Guest Column: The Acoustics Solution
SoundSense, with more than 30 years of experience as a full service acoustical consulting and engineering company, offers a complete line of acoustic products, experienced installation crews and construction consulting.
SoundSense has made many breakthroughs, as evidenced by the multitude of patents awarded in both acoustic products and installation methods to facilitate the creation of the ideal acoustic environment, or the “Paradise Effect.”
The following patented products and innovative installation methodologies were showcased at this year’s CEA Line Shows:
NoiseOut2FR, the only true class, A fire-rated loaded vinyl that also has an STC of 30, was used to create a seal between the temporary partitions and the ceiling. This product has a higher transmission loss in the lower frequencies than a standard one pound loaded vinyl. Additionally, its fire rating is ideal in commercial and other applications where a class A barrier is mandated.
The patented dB Focus Tube was then used to test the acoustic separation installation. The dB Focus Tube methodology (patent pending), is a system to effectively and efficiently optimize the efficacy of the installation.
Lumitex, from the SoundSense Paradise Nanocloth Line, was used to acoustically correct the room. Lumitex, a proprietary product of SoundSense, is a new generation of microfiber cloth that is lightweight and soft, yet incredibly strong. The microfilament structure provides optimal sound absorption for a range of frequencies while providing translucent properties for LED lighting designers. The fabric with a small airspace is equal to one-to-two inches of a 6 pcf fiberboard.
Paradise Tuning Tubes were additionally placed in the audio room that housed dBox at the CEA Line Shows, to acoustically balance and enhance the acoustic wave interaction within the room. These unique and innovative tubes also received a patent in 2011.
SoundSense’s hands-on approach led to the realization that easily locating acoustic leakage points in wall, floor and/or ceiling partitions in order to optimize the acoustic performance of these partitions was of vital importance. The standard ASTM FSTC and FIIC did not provide this information.
From this need, SoundSense developed the first mechanism that would focus sound energy into potential weak links in partitions, such as air gaps typically located around penetrations or at partition intersections. SoundSense’s field testing proved that the mechanism can be utilized by a trained acoustic engineer or certified installer to locate even the smallest of leakage points in a partition which, when sealed, could increase the FSTC performance of the partition by typically 10 points, but by as much as 15 to 20 points.
Additionally, when an engineer is trying to determine the main paths of flanking, this tube proves to be an ideal mechanism for facilitating this problem-solving method. The installer can use the focus tube to confirm the optimum efficacy of the acoustic treatment of PVC piping or duct work acoustic wraps. The dB Focus Tube is a small mechanism that can easily be transported to and from a jobsite.
Due to the success of the dB Focus Tube as used by its engineers and certified installers, SoundSense expanded its offices into New York City, as well as into Los Angeles and Orange County. A call for applications for installers to be certified in other major cities will begin later in 2012.
The dB Focus Tube allows our engineers to move quickly—and to collect the data efficiently—to help direct installers and pinpoint problem areas, saving time and energy, thus permitting more time to thoroughly inspect jobs and ensure the highest quality of work for our clientele. From home theater installations to conference rooms to multifamilies, the dB Focus Tube has allowed an unsurpassed specification of the required and accomplished acoustic separation.
Also new to the market through SoundSense are the following products: