Acoustic Sound-proofing

E-mail: pod@space-pod.net

Tel: 01628 535 790

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acoustic floors, doors & ceiling panels

Acoustic floors and ceilings are constructed using standard stud/ track or wood with resilient crossbars and acoustic plasterboard panels.

The important bit is that we also ensure that metal on metal is separated using rubber gaskets/strips. It is also constructed to make a ‘box’ within a ‘box.

The doors are usually 50mm solid 1-hour fire doors with a double glazed vision panel (6mm toughened glass with a 10mm air gap).

On larger windows we also angle the glass against each other to ensure that the noise waves are re-directed.

In addition, all our acoustic doors have acoustic seals fitted to all edges including the base. Door frames are split vertically and joined with acoustic foam.

acoustic wall panels & diffusers

After we have built a specialist acoustic environment, space-pod can fine tune the space utilising acoustic absorption or diffusion panels and bass traps to ensure the room performs correctly.

So how do we do it?
Sound within a room is a combination of direct sound emitted from the source and indirect sound reflecting off hard surfaces within the room. Sound waves travel through the air until they reach a surface or obstacle which, when it hits the surface, will be partly reflected off the wall and back into the room and partly absorbed by the surface.

Some reflected sounds are desirable in an acoustic environment, however too much reflected sound can cause echo and reverberation. The reverberation time in a room is the time it takes for the sound to decay by 60dB. If the reverberation time is too long it makes speech very difficult to understand and more difficult to communicate or record effectively. If the reverberation time is too short then the room can sound lifeless.

Most reverberation problems occur in rooms constructed with acoustically hard parallel surfaces where flutter echo can occur, significantly increasing reverberation time. The most common method of dealing with echo and reverberation problems is to absorb them by applying porous materials to the internal surfaces.

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image of foam wall sound dampening panels

Space-pod use acoustic wall panels and diffusers to provide the correct acoustic climate in a room

The choice of surface is dependent on its acoustic efficiency, appearance and durability. By converting sound energy into heat, these surfaces can also help sound insulation as less noise will be transferred to other rooms.

Wall diffusers are used to disperse incoming sound waves and are usually constructed with a complex surface to allow the incoming sound wave to be scattered away in many different directions (diffusion) resulting in standing wave and flutter echo reduction. By utilising both absorbent panels and diffusers, an optimal acoustic performance is achieved; speech intelligibility is improved and an overall ambient sound is still present.

Bass traps are acoustic energy absorbers used to dampen low frequency sound energy in order to produce a flatter low frequency room response. There are generally two types of bass traps: resonating absorbers and porous absorbers and they are usually installed in the corners of rooms. Space-pod utilise both types of bass trap depending on the application required for the project.

So there we go, all pretty straightforward and anyone can build a studio or practice room to achieve this, after all it isn’t rocket science. But here’s the rub, the only way you’re going to know if you’ve got it right is when you use it for the first time……no pressure. Alternatively, you can make sure that it is done right by contacting Space-pod.

Mezzanine Floors

Having purchased or leased your premises, why not maximise your internal volume by installing a mezzanine floor?

adding space with mezzanine floors

CHURN Refurbishment

‘Out of hours office churn’ means moving, re-fitting or relocating occupied offices at a time when they’re not being used.

we can restructure your office over a weekend

Collaborative Workspaces

Collaborative working can speed up productivity and the generation of new ideas.

reconnect the disconnected workplace

Space Planning

The right use of space can make as much impact on your business as the right choice of people.

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Accreditations

Space-pod accepts our responsibility to work safely, cleanly and in a way which is caring to our staff, our customers, our community and the environment.

We have introduced a number of initiatives designed to continuously improve our quality, health & safety and environmental performance, to ensure that our staff are safe and give our customers confidence and peace-of-mind that we will act responsibly at all times. READ MORE >