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Sonora® Wall Panels on the Ceiling?

Sometimes you just don’t have the wall space for acoustic treatment. When this is the case, you will often see treatments move to the ceiling… but what do you do if you have lower ceilings, or many ceiling fans and fixtures?

This narrow eating space had tons of windows, low ceilings, and many fixtures. This made hanging baffles or banners impractical.

This ceiling was sloped toward the massive windows on the outside wall, and it had lights and fans running right up the center. Complicating things further, the opposite wall had sconce lighting, doorways, HVAC, and even more windows. Finally, the floor was not carpeted to facilitate cleaning – as is the norm in many dining spaces.

With no good wall space to mount panels and no height for “hanging” ceiling treatments – direct mount Sonora® panels were the ideal solution.

Direct-mount acoustic panels are a great solution in these scenarios. Here we see an array of 4’x4’x2″ Sonora® panels attached to the ceiling in rows running down the length of the space. While our Tone Tiles® are often selected for their ability to blend in aesthetically, this particular installation proves that Sonora® panels wrapped in fabric are also a solid choice.

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Sonora® Install – Restaurant Ceiling

Sonora® Acoustical Panels help to tame a loud dining space

Have you ever found yourself enjoying delicious cuisine at a nice restaurant only to become frustrated and distracted by bad acoustics? The food is great, but you can’t hear the person sitting next to you.

It’s a common problem. Luckily, there’s a simple solution.

In the case of this Berkeley, California eatery, they installed a helping of our Sonora® Acoustical Panels directly to their ceiling to help tame their space. Sonora® Panels are an excellent option to help fix sound problems in various bar and restaurant situations, whether they are used on the walls or the ceiling.

And with dozens upon dozens of fabric colors and design options available, you can find something to complement or enhance virtually any décor.

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AuraGELL-O™ Bifractive Diffuser Technology!

AuraGELL-O™

Biosynthesized Bifractive Polyamide with Diffusive Biomass Technology

Acoustics First® is hankering to announce the first products made with our newly developed AuraGELL-O™ Compound. First realized by Peter Cooper and patented in 1845, this Biosynthesized Bifractive Polyamide has a “sweetness” when combined with our Diffusive Biomass Technology. AuraGell-O™ is a Bio-Polyamide compound which exhibits Bifractive properties, doubling the potency of the Biomass Diffuser Technology by carving the wave in two, thereby creating a phase cancelling stream which functions as a frequency tuned absorber.

The AuraGELL-O™ Infra-Red dissolves low-frequencies, while AuraGELL-O™ In-LIME absorbs the mid-band frequencies (Acoustics First® is cooking up AuraGELL-O™ Ultra-Violet for high frequencies).

Available in AuraGELL-O™ Barrel and Pyramid formats, you get the benefits of classic diffuser styling with the added bonus of the AuraGELL-O™ Biosynthesized Bifractive Polyamide with Biomass Diffuser Technology.

Installation is a piece of cake – Just nail it to the wall!

Installation is a piece of cake – Just nail it to the wall!

By mixing the AuraGELL-O™ products with other traditional acoustic products, you get enhancements never before considered – extra diffusion and absorption with a fruity scent!

By mixing the AuraGELL-O™ products with other traditional acoustic products, you get enhancements never before considered – extra diffusion and absorption with a fruity scent!

“We loved our AuraGELL-O™ Barrels so much – we went back for seconds!” – Angelo LeMonjello

Call Acoustics First® and get your AuraGELL-O™ Barrels and Pyramids today – because by tomorrow, they will all be devoured!

Update: Due to an outbreak of AuraGELL-O™ weevils, and massive consumer demand, we regret to inform you that this was an April Fool’s joke.

Bon appétit!

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Tone Tiles™ – New! More Square Feet! Same Great Price!

That’s right!  The Tone Tile™ line of products is expanding (literally.)  We have added a new Size to the line of Paintable/Printable Tone Tiles™ – the New 2′ x 3′!  Same Great price of $325 a box!

Look for our new ad in The Absolute Sound!

Look for our new ad in The Absolute Sound!

We still have the box of Ten 1’x2′ Tone Tiles™ for $325, but now you have the option to get a box of Four 2’x3′ Tone Tiles™ for the same $325!   These are still paintable or printable, just bigger ~ So they have a larger impact visually and acoustically!  Know an artist?  Support the local artists or the artist in your own house – and create a one-of-a-kind piece of acoustic art!

Paintable and Printable

3 Panels – Hand Painted by local Artist – Scott Cuervo

Got a great photo on your phone?  We have seen some really great results with photos taken straight from their iPhone!  Now, there is a way you can really take those photos and put them on your wall!  They look great, and improve the acoustics of your room in the process.

Amsterdam iPhone photo

2 foot x 3 foot panel printed from a Photo taken from an iPhone 5 (photo by Leah Grey)

If the 1’x2′ or the 2’x3′ Tone Tiles™ are not exactly what you are looking for, we also provide custom sizes up to 4’x8′!  Quick shipping is not available for custom orders.

To review:

  • New Tone Tile™ Box – Four Tone Tiles™ in a Box / 2’x3′ each.  (24 square feet)
  • Original Tone Tile™ Box – Ten Tone Tiles™ in a Box / 1’x2′ each. (20 square feet)

Either Option – Quick Ship available – Only $325.00/box

Printable/Paintable – get creative and sound great at the same time.

 

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DIY: Back Wall Diffuser Array/Bass Trap

Getting more out of your back wall diffuser array with a simple hanging DIY array/bass trap.

One of the big “back wall” questions people have is “If I have a large diffuser array, how can I get the bass trapping I need?”  A great answer to this question is to turn the entire array into a hanging bass absorber.  If you are already planning on getting diffusion for your back wall, here is a great way to use that wall space for more than just diffusion.

Stuff you need:

bass trap foam diffuser -decon- front

Assembly instructionsbass trap foam diffuser - side

  • Screw the two IsoHangers to the plywood, using a fender washer on each screw. These should be about an inch in from each end -drill small pilot holes first. (These will be used to hang the panel, this side will be designated as the back from here on out.)
  • Use Construction adhesive to attach the Cutting Wedge® Foam to the back of the panel in a checkerboard pattern (each panel 90° rotated from adjacent)
  • Use Construction adhesive again to attach the 8 Diffusers to the front of the Plywood (Follow the installation instructions for adhesive placement)
  • Attach the Rings or Wire to the free end of the IsoHangers.

What you have created is a hanging panel that will diffuse mid-high frequencies and trap the lows.  The hanging mass absorbs low frequency energy by moving slightly when pushed by the energy of the Low frequency Waves.  The rear facing fiberglass also absorbs low frequencies by dampening the panel, but it also absorbs any of the waves that happen to get trapped behind the panel.

bass trap foam diffuser - rear

Hanging the Diffuser/Trap Assembly

  • Measure and attach the Closet Brackets to the Wall – Use appropriate anchors!  If you have standard or double wall construction without Resilient Channels, use the studs – The IsoHangers will keep vibrations from transmitting through the wall.
  • Hang the panel on the Closet Brackets using the rings/wire with the Diffusers facing you and that’s it!

bass trap foam diffuser - frontThis simple DIY project is provided as a way for our customers to learn better ways to use our products and get more value out of the products they buy.  For those customers who are planning on purchasing diffusers to make an array, or maybe already have an array and are looking to try a new configuration – this project may be what you’re looking for.

A little History…

If you embark on this little construction project, you will be constructing studio elements that have remained basically unchanged since at least the early 1970’s.  Hanging plywood wrapped in studio foam or fiberglass has been used “behind the curtains” of many of the top studios for effective bass control for over 40 years – just no one has ever seen it, as it has been hidden in walls; masked as a false wall of fabric stretched across wooden louvers!

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Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide.  Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers.  For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

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