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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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Triple Threat!

This install pic shows a fantastic mix of products: Sound Channels® Wall Fabric, Sonora® Panels and Cloudscape® Baffles. Note how the Sound Channels fabric is used on the lower portion of the wall. Using a fabric like this is a great way to efficiently treat a large area of wall and is durable enough to take a beating from basketballs, volleyballs, etc. This installation also includes Sonora Panels on the upper portion of the wall, along with a generous helping of Cloudscape Baffles in the ceiling. Installing ceiling baffles in a dense pattern like this really helps tame the reverb in spaces with high ceilings! On a side note, all three of these products have a Class A fire rating and are great choices for public spaces, where fire codes are of paramount importance.

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Sonora® Acoustical Panels and a Tip!

Sonora® Panels – Halleck Bar Gallery

Using light-colored acoustical panels can be tricky. Getting them from production, to job site, to final installation, all while maintaining their bright clean appearance takes much care. Here are some install pics from a job one of our dealers installed for a museum in Nevada. For this job Sonora® Wall Panels, covered in White Guilford® of Maine fabric, were installed along the upper perimeter of the facility.

A helpful hint for handling or installing lighter colored acoustical panels is to have some white gloves handy for the unloading and installation process!

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