It’s easy to underestimate the importance of commercial soundproofing. Function, form and aesthetic might feel more important when designing or remodeling, but commercial sound masking is a key consideration across all industries — including offices, industrial, manufacturing, hospitality, education, healthcare and more.
For many employees and in many industries, privacy and quiet are essential. By providing these elements, commercial soundproofing promotes a positive working environment and can improve productivity. The good news is that you can achieve private, quiet space with office sound masking and commercial soundproofing products.
Soundproofing products may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but taking the time now to examine the quality of your acoustics and mitigate any potential issues will avoid pitfalls and challenges in the future. It’s a sound investment that can enhance a space while enabling productivity.
No matter the industry, there’s a commercial soundproofing solution available. Here are some examples:
Newcomers to commercial soundproofing might only think of “egg crate” foam panels used for sound absorption in recording studios, but the true range of products and solutions is broad and diverse. Here is a sampling of common commercial soundproofing products:
High-noise environments like industrial areas, large offices and high-traffic bars and restaurants require special attention.
Controlling these noisy environments improves on-site employee safety by lowering the likelihood of misinterpreted information (from safety instructions to waitstaff taking orders and noting allergies) and stress-related errors or injury. It also aids in improving productivity. If industrial noise pollution adversely affects the surrounding community, you may face consequences from municipal agencies or even private legal action ultimately resulting in loss of revenue.
Industrial sound absorption, restaurant soundproofing and high-traffic office acoustic management all mitigate these potential pitfalls.
Distribution or diffusion of sound is ideal for all types of commercial businesses. This companion to sound absorption is most effective in spaces where too much absorptive material might deaden sound and work against your efforts to improve room acoustics.
Speakers and presenters should be able to speak normally and be understood, whether amplified or not, from every seat in the house. Controlling reverberation by combining absorption and diffusion can achieve that balance.
Some industry workspaces, particularly hospitals, co-working studios, smaller offices, libraries and study spaces require quiet rooms:
As part of a recent renovation, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) was in need of a technology retrofit. CCC enhanced client confidentiality through the recent integration of a Qt Sound Masking System, installed and calibrated by DGI. The sound masking system comprises three Qt 600 control modules and over 400 sound masking emitters, which allow for precise control over multiple zones on each floor.
Are you ready to engage your audience, improve employee and guest communication, and create a dynamic environment with our state-of-the-art audio visual technology? DGI’s passionate and talented team is ready to work with you.
Our experts can perform a RT60 Sound test to see how your spaces perform* in order to provide a custom recommendation that’s right for your organization’s needs. You’ll get a room acoustics report to determine how to best mitigate your acoustic challenges, and rest easy with sound advice from DGI. Request a quote today.
*Reverberation time is a measure of the time required for the sound to “fade away” in an enclosed area after the source of the sound has stopped. When it comes to accurately measuring reverberation time with a meter, the term T30, T20 or RT60 (an abbreviation for Reverberation Time 60dB) is used. T30/T20/RT60 provides an objective reverberation time measurement.