Acoustics First @ The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

When Acoustics First® was approached with the ideas for the Main Hall of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH), they needed acoustic materials that would not only work to acoustically tame the large space, but to have some be the focal point for attention – while others needed to blend in.

The Brown Forman Great Hall at KCAAH, showing the Silent Pictures®/Sonora® baffle portraits and quotes on the left, and the gray Cloudscape® baffles above.

Aukram Burton of KCAAH wanted to have large portraits of civil rights icons, not only nationally, but paying particular attention to leaders with a connection to Kentucky.  He also wanted to have large panels with quotes from these figures.  These would be a custom printed Silent Pictures®/Sonora® Baffle Hybrid – with a 1″ Custom printed Silent Pictures® panel on one side, and a grey fabric wrapped Sonora® Baffle on the back.  These would maximize sound absorption due to all of the surfaces being exposed to sound – while being aesthetically significant to the space.  Their sheer size presented some technical challenges – with the portraits being 4′ x 8′ and the quotes being 4′ x 10′ – creating custom artwork on this scale required many technical consultations, as many photographs were not easily scaled to this size.

The impact of the portraits in the hall can only be described as ‘impressive.’

They did not want the other treatments to distract from the portraits, so they chose to install large Cloudscape® Baffles in a gray material that closely matched the gray color scheme of the support beams, trusses, and HVAC elements that are exposed and prevalent in the hall.  This allowed the large 4′ x 8′ baffles to blend into the background, while still taming the acoustics of the large hall.  The acoustics make the hall feel like a much more intimate venue than its imposing size suggests.

Randy Lambert, Designer (Left), Jim DeGrandis (Center), and Aukram Burton of KCAAH (Right)

 

To get the full effect of the visual impact of the space, Aukram sent over a video tour of the facility.

 

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Case Study: Hidden Creek HOA Clubhouse

Hidden Creek - Pre Treatment

Hidden Creek – Before

Hidden Creek Home Owners Association contacted Acoustics First® to remediate the poor acoustics of their clubhouse meeting hall. Hard surfaces and tall ceilings contributed to excessive reverberation and poor speech intelligibility. The HOA board wanted to address the acoustics of the meeting hall during an upcoming renovation of the space.

Hidden Creek – Treatment Rendering: Ceiling

Hidden Creek HOA submitted pictures and plans of the clubhouse to design consultant Cameron Girard. After calculating the amount of absorptive treatment needed to obtain an ideal reverb time, he submitted a treatment proposal with Sonora® panels that would ensure a significant acoustic improvement. Cameron provided detailed renderings to the board, allowing them to better visualize the layout of the panels as they reached a final decision on treatment.

Hidden Creek – Post Treatment

A single skilled contractor installed the panels in a few days, leaving Hidden Creek residents with a much more suitable acoustic environment for meetings and small group gatherings.

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University of Miami – Frost School of Music

Students at the Frost School of Music had an “ear-opening” experience when their Computational Psycho-acoustics class was lectured by Jim DeGrandis of Acoustics First last month.  The topics ranged from engineering to human perception of ultrasonic frequencies. The students were exposed to concepts and demonstrations of ultrasonic frequencies which have been modified in ways to make them audible, and ultrasonic anomalies affecting the audible range in ways that are very blatant and obvious.

One of the most stark examples of “audible ultrasound” being the demonstration of a Parametric Speaker, which modulates the ultrasonic carrier to produce very directional audible frequencies.

Computational Psycho-Acoustics at Frost School of Music – University of Miami. Dr. Chris Bennett (far left) and Jim DeGrandis (in signature cap – center) [photo credit: Gonzalo Mejia]

Jim also spoke at the student forum about misconceptions of what it really means to be “in the industry” …and did an encore demo of the Parametric Speaker – which had apparently been such a novel experience for the Psycho-Acoustics class that they ‘demanded’ it be experienced again by a wider audience. (and it was just plain fun!)

 

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The Legato®! Super-Customizable Sound Diffuser

Acoustics First® is pleased to announce the super-customizable Legato® sound diffuser!

Legato® Diffuser

The Super-Customizable Legato® Sound Diffuser.

Configuring the Legato® Sound Diffuser for your specific listening environment is so easy… anyone can become a “Legato® Master!” With over 41 different acoustic configurations for the Legato®, you can block out the frequencies you need, within seconds!

Legato®

Legato® in a Binary Array Configuration!

Create countless different sound diffusers and devices from one modular kit – quadratic, binary array, phase graters, Helmholtz resonators and MORE!

Ages 4-99. Only in Yellow. Not Fire Rated. Ideas included.

Buy your Legato® Sound Diffuser Kit today – and become the “Legato® Master” of your sound!

Only available on April Fool’s Day for those with a sense of humor. Not affiliated or endorsed by Lego®.

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The QuadraPyramid™ – A Multi-Faceted Gem

With all the Diffusers on offer from Acoustics First® these days, this gem is sometimes overlooked: the QuadraPyramid™. Here’s an install pic of a few in the ceiling of a control room at the University of the Pacific!

University of the Pacific

There’s a reason why various pyramidal diffusers have been used for decades. They work, and they work well! The QuadraPyramid™ is our own take on this classic design, using four offset pyramids to create 16 angles of reflection on a single unit. Also, when mounted directly to a wall, these diffusers can double as a ‘mid-bass’ absorber, like in the project studio below.

Spence Burton’s Project Studio

 

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