Acoustical Materials to Go

Jun 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

THE LATEST TREATMENTS OFFER SOLUTIONS FOR MANY TYPES OF FACILITIES

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A cornerstone of any great studio design is its acoustical treatment. While the best option is to build the treatments into the walls and ceilings, manufacturers continue to design and develop highly effective products for easy installation that can address myriad acoustical issues in a variety of commercial and personal studio spaces. This month, Mix looks at the latest product offerings, including foam, panels, isolation products and complete treatment kits (bass traps, diffusors, tiles).

Auralex SonoLite

Auralex SonoLite

FOAM
At the 2011 NAB Show, Auralex Acoustics introduced its SonoLite fabric wrapped StudiofoamPro panels; this product reaches out to smaller and affiliate broadcast production facilities. SonoLite ($29.99 per panel) is a fabric-wrapped StudiofoamPro panel that measures 2x2 feet x 1 inch. SonoLite is available in black or beige with squared edges, and provides an overall Noise Coefficient Rating (NRC) of 0.75.

PANELS
Acoustic Sciences Corporation’s Wall Panels provide treble absorption with built-in reflectors. They can be used for primary and secondary sidewall reflection control, or paired with diffusors for home theaters. Wall Panels are available in a Foss finish with three choices of color; they measure 14x36.75x2 inches (190 Hz) and are packaged 12 per box at $119 each MSRP. Diffuser Panels turn hard-treble reflections into gentle ambience. They can be used to “move” walls away or enhance surround effects. The membrane bass trap enhances dynamics. Diffuser panels are also available in a Foss finish with three choices of color. They measure 14x36.75 inches (40 Hz); six are included per box ($229 each MSRP).

Acoustical Solutions Sonex Audio Tiles are sound-absorbent foam tiles to control HF noise in broadcast and recording studios.

Acoustical Solutions Sonex Audio Tiles are sound-absorbent foam tiles to control HF noise in broadcast and recording studios.

Acoustical Solutions has an exclusive agreement with Pinta Acoustic to sell Sonex Audio Tiles ($60 MSRP), which are sound-absorbent foam tiles designed to control HF noise in broadcast and recording studios. They come in a 1x1-foot x 1-inch size to treat exact points of reflection. Sonex Audio Tiles are Class-1 fire-rated and 100-percent fiber-free for safe installation. They are available with beveled edges, and come in both gray and white. They are also available in a unique sculpted pattern or flat-face finish.

Acoustical Solutions’ PolyPhon acoustical panels are made of 100-percent polyester (rather than Fiberglas), comprising 60-percent PET-recycled fiber and 40-percent PET-virgin fiber. The company says they are 100-percent recyclable, have an NRC of 0.75, and are free of formaldehyde, with no odor or risk of skin irritation. PolyPhon panels are also Class-A fire-rated, dust free, have no binding agents and offer no risk of respiratory problems. PolyPhon panels are also said to have a higher tackability and degree of resiliency than traditional Fiberglas panels; they can be mounted without a fabric covering and painted to match a room’s wall color.

Acoustical Surfaces' newest Acoustic Geometry offering is the Voice Curve, a cylindrical diffusor designed to enhance the sounds of voices, promising better speech recognition and articulation. It features an asymmetric (tapered) vertical profile for diffusing critical voice-articulation frequencies, recycled cotton sound-absorption backfill, and two-point mounting brackets for easy wall and ceiling placement. The Voice Curve diffusor measures 48x9.25x4.5 inches (HxWxD), is available in many fabric choices and includes mounting hardware.






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