ABCs of Acoustical Consulting

Acoustical Consulting

Every acoustical consultation is unique, and should be treated as such. Applying a blanket solution on to acoustical problems rarely results in a happy ending. However, the approach should be methodical and systematic, allowing a clear set of principles to guide a cost-effective solution that is likely to yield an acceptable acoustical design. Our team applies heuristics that save our clients time and money, and ultimately lands them with a solution that meets their expectations.

When deciding on a consultant, ensure they are certified with one of the major Acoustical bodies in the US, and that they have experience in at least the areas mentioned below. If you find solution providers focused in Sound Masking, then you’ll receive a Sound Masking answer, even if the problem doesn’t require it. By finding a diverse acoustical solutions provider, you’ll ensure a good chance of finding the most cost-effective solution for your noise issue.

When approaching any new problem, the following areas should be considered:

A – Absorption: This applies to areas with large volumes and parallel, hard surfaces. There are a number of products that can resolve unwanted echo and reverberation, including fiberglass panels and recycled cotton panels, baffles, and clouds. Furthermore, there are numerous perforated products that specialize in low-frequency absorption. Ultimately, absorption is most needed in large spaces such as gyms, auditoriums, and large classrooms. (See our Acoustical Calculator to understand how much absorption your space may need). Absorption requires a soft, plush material to capture the sound waves and turn them into heat.

B – Blocking: Includes soundproofing for transmission from one area to another, including noise passing through floors and walls to adjacent dwellings. To block unwanted sound, it is important to add mass to the barriers, as well as vibrational decouplers for structure-borne noise. We most often use sound-blocking techniques for hotels, multi-family housing, and mixed-use commercial-residential developments.

C – Cover: Also known as sound masking, this solution is ideal for open offices when a uniform background ambient noise allows further focus, privacy, and productivity. It can also be beneficial for doctor’s offices or military applications when privacy is a baseline requirement.

C – Consulting: Our team of experts combines 25 years of soundproofing and acoustical consulting experience to bring a blended knowledge-base. While many consultants focus on expert witness testimony, environmental noise surveys, and long-term studies, we focus our expertise on serving the commercial and residential markets in construction, architecture, and development.

Acoustical Consultants should have the skills, expertise, and equipment to clearly frame the problem and then provide an insightful solution. Our team at Commercial Acoustics is well-versed in each of these areas and is dedicated to providing a cost-effective solution to your concerns.

See our Acoustical Case Studies for recent soundproofing and acoustical projects.


Fernando Eguez

2 thoughts on “ABCs of Acoustical Consulting

  1. Ken Hwan says:

    My uncle is thinking of opening a music cafe with live shows. We can figure out all of the leveling and stage equipment just fine, but building a facility with good acoustics is a little advanced for us. We’ll definitely apply the C for consulting that you mentioned and hire someone to help us have a great sounding venue.

    • Fernando Eguez says:

      Hi Ken, I can’t wait to hear how your uncle’s music cafe goes! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

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