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Rehearsal Room Acoustics

Rehearsal room acoustics often require close attention and specific acoustical characteristics. As a veteran choral musician, I have performed in a variety of venues, from a dedicated performing arts center to a gymnatorium, from a standard classroom...

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Sound masking systems in open offices

Successful Office Sound Masking Systems

Successful office sound masking systems help ensure sensitive communications are not overheard. Plus, they reduce the noise distractions and interruptions that impact productivity. Along with sound absorption and attenuation, architects use sound masking...

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Hearing Clearly: The Acoustics of Glass

As glass has become more sophisticated, its popularity as a building material has grown. Curtain walls, demountable glass partitions, and skylights all offer ways to capitalize on natural light, views, and transparency. But glass has a few inherent acoustical...

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The EPA ONAC Bill

For the second time in as many years, a bill [S. 3385] has been introduced in the Senate to reestablish an Office of Noise Abatement and Control (ONAC) in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The bill is sponsored by Sen. Schumer, a Democrat from...

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Acoustical Trivia

Need something to wow that special someone at a holiday party, or the in-laws at your family gathering? Check out these interesting facts about our favorite subject: sound!   Properties of Sound Have you heard that you can figure out how far...

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Case Study: Major Changes Without a Major Overhaul

As facilities age, their sound reinforcement and AV systems age with them. Routine maintenance and proper care can go a long way toward extending the life of a system.  However, once a system is no longer reliable, replacement is necessary and inevitable. ...

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Fitness Center Acoustics

Fitness center acoustics and noise issues have been the subject of numerous AVANT ACOUSTICS projects over the years. The hard surfaces and loud activity make the perfect storm of noise. As a result, people within the fitness center often cannot communicate...

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Operable Partition Acoustical Considerations

Addressing operable partition acoustical considerations helps ensure the success of a flexible space. With facility needs evolving, the demand for easily reconfigurable spaces continues to increase. Operable partitions allow the temporary subdivision...

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Top 10 Ways to Ensure Good Acoustics Before Breaking Ground!

10. Isolate any equipment that moves. No one likes to feel the floor moving under their feet whether it is caused by an earthquake or because that pump next door just kicked on. [caption id="attachment_2324" align="alignright" width="300"] Equipment...

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Noise Control in Sensitive Areas

Noise control in sensitive areas must be considered when designing a space requiring privacy and security.  Hospitals and clinics, government buildings, and even private offices all deserve this consideration. This article discusses noise control techniques...

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