Retail Design

Themed Retail is a balance between saturation of exposure to audio and video stimuli in “teen” departments versus the peace and serenity of high-end jewelry/perfume departments. Far too often, the energetic, loud, vibrant, environment in a young teenager/juniors environment is immediately adjacent to the sensual atmosphere found in the perfume/jewelry zones of a store. The… Read more »

Acoustics for Live Theatre

The lights begin to dim, the audience takes their seats, voices lower, and all you can hear is the quiet rustle of theatre programs and an occasional cough as the audience waits in anticipation for the curtain to rise on the latest, long-awaited Broadway play. The excitement builds as the curtain slowly parts, revealing an… Read more »

The Code of Silence

Maxwell Smart’s Cone of Silence was a nice idea. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to use such a device in today’s busy and energetic society? Well, for some types of noise it has been possible for a person to have their own personal Cone of Silence. Active noise control is the solution. This… Read more »

Environmental Acoustics: Is It Noise Or Is It Sound?

How loud is too loud? If you have ever dealt with this question, personally or professionally, you know that the answer is difficult to determine. All kinds of factors, from the time of day to personal sensitivity, influence the subjective cry “Too much noise!” In fact, the term noise is used to indicate any sound… Read more »

I Can Hear a Pin Drop

When an acoustical consultant walks into a room, the first thing they tend to notice is the acoustics. It can’t be helped, it’s second nature in much the same way a decorator would look at the furnishings. Occasionally someone else will make a comment such as, “The acoustics in that room were so good, I… Read more »

TA Principal Wins ICIA Award

We’re proud to announce that Steven J. Thorburn received the ’96-’97 ICIA Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) award at the 10th annual ICIA Achievement Awards Presentation. This year’s ICIA (International Communications Industries Association) awards ceremony was held during the recent InfoComm International trade show in Los Angeles. A note for anyone who attended that… Read more »

Fiberboard Facts

By whatever name you call it: Fiberboard, Beaver board, sound-deadening board, CelotexTM, or HomasoteTM, this material seems to be making a comeback with potential acoustical uses. But before you decide to add it to your next project, you should know that this compressed fiberboard does not add any positive acoustical effects in most constructions. We… Read more »

Growing Trends in Green Insulation

Insulation is all around us. Though we may not pay attention to the different types of insulation, we would certainly notice its absence. The main purpose of this hidden barrier is to secure a building’s interior temperature from the outside extremes, providing a savings in energy bills and a more comfortable atmosphere for those inside…. Read more »

Resilient Channels – How Metal Absorbs Sound Waves

Anyone who’s ever shared a wall with someone else has probably wondered if the walls were intentionally thin, or the neighbors intentionally loud. Often the assumption is that the walls between dwellings simply need to be thicker to muffle sound. The fact is that the design of the wall, not the size, can be a… Read more »

Audio Considerations in Teleconferencing – “Can You Hear Me?”

Teleconferencing, holding meetings by an electronic means, is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The word “teleconferencing” means different things to different people. Teleconferencing can range from a conference call with speaker phones to a system with installed overhead speakers and tabletop microphones, to a full scale audio for video conferencing system… Read more »