Sound Absorption – Guide to reducing the echo and reverberation within a room. Creating an acoustically pleasant environment to work, rest and play.
Our sound absorption guide will help you understand how to improve your room’s sound quality. We have probably all been in a busy bar or restaurant or a large hall and noticed the noise levels are such that holding a conversation is difficult. The best method of solving the problem of unwanted or excessive noise is by using sound absorption panels. Throughout this guide, we will show you what sound absorption panels are, how they work and what best suits your requirements.
Most hard surfaces bounce sound waves causing echo and reverberated sound. Common areas like large halls, restaurants, open-plan offices and conference rooms can be subject to noise problems making them an unpleasant environment due to the poor sound quality.
Sound will bounce off hard, smooth surfaces and create unwanted echo and reverb. Unchecked sound waves will continue to bounce from one surface to another until all the energy dissipates naturally. The effect is the space is acoustically uncomfortable, which means the sound quality is low, and it might be difficult to hear clearly.
Sound absorbing products reduce noise levels inside rooms that suffer echo and reverberation. Sound absorbing panels applied to walls and ceilings will bring the unwanted noise down to a satisfactory level.
What are sound absorption panels?
Sound-absorbing panels combine absorbent materials with acoustic fabrics to reduce sound waves bouncing around a room. The most common materials inside sound panels are acoustic melamine foam or acoustic insulation. The acoustic panel is framed and wrapped in acoustic fabric, allowing the sound to be absorbed by the foam or insulation.
Sound-reducing panels are given different ratings depending on the sound absorption qualities. The highest classification is A-rated. All the acoustic wall and ceiling panels within our range are A-rated.
Sound absorption panels are manufactured in a variety of colours and sizes. You can view the available colour swatch for sound absorption panels here.
Acoustic absorption can be used in a variety of spaces and areas
Any room can require sound absorption; the most common types of areas that need this type of acoustic treatment are school halls, meeting rooms, restaurants, offices, bars and cafes, studios and home cinemas.
Sound absorbing panels for walls and ceilings
Improve the quality of sound in your room by installing sound absorbing panels onto walls or ceilings. Noisestop Systems provide a range of wall-mounted absorption panels, hanging ceiling baffles and hanging ceiling rafts.
Choosing the best solution will depend on the room type, size, and what it is used for. If you are sound deadening a room with standard height ceilings, you would use the wall-mounted sound panels. If your room has high ceilings, then ceiling baffles or ceiling rafts would be a good solution.
Applying acoustic panels to walls and ceilings can be a very effective method of acoustically treating a room as it reduces more reflective areas.
Sound absorption wall panels
DB Absorber Rapids and Softsound Wall Panels
Our wall sound absorption range includes the DB Absorber Rapids and the SoftSound Panels. Both panels have a sound absorption Class A rating, meaning they have the highest quality acoustic rating. The panels have the highest acoustic rating and are also a great decorative addition. Available in a wide range of sizes and colours to suit your requirements, take a look at the available colours. Quick and simple to install, each panel is supplied with all the relevant fixings.
DB Absorber Ceiling Baffles
DB Absorber Ceiling Rafts
Using ceiling baffles or ceiling rafts to improve the quality of sound in a room
The ideal solution for improving your room’s acoustics without losing wall space. The DB Absorber range of baffles and raft panels reduce echo and reverberation within the room by absorbing sound as it bounces from hard reflective surfaces.
Ceiling baffles and raft absorption panels are popular solutions, especially for larger rooms, schools, theatres, sports halls and hotels. Any building with large open plan rooms will benefit from the extra absorption ceiling baffles, and rafts offer. Sound is absorbed on both sides of the panel, which means more sound is absorbed, quickly reducing the effect of the sound bouncing around the room.
Sound absorption is different to soundproofing
Sound absorption is essentially reducing the overall noise level within a space. You use sound absorption to improve sound quality within a room. Reducing unwanted echo and reverb in a room such as a music studio or cinema room will increase the sound quality and clarity and make for a far more enjoyable experience.
Soundproofing a room differs from sound absorption in a room because when you soundproof a room, you are trying to stop the sound from entering or leaving the room. In certain rooms, soundproofing and sound absorption are combined. An example would be a music studio might want to stop the sound of the band disturbing other areas so they would soundproof the room. As well as the soundproofing the room, the studio would have to consider sound absorption to ensure the quality and clarity of the sound is at its best. A recording studio would certainly want to avoid echo and reverb in the room.
In summary, sound absorption improves sound quality, and soundproofing reduces sound escaping from a room.