality panels as their standard product or as a separate product line. Drapery is another form of sound absorption commonly used. The most effective applications are usually achieved when heavy weight fabric, such as velvet is used. Permanent and temporary drapery systems are available from many manufacturers and suppliers.
Sound proofing solutions are often more complex and may become very expensive. Isolation booths are a common solution in musical environments. An example of this would be a drum/vocal isolation booth that is designed to keep the sound isolated. Microphones may be placed inside enabling controlled volume and/or recording. Isolation booths are particularly effective in gaining volume control for over powering sounds, such as traditional drum sets. Other methods often include sound blocking materials such as cotton fiber, mass loaded vinyl, closed cell foam and plastic sheets. Many times sound isolating products are used in combination to be more effective. Sound proofing materials may be placed inside or outside wall surface and are available in raw material as well as finished product manufactured to be visually pleasing.
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Written By: Temple Shelton
Tim Shelton – Owner – Innovative Sound Products