Balancing a Complete Acoustic Treatment: Is Your Sound ‘Sick’?

4 Tips for Your Acoustic Room Treatment DesignYou thought you had solved your sound problems – but even after installing acoustic panels or soundproofing your room, your sound still doesn’t, well, ‘sound’ quite the way you hoped.

What many people don’t realize when seeking a solution is that a complete acoustic treatment often requires the installation of both absorption material and isolation material.

Learn how to diagnose your acoustic problems and what you can do to fix them once and for all for a complete acoustic treatment!

 

Scenario 1: Too Little Absorption

heard, but inside the room the sound level is unbearable.

 High-pitched 

sounds are more irritating than ever before; it is hard to hold a conversation, hear the detail in music, or understand dialogue in movies.

The Symptoms: Outside the room is question not a peep can be heard, but inside the room the sound level is unbearable. High-pitched sounds are more irritating than ever before; it is hard to hold a conversation, hear the detail in music, or understand dialogue in movies.  

 

The Diagnosis: Good isolation, but too little absorption. You did a great job soundproofing your room, but now the sound is all trapped inside, reverberating off hard surfaces and making the overall sound level more intense.


The Solution:
A moderate about of absorption. (Over-absorbing in your room will create an entirely different problem.) Start with a few acoustic panels, sound tiles, or sound absorption sheets – you might be surprised at how much of a difference you experience. After installation of absorption, you should be able to hear more detail and layer in all types of sound, as well as notice quieter sound levels overall.

 

 

Scenario 2: Too Little Isolation

The Symptoms: You finally installed acoustic panels in your listening room. You think your music sounds great, but your neighbors don’t feel the same way.

The Diagnosis: Good absorption, but too little isolation. While installing an adequate amount of absorption will help to mitigate the intensity of sound escaping a room, the only way to really stop sound from spreading is with a sound isolation – or soundproofing – material, like Audimute’s Peacemaker®.

The Solution: One common issue with adding sound isolation treatment to an existing room is that good soundproofing requires permanent construction. Soundproofing involves adding layers of mass to room walls to block sound waves. If the effort is worth it to you, this is the only way to officially soundproof walls.

Creating a Complete Acoustic Treatment

In order to create a balanced and complete acoustic treatment, it is important to understand this distinction: absorption material and isolation material have very different effects on sound. Absorption material changes the character of sound within a space. Isolation material is what “soundproofs”; it physically blocks sound from escaping a certain area. Combine isolation and absorption in the proper way for your space and you will finally be in control of your sound.

Isolation and absorption treatments are equal parts of the acoustic treatment equation. If you already have one side of the equation covered, take baby steps to solve the other; you may be surprised at how a few small changes can be enough to create the sound you always hoped for!

 

For more information on creating a complete acoustic treatment and help solving the sound issue in your space, fill out our free room analysis form or call an Audimute Acoustic Specialists at (866) 505-MUTE for personalized advice today!