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.