The Invisible Audiovisual System

One issue that we face with our projects is making technology transparent within the space it occupies. For many projects, the end users and owners want to see the audio and/or visual systems they spent their money on. They want to showcase their system and make it a visible focal point of the facility. But… Read more »

Sound Masking

Whether you call it white noise, pink noise or NC systems, sound masking is probably the only time that an acoustical consultant will admit that some noise is good.  The shift to open plan offices and demountable partitions from the traditional “private” office with gypsum board construction has created the need to raise the background… Read more »

Tech Notes: Ceiling Mounted Microphones – A Solution or a Problem?

With hopes of eliminating tabletop or podium microphones, End Users, Designers and Architects frequently ask, “What about sticking them on the ceiling?”  Usually, what seems like an easy solution is not the best solution. Ceiling mounted microphones are not recommended for the following reasons: First, loudspeakers are typically mounted in the ceiling.  This places ceiling… Read more »

Acoustics and ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has stirred up much controversy over the past year. This article will provide some practical guidelines for the public accommodations portion of these requirements. The new ADA hearing assistance requirements are not really new for Californians since the 1988 UBC, with the California Title 24 Amendment, has required hearing… Read more »