Frequently Asked Acoustics Questions (FAQs)
When we hear a lot of the same acoustics questions repeated to us via our online chat, phone, email, or free room analysis forms, we know we need a better explanation or presentation of the information on our website. Here, we've answered a few of the most basic questions. For acoustics questions related to your particular space or application, take advantage of our free room acoustic solution form. It takes 2-3 minutes to complete. You will answer questions about your space so that we can begin to get an idea of your likely needs before we take up your time on the phone, and you will get personalized attention from one of our acoustic specialists. We respond to forms by the next business day!
Customer Service Concerns
Acoustic Panel Information
Audimute Absorption Sheets Information
We have one location in Beachwood, Ohio. If you wish to visit us, please call in advance and schedule an appointment. However, all of the product information is available online; you may place an order online or call us 866-505-MUTE.
Audimute offers a 30-day return policy on stocked products.
- Returns must be received within 30 days of receipt.
- Returns must be received in new condition.
- All returns must be authorized before the product is sent back.
- You will be responsible for the shipping costs to return the merchandise.
- Always ship with proper packaging and insurance, using reputable carriers.
- A restocking fee of 20% will be charged on all returned items.
- Items must be fully returned in the original purchase configuration. For example, a 4-pack of Absorption Sheets must be returned with 4 Absorption Sheets.
- Only stocked items are returnable. This includes:
- Absorption Sheets
- Door Seal Kits
- Unused Hardware and Adhesives
- Made-to-order items cannot be returned.
Starting your Return:
- Complete the form here, and await return authorization.
- Write your order number on the outside of your box.
- Return or Ship to:
23945 Mercantile Road, Suite H
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
We will process your return within 5 business days of receipt and issue a refund via the payment method used on the original order.
We want to make your return as easy as possible. Please feel free to call us at (866) 505-MUTE.
*Failure to follow proper return instructions may lead to delays or denial of your return.
Orders that are placed online using our website and shipped to the contiguous 48 U.S. states (excluding AK and HI) will apply for free shipping. If you are interested in a custom solution that is not available online, or if you are located outside of the contiguous 48 U.S. states, we will need to obtain a shipping quote for your order. Please contact our Acoustic Specialists at (866)505-6883 for assistance with shipping quotes.
We ship using our choice of carrier between UPS and USPS for orders in the United States. Canada orders ship via UPS. For all other international orders, please call or live chat with us for information on our international shipping rates.
Unfortunately, the size of our products restricts us from shipping to PO Box addresses. You can find our current shipping options here.
Paypal is simply the third party medium that Audimute uses to process payments, so error notifications come from Paypal regardless of whether you have an account with Paypal or not. Our customer service department can assist you in resolving any error associated with placing an order. Please call 866-505-MUTE for assistance.
Long ago we made a commitment to provide our customers with a remarkable experience every time. We stand behind all of our products and we are confident that you will love the acoustic products and solution we recommend. In fact, we guarantee you’ll be happy with our recommendation. If you don’t, simply call us and we will make it right.
If you order the wrong product for your needs, give us a call and chat with one of our knowledgeable Acoustics Specialist. They may be able to offer some sound advice. If you are still unhappy with your choice, we can help you return your order.
If you need to reference our warranty, please contact us and we can provide you with a copy.
We offer shipping to Canada through our website. For all other international orders, please call or chat with us to arrange international shipping.
At Audimute, we've developed expertise in crafting acoustic products. We've also developed expertise in packaging them well so that they arrive to you in pristine condition and in a timely fashion. This means that each in-stock product has a pre-determined lead time that allows up to devote the appropriate time and care to hand-crafting your new acoustic treatment.
All orders adapt to the longest lead time of the products on that order. We do not partial ship orders. Shipping transit time is not included in this lead time.
View our Shipping Policy for more information.
If you are ordering Custom Image Panels, we will send you a proof of your image panel(s) within one business day. Keep in mind that the image proof must be approved before the production lead time can begin. If you do not approve the proof, the panels will automatically go into production two business days after the proof was sent to you.
Eco-Friendly Sound Absorption
eco-C-tex® sound absorption material is the most important component when it comes to the construction of your acoustic panel. Unlike traditional acoustic foam, eco-C-tex is made from a blend of cotton and cellulose most of which comes from recycled newspapers. By converting recycled paper into cellulose fibers, paper is kept out of landfills where it has the potential to pollute the environment. In addition, the eco-C-tex manufacturing process is eco-friendly, using only 1/10 of the energy required to produce fiberglass and 1/40 of the energy used to create foam.
AcoustiColor® Appealing Texture Variations
Known for its natural bands of texture playing throughout, the final appearance of AcoustiColor® products have normal irregularities that are considered part of the appeal. Variations in the appearance of texture and shading, for example, create a distinctively interesting character that makes AcoustiColor so unique. This product delivers the aesthetics of rustic natural stone; therefore, variations are both normal and desirable. Key characteristics are a dense yet porous fine-grained appearance. Each piece is unique with textures occurring naturally.
We're happy to help resolve any issues that may occur in shipping. Please review our Damages Policy for more information.
Producing high-quality products delivered in a timely manner to our customers involves planning and collaboration between multiple departments within our organization. We strive to begin production on orders as quickly as possible and have procedures in place to assist us in this goal. Because of this, order changes cannot be guaranteed if requested more than one hour past order placement. Additionally, any order for custom/made-to-order product cannot be canceled once placed. For more information, please view our Order Policy.
This is one of the toughest questions we are asked. The answer is...it depends. It depends on the current construction and finishes (such as wall surface materials, seating, windows, etc.) of the space you wish to treat. It depends on the answer to the question: what does success sound like to you? (Do you need absolute quiet? Or, is a moderate reduction in annoying echo and reverberation all you need?) It depends on how you plan to use the space...recording studios, auditoriums, office conference rooms, restaurant dining areas, and home living spaces have different requirements. A good rule of thumb, at least for budgeting purposes, is this: expect to cover 10%-20% of your wall surface area with acoustic panels if you need moderate absorption in a space with a good amount of noise. In some cases, more than 20% coverage may be required. In other cases, the simple addition of a couple panels placed in strategic locations may be all you need.
To find out how many acoustic panels are necessary for your application, click here: How Many Acoustic Noise Reduction Panels Do I Need?
An acoustic specialist is often the best source for determining your needs. Use our free room acoustic solution form, call or chat with us to have an Audimute acoustic specialist help you determine your own needs. We are here to help.
Not necessarily, results depend on the placement of the Acoustic Panel than thickness or size. The thickness of the Acoustic Panel depends on the type of sound that needs to be absorbed. Our 2” thickness panels are meant to absorb mid to high range frequencies, while our 4” thickness panels absorb lower range frequencies. When considering what Acoustic Panels to order it is best to contact one of the acoustic specialists to ensure the best results.
On the most basic level, you should try to place acoustic panels wherever sound is hitting walls. In most cases, in simply shaped rooms (squares or rectangles) with a single sound source, you can easily identify the point of the first reflection by visualizing what direction the sound is traveling from the sound source. In spaces where the primary sound source is the conversation of groups of people, it is best to place panels at eye level (around three feet up if people are seated in the room; about five to six feet if they are standing). Finally, placing panels in corners can help with sound build-up.
In more oddly shaped rooms, or when the sound source is more complicated, you may find it helpful to consult with an acoustic specialist. Audimute's acoustic consultants are available to consult at any point in your search for an acoustic solution: Contact Us here.
Read more about guidelines for improving acoustics with strategic acoustic panel placement here.
Please provide your image in pdf, tiff, eps or psd format. You can submit your pictures via email or FTP. For the best quality print, a minimum resolution of 200 DPI is required. For more information please review our image panel art requirements. If you do not have an image suitable for panel production iStockphoto has a variety of pictures to select from. To learn how to transfer an image to a panel read our explanatory guide here.
We now offer the ability to create any size panel ranging from 6”x6” all the way up to 6’x8’. You can place your custom size panel order directly on our website. If you need a larger panel size or do not see what you are looking for on our custom panel page, please feel free to call us at, 866-505-MUTE, and one of our acoustic specialists can assist you.
Most of our acoustic products have been lab tested, please feel free to review this information below.
Acoustic Panels and Tiles:
Absorption Sheets and isolé:
Audimute Sheets are not intended to be an STC solution for blocking/isolating sound. Audimute’s absorption sheets reduce and absorb reverberation (reflected sound) within a space. Our sheets absorb high, mid and low range frequency sounds.
Audimute Absorption Sheets:
- Clean Up Your Sound - Provide for clearer sounding music – eliminate the ‘Shouting Contest’ as you can hear every member of the band more evenly, without the competing deflecting sound waves. This separation of instruments allows musicians to find their mistakes in timing and pitch, correcting your band harmonies.
- Save Your Hearing – Reduce exposure to harmful/dangerous volume levels
- Make Neighbors/Housemates Happier
- Save the Planet – Audimute is made from recycled materials. It’s a safe & natural product.
No, we do not recommend cutting to size. Audimute Sheets are a quilted product, and cutting into the sheet will cause the acoustically absorptive filling to fall out. Instead, sheets can easily be folded to fit your personal size requirements.
For example, our Peacemaker Soundpoofing Underlayment is our thickest barrier product but it is the least dense and therefor does not block sound as effectively as our Peacemaker Sound Barrier. Audimute’s Peacemaker Soundproofing Underlayment is effective at isolating and preventing resonating, shaking, vibration and other movement caused by impact noise. For wall applications we typically recommend using Peacemaker Sound Barrier or Peacemaker Sound Barrier Lite for noise blocking and for floor and ceiling applications, Peacemaker Soundproofing Underlayment will prevent vibration and impact noise.
Unlike some other acoustic panels, Audimute does not require a permanent installation method. Instead, the frame of the panel attaches to a panel clip, much like hanging a picture. Simply screw the panel clip into the wall at the height you desire the top of your panel to be positioned, then slide the edge of the frame over the specially designed clip.
Click here for detailed, fully illustrated acoustic sound panel installation instructions.
We recommend using one panel clip for all standard size vertical acoustic panel wall hangings. We include one panel clip per acoustic panel with your purchase. We recommend using two panel clips when hanging an acoustic panel horizontally or when the width exceeds three feet. Extra panel clips are sold separately on our website, four clips to a pack found here.
You can use any hanging hardware that can be securely anchored into your wall. Screws, nails, picture hooks, and other widely available mounting hardware may work, depending on the construction of your walls and your intended use. We recommend using our Quick Hanging Knobs as an easy, practical solution, especially if you need a more attractive, permanent gallery style hanging solution. Using knobs that screw on and off of permanently anchored screw in bolts also provides a more secure and durable solution in situations where the hanging products will be layered and/or hung and taken down repeatedly in the same location.Though two knobs will adequately hold the sheet up, we recommend three knobs (one for each grommet) to prevent sag in the middle of the sheet. If you will be layering 2 sheets, each knob/bolt combination can hold 2 grommets.
Check out further installation instructions here.