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Our Story At Overtone Acoustics

Today’s post is going to be a fun one! We are excited to take the opportunity to tell our readers and prospective customers a little bit more about our background here at Overtone Acoustics. In posts of the past, we’ve touched on what we offer along with what customers can expect from us in terms of quality products and committed service, but we’ve yet to highlight the details of our beginnings.

So allow us to do exactly that, after which we will briefly touch on what our customers stand to gain from choosing us to be their providers of all things related to acoustic treatment services!

Background

Overtone Acoustics was created for the purposes of blending two worlds into one — sound and design. Our passion for both has guided us through many twists and turns throughout our near decade of existence, and we are thrilled to have arrived at where we are today. However, it’s important to remember every step of the journey to fully appreciate the breadth of what we presently offer.

2011 - Brad Turpin’s Dream

Founded by Brad Turpin in 2011, Overtone Acoustics began as the dream of an individual who was concurrently pursuing a career in the music industry. Naturally, this meant Brad spent a good deal of time in professional recording studios, which afforded him the opportunity to pay specific attention to the subtle differences in sound quality from room to room. Being active in the music industry made him realize a huge area of opportunity in the market — there needed to ba way to offer professional acoustic treatments at an affordable price. So Brad, with the help of a few of his friends, decided to totally revamp a spare bedroom into a professional-grade recording studio. The result — Overtone Acoustics was born.

2013 - A Boom In Website Sales

After more than a year of laying the groundwork for a successful business, we started to see a significant growth in sales. This boom led to key opportunities with big-name brands, including Disney, which begat additional opportunities working studio designers and others. It was in 2013 when we received a feature in Mix Magazine’s Coolest New Studios feature!

2015 - Artistic Art Panels

We wanted to carve out a niche for ourselves that simply went beyond offering high-quality sound absorption panels for a reasonable price. Although there was significant value in that, we realized there was a unique opportunity to do something completely innovative. As artists ourselves, it dawned on us that other artists would want their recording space to reflect their tastes. Hence, we developed Acoustic Art Panels to give our clients the ability to personalize their studio while still getting professional acoustic treatment. It was this time when we continued to grow and expand into new markets that we were able to start offering worldwide shipping alongside commercial installation services!

2017 - We Receive Funding Via Marcus Lemonis

You may have first heard about us due to our appearance on CNBC’s The Profit. Through that experience, we were fortunate enough to receive funding from Marcus Lemonis, which led to moving our production to a 75,000-square-foot facility. This is where we remain, as we continue to combine state-of-the-art technology with visual appeal. Our high-quality, handmade acoustic reflectors, diffusers, and absorbers are available for an affordable price for both commercial and private use!

Create Your Own Acoustic Art!

Overtone Acoustics lets you be the artist, turning any image into functional artwork in no time at all. Simply upload your image, customize your options, complete your order, and love it — or your money back! We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning more about our story in today’s post, but not as much as we hope you’ll soon experience the amazing blend of style and function with our custom acoustic treatments. Shop custom today!

Understanding The Difference Between Soundproofing And Sound Absorption

Overtone Acoustics is your source for high-quality sound absorption panels that blend function with personalized style. No matter the indoor setting in which they are applied, our custom acoustic solutions provides unrivaled clarity while still maintaining an organic, “live” ambiance. We offer bass traps, diffusers, acoustic wall panels, and full-on room kits that come ready to hang and are made with high-grade materials. Simply put, once your room gets Overtone’s acoustic treatment, you’ll hear sounds the way they were meant to be heard — with clarity that’s unmatched in the industry.

Sound Absorption And Soundproofing

As much as we enjoy describing the merits of our acoustic treatment services and products, we have a promised blog topic to get to! Today’s post, as the title no doubt gave away, concerns the difference between soundproofing and sound absorption. Sometimes, these terms are wrongly used interchangeably — even by folks in the industry.

That’s why we feel compelled to explain the key differences between the concepts before we explain how we fit into the picture here at Overtone Acoustics. Let’s get going!

What Is Soundproofing?

There are many kinds of acoustical problems, just like there are many ways of solving various acoustical problems. Soundproofing a room refers to keeping sound from traveling between walls. Now, soundproofing a room might involve keeping noise confined to a certain room or it might be intended to keep sound out. Either way, soundproofing must be done during the construction of a building or room because most soundproofing materials are found inside a partition, such as a ceiling or wall.

STC Ratings

To make sure that a room or building is sufficiently resistant to the passage of sound, industry professionals use Sound Transmission Class, or STC, to ensure the effectiveness of soundproofing efforts. STC ratings measure the degree to which a wall will block noise from getting to the next room, and the higher the rating, the better that material is at reducing the sound transmission of the most common frequencies.

What Is Sound Absorption?

Our sound absorption company is unsurprisingly rooted acoustic wall panels which absorb reverberations and flutter echoes. Sound absorption concerns reducing superfluous noise within a given setting. When a room is described as being overly “live,” it refers to an excess of reverb in that room due to a surplus of hard, reflective surfaces. While soundproofing efforts must be undertaken during the construction of a building/room, administering sound absorption can happen in rooms that have already been built. Overtone Acoustics provides sound absorption panels, such as acoustic wall panels and bass traps, that absorb extra sound to provide clarity and balance to a given room.

Live Vs. Dead Rooms

When you are acoustically treating a room, It’s imperative to strike a balance between an overly “dead” and “live” room. The former refers to rooms that have too many reflective surfaces (such as concrete, hardwood flooring, or glass windows) and the sonics of the room can best be described as “muddy.” An overly dead room, in contrast, refers to rooms in which the opposite extreme has taken effect. There are too many sound absorbing surfaces (thick carpeting, drapes, and other upholstery) which creates a flat sonic experience for the listener. When performing acoustic treatment services, the trick is to find the right balance of sound absorption to allow for natural ambiance while still making sure that clarity is achieved.

Find A Balance

Different rooms have different functions, so there’s no exact rule that can be used for each project, but general principles can be followed nevertheless. Typically, you’ll want to treat around 20-30% of a room’s total surface area. In our experience at Overtone Acoustics, we deal with overly live rooms. We offer acoustic solutions for rooms of all sizes and functions, for both private and commercial purposes. No matter what your room requires, the key is to find a rich balance of sound across the spectrum of frequencies. For more information about soundproofing vs. sound absorption, check out our dedicated resource.

Overtone Acoustics - Where Style Meets Function

We conform our high-quality, hand-made acoustic wall panels with whatever stylistic vision you have in mind. Nowhere else will you find the perfect solution for spot treating your space with the level of high-resolution images that are clearly viewable at any distance. Custom-design your own acoustic panels today!

Decorative Acoustic Panel & Soundproofing FAQ

In our two previous posts, we’ve touched on what Overtone Acoustics has to offer folks looking for acoustic treatment services and a soundproofing company like ours. We’ve also addressed the rationale behind acoustic treatment installation in the first place, highlighting that a wide range of room types can stand to benefit from the sound absorbing artwork (acoustic wall panels, bass traps, and diffusers) that we offer. Whether we are discussing a conference room, home theater, or a recording studio, treating a room with acoustic wall panels and such will lead to less reverberation and ultimately a clearer, truer sonic experience for the listener.

That’s the high-level review of where we’ve been the past few posts. In today’s post, we’d like to shift gears yet again, in favor of answering a few of the most common questions we receive from customers and interested parties. We’ll offer up some practical answers that range in topic from the difference between soundproofing and sound absorption to the ideal placement of decorative acoustic panels.

Acoustic Treatment FAQ

What’s the difference between sound absorption and soundproofing?

Excellent question! Soundproofing refers to keeping sound from traveling — it involves keeping sound from entering a room or escaping. This is accomplished with materials that are dense, and usually such materials are found inside walls. This makes soundproofing a room a difficult proposition unless you are constructing the room from the ground up. Sound absorption, on the other hand, can be accomplished in rooms that are already constructed, which is a big plus! Sound absorption, as the name would suggest, involves absorbing superfluous echo and reverberation using acoustic wall panels, bass traps, and other material that has soft surfaces which naturally soak up sound waves.

How do I know how many acoustic panels I’ll need?

As is the case with most honest answers, the correct reply is “it depends.” It depends on the kind of room you are optimizing. It depends on the nature of the room as well. For instance, a room with mostly hard surfaces (like cement, hardwood floor, and/or many glass windows) is going to require more acoustic treatment than a room that is carpeted and full of drapes and soft-fabric furniture. Usually, you’re going to want to cover roughly 30 percent of all surface area in acoustic wall panels. Determine your first reflection point, address those first, and then adjust as needed.

Do you offer custom-sized acoustic panels?

We are able to handcraft (right here in the U.S.A) any sized panels up to 48” x 96”, assuming that the shapes are trapezoids, rectangles, and/or parallelograms with angles of 90 and 45 degrees. Our standard decorative acoustic panels, however, come in 18 x 18, 18 x 24, 24, x 24, 24 x 36, 34 x 34, and 34 x 44 size options. Keep in mind you can create your own acoustic art panels and still get the same high-quality professional sound we are known for!

What should I expect to hear after acoustic treatment is installed?

Whether you are acoustically treating a classroom, conference room, recording studio, home theater, or another listening environment, you can expect a more accurate sound. You can get a more consistent low-end response and less echo/reverberation. Acoustic panels help you find a balance between an overly live and dead room — bringing about an organic sonic experience.

What’s the difference between a bass trap and a sound absorbing panel?

In essence, bass traps are simply thicker and denser versions of our acoustic panels. In function, however, they are intended to absorb bass frequencies rather than the mid to high-frequencies (human voices, for example) that our acoustic wall panels help absorb and articulate. It’s best practice to place bass traps in the corners of rooms because low frequencies tend to collect there, especially in smaller rooms. Overtone Acoustics’ bass traps help you calibrate the room lows to give you a tighter, punchier bass that doesn’t pollute the rest of the frequencies. No matter where you sit in the room, you should hear a full-bodied, crisp sound.

Is there anywhere I can find that perfectly blends style and function?

Okay, perhaps we didn’t get asked this exact question. But we’ll answer it anyway, for good measure. The answer, as you no doubt can surmise, is that Overtone Acoustics is where you can find custom acoustic solutions where style meets function. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — we are audiophiles and artists at heart and we have modeled Overtone Acoustics to be able to blend the best of both worlds! Get audio clarity and personalized acoustic art at an affordable price. Shop custom!

We hope you’ve found today’s post informative and helpful. Keep in mind that you should feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about decorative acoustic panels that aren’t answered by today’s post or our dedicated FAQ resource.

Why You Should Consider Acoustic Treatment

In our previous post, which happened to also be our inaugural blog post, we took the opportunity to introduce ourselves as a provider of acoustic treatment services in addition to explaining what sets us apart from other such providers in our industry. The long and the short of it is that we are both audiophiles and artists at heart; our mission is to help the world hear sound in its purest form while sacrificing nothing in terms of style. We blend top-line quality with stunning visual appeal in the form of acoustic art panels.

Our goal is to give our customers control in a variety of ways, providing custom acoustic treatments while letting you create your own acoustic art to help your particular vision come to life!

Why Acoustic Treatment In The First Place?

Today’s post will be more big-picture than our previous in that we want to discuss the rationale behind acoustically treating a room in the first place. For our readers who are new to this world and are still figuring out the difference between bass traps and acoustic panels, this post should point you in the right direction. Let’s get going!

A Hypothetical:

Let’s start with why you should care in the first place. Let’s say you are a musician with all the talent in the world, and you just so happen to have access to the best instruments and recording equipment that money can buy. For the sake of argument, let’s say you are also on the verge of recording and then releasing an album that will set the musical world on alight. You’re going to be famous, and it’s going to be amazing.

There’s just one little problem; you’re cash poor and you have no setting in which you can effectively record the aforementioned stunning album. You are left with using your friend’s study because it is at least superior to your basement. The outcome? The long story short is that you can say goodbye to your Grammy.

The setting in which you create sound has a massive effect on the overall quality.

All the talent and the highest quality of instruments in the world don’t mean much if the room in which you record is left acoustically untreated. We’d go so far as to say that acoustically treating a room can make or break the end-product.

Beyond The Studio

Let’s be clear here: acoustic wall panels, bass traps, and diffusers aren’t only for recording studios. We have customers looking to acoustically treat their home theaters for a sharper, truer sound. Others are looking to cut down on the reverb and echo in their conference rooms at the workplace. Others still want to completely revamp the sound quality at their live-music venue.

Live Rooms Vs. Dead Rooms

Whatever the listening environment you have in mind, the point is that acoustically treating a room at the first reflection points will provide you with a dramatically improved overall sound. And while each room is different from the next, the key is to strike an appropriate balance between an overly “live” room and a dead room. The former is what folks in the industry call a room that has too much echo and reverb occurring (due to a surplus of hard, reflective surfaces), whereas the latter is the opposite issue. Hence, covering the entire surface area of a room in acoustic wall panels isn’t always a good idea. The point is to make sure you retain the organic vibrancy of a room while not letting the echoes “muddy’ the listening experience.

Overtone Acoustics has everything you need to find such a balance. What’s more, we afford you the ability to personalize your room with acoustic art panels, as we mentioned above. Keep in mind, however, that if you don’t have a custom image in mind, you can choose from our collection of acoustic art at your convenience.

Shop Overtone

Now that you understand the fundamentals of acoustic treatment and why it’s more than worthy of your consideration, feel free to browse our collection of room kits, bass traps, and sound absorbing panels. But clearly, there is much more to soundproofing and sound absorption than what we’ve had time to address in today’s post. Be sure to check out our FAQ resource to help answer any lingering questions you might have. Shop Overtone today!

Welcome To Overtone Acoustics - Custom Acoustic Treatments

Welcome to Overtone Acoustics, your provider of custom acoustic solutions for virtually any listening setting. In today’s inaugural blog post, we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight what we offer in addition to explaining what sets us apart as a provider of acoustic wall panels and beyond.

The long and the short of it, however, is that Overtone Acoustics is where style meets function. Keep reading to find out how and why!

Unrivaled Clarity

Our specialty acoustic treatments and sound absorbing wall panels afford you the ability to have studio-quality sound to any setting — be it commercial or private in nature. We offer acoustic wall panels, bass traps, sound diffusers, along with entire room kits to make sure our customers have the highest quality of acoustic treatment available.

Acoustic Art Panels

Above is the “clarity” piece. Now let’s talk about style. While we sacrifice nothing in terms of quality, perhaps what sets us apart from anyone else in our industry is the fact that we let you transform your acoustic panels into custom pieces of art by uploading your own image, logo, design, or personal artwork.

Create Your Own

When we say we let you be the artist, we mean it. You can turn any functional artwork in four simple steps! First, upload your high-resolution image, customize your piece by choosing your options and previewing your print, order and receive it within 11-15 business days, and then (here’s the most important step) love it — or your money back! It’s the perfect way to spot treat your space with high-quality sound absorbing wall panels while personalizing it just the way you like it!

Keep in mind that if you can always browse and choose from our in-house art panel collections rather than creating your own. It’s in your hands.

In this way, you can see how the two worlds of style and function intersect. We are both artists and audiophiles at heart; our mission is to blend stunning visual style with sonic perfection. And in a future post, we’ll share more of our story and beginnings. But for the purposes of this post, we’d like to continue to offer a high-level description of what you can practically gain from choosing Overtone Acoustics as your provider of all things related to acoustic treatment. Below you’ll find more detailed descriptions of our acoustic panels and bass traps.

Acoustic Panels

We offer decorative acoustic panels that bring a clarity and focus to environments that range from recording studios and home theaters to conference rooms and live-music venues. Whatever setting you have in mind, you can shop with confidence when choosing Overtone Acoustics. They are top-quality mid to high-range frequency absorbers and are ideal for reducing reverberation and echo with any space. Choose from our Diamond Knit or Microsuede style while selecting one of many color options (if you want to keep it simple rather than going the route of the acoustic art panel, that is) to match your sound absorbing panels with the rest of the room you have in mind.

Our ready-to-hang panels feature:

  • High Quality - We offer durable construction, dimensional stability, and better absorption than commonly-used foam panels.
  • Pro Performance - Overtone’s high-density fiber core affords complete control with regards to primary reflections and flutter echo.
  • Modern Profile - Get a sleek, stylish sound absorbing panel while you sacrifice nothing in terms of quality.

Bass Traps For Dampening Frequencies

Acoustic wall panels are best used for controlling the echo and reverb of mid to high frequencies, whereas our bass traps provide low-end control. The low-frequency attenuation helps you experience more accurate bass tone reproduction. Simply put, you’ll feel the bass hit without it sound muddy or warbled.

Our bass traps feature:

  • High-Density Sound Absorption - Three inches of highly-absorbent cotton denim
  • Three-Inch Profile - Offers extra low-end attenuation, which brings you a truer, clearer sound
  • Handcrafted & Gallery-Wrapped - Handcrafted in the U.S. and wrapped in your choice of fabric

Shop Today

No matter your acoustic treatment selection, know that Overtone Acoustics products will bring you a more accurate sound — one with a more consistent low-frequency response and less reflected energy. Whether you are looking for that professional studio sound, perfect home-theater sonic experience or want clarity in the workplace, Overtone Acoustics and our solutions go beyond mere sound absorption and soundproofing. Shop custom today.

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