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DIY: StratiQuilt™ Room Treatment

There are some situations where people are looking for a more temporary (yet still durable and effective) room treatment.  Maybe you have a garage, or a practice space, or a place where you are looking for a usable solution that isn’t a permanent installation.  Here is a great (not to mention tax deductible) treatment that can address many of the isolation and absorption issues of a space, while remaining durable (Washable), and easy to remove and reuse.

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Stuff you need:

  • Enough StratiQuilt™ Double-Faced Barrier Blanket to cover all of the wall and ceiling surfaces of the room you need to treat.
  • 2”x4” lumber for the edges (Used to attach the barrier to the walls and maintaining an air gap.)
  • Short Lag bolts and Washers
  • Misc. hardware to attach 2”x4” lumber to walls.

Here’s what you do.

Attach the 2”x4” lumber to the walls with enough spacing to line up the grommets on two overlapped edges of the StratiQuilt™ blankets – if you have purchased the roll, the finished edges are 4 feet wide.  Leave enough room to overlap the edges and bolt the quilts to the 2”x4” lumber as shown in the diagram above.  Continue around the room, overlapping the edges of the StratiQuilt™ blankets to seal off the room.  The blankets can be left loose over doors to allow for entry and egress while maintaining a good acoustic seal.

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If desired, continue the process across the ceiling to “lock in” the room acoustics.  This treatment may be considered by some to be a little on the “dead” side (High Absorption); however, The benefits of the treatment far outweigh this issue, which can be compensated for by adding a few acoustically reflective surfaces to the room (Drum Kit, Amplifiers, Racks, Diffusers, etc.)

Why use this system?

Other than it being very simple to install, take down and move with minor modifications to the structure, it performs a few vital acoustic tasks – all with one product.  The StratiQuilt™ design is two layers of quilted acoustic fiberglass with a layer of BlockAid® barrier in the middle.  The BlockAid® help the soundproofing of the room by it’s STC of 29, which will add significant isolation to the room.  Mounting on the 2”x4” lumber is not just done for ease – adding the air gap behind the barrier increases both its STC and NRC allowing it to work as a limp mass barrier/absorber.  The material absorbs on both sides (being double-faced), forcing in-room reflections to be attenuated immensely through the many layers of material it must pass through.

And on a final note, this economical start-up solution has the benefit of not being a “Building Material” for tax purposes, allowing for its immediate deduction as an expense.

Record your garage band without sounding like you’re in a garage, Try StratiQuilt™.

This 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.  If you are looking for more ways to use the products you have, look to Acoustics First for Ideas.  http://www.acousticsfirst.com

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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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DIY: Fix Music Stand Ringing and Reflection

DIY Project – Music/Copy Stand Cover

Take a few seconds and DIY fix some of the common problems with using metal music stands!

DIY-covered music standNot too many people think about their music stands, but we all have them somewhere.  Usually it’s one of those you see to the right – the great, sturdy, utilitarian devices that they are.  Unfortunately, there are a couple inherent problems with these:

  • Ringing – The metal resonates causing a ringing effect.
  • Reflections – many times you are using a stand close to a microphone and getting early reflections off the stand.

Here’s a few DIY fixes for these common problems.

  • a few feet of composite foam will give you both reflection and ringing fixes

The ultimate suggestion would be the Composite Foam/Barrier adhered directly to the stand, then covered with Sound Channels® fabric – This would turn your stand into a mini absorber.

Do the front and back! Make a slip cover for a temporary/removable solution.

This 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.  If you are looking for more ways to use the products you have, look to Acoustics First for Ideas.  http://www.acousticsfirst.com

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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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Blocking Piano Sound from an Adjoining Classroom

QUESTION:

We have a piano class next to a classroom and the sound loves to leak through our thin walls. We need a type of sound proofing wall the teacher can still staple pictures and information to and block out all sound going through her wall bugging the other class. The wall is about 24′ x 12′. What can you suggest?

ANSWER:

Installing a layer of the BlockAid Sound Barrier on top of the existing shared wall will block the transmission of sound through the wall. Be sure to examine to overall construction of the room.  If a suspended ceiling grid is in use, sound could possibly  flank over the wall if it does not go all the way to the roof deck.  Blocking sound requires that massive and dense structures be in place to interrupt the path of the sound or noise.  Be sure to seal any seams or gaps as well as any wall switches or boxes.  If air can pass through an area of the wall, so can sound.

More on vinyl sound barrier:  http://www.acousticsfirst.com/blockaid-vinyl-sound-barrier.htm 

Once the barrier is installed, a finish material will need to be installed over this.  We would recommend 1/2″ wall board or something simple like the Sound Channels Acoustical Wall fabric.  Sound Channels in installed in a similar manner to wall carpet and is Velcro compatible.  It also is a Class A material that passes vertical and corner burn tests.

We can also custom manufacture 2″ thick Sonora Acoustical Wall Panels with a barrier septum in the middle and a Tackable Face.  This will combine sound absorption along with the sound barrier and add a fabric finish, all in one step.  We would recommend doing this in two sections of 4′(w) x 6′(h) panels.

As always, be sure to discuss your project with an acoustical consultant or experienced professional to determine which materials best suit your application, site constraints and budget.

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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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When Soundproofing, Don’t forget to seal any seams and gaps

BlockAid Mass Loaded Barrier (MLV)

BlockAid Mass Loaded Barrier (MLV)

Whether you are building music studios, conference rooms, offices or any space that requires sound privacy, using multiple layers of sheet rock, mass loaded vinyl barrier and resilient clips with hat track  is a great start to soundproofing. However, no matter how many layers comprise the wall composition, any air gap or a seam will allow sound to spill into or out of the room. This would render all your hard work and labor null and void as well as waste your construction budget. It only takes a very small space to allow a large sound leak. Wall board and vinyl sound barrier are simple to seal correctly using an acoustical sound caulk. Be sure to apply sound sealant to all vertical and horizontal seams as well as the joints at the floor, ceiling and both inside and outside corners. Wall switches and electric outlets also pose a threat to sound leakage. They are just as important as the overall wall construction. Be sure to seal any of these weak spots with a solid enclosure or use a caulked vinyl sound barrier flap to create a soundproof seal behind these openings.

When Soundproofing a room, don’t forget to seal all your seams and gaps. If air can pass through, so can sound! http://www.acousticsfirst.com/sound-proofing-barrier-osi-acoustical-sound-sealant.htm

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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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BlockAid® Barrier Protects your Confidential Information

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BlockAid Sound Barrier BlockAid® vinyl sound barrier protects your confidential information.  In the age of information technology, protecting private conversations is a priority.  Enhance your wall and ceiling construction by adding BlockAid® vinyl sound barrier.  Keep confidential conversations heard only by persons for whom they are intended.

BlockAid®, vinyl sound barrier, also known as mass loaded vinyl (MLV), is used to block unwanted noise and reduces sound transmission without reducing your space. One-eighth inch of vinyl barrier yields STC=27.

Its 54 inch width easily covers drywall seams.

Constructed of non-reinforced high temperature vinyl with no lead fillers, this material is as heavy as lead, yet easily cuts with a utility knife.  BlockAid® vinyl sound barrier is tough and durable.

Originally designed to block transmission of sound through walls, BlockAid® is available as a backer for Cloudscape® Ceiling Tiles to limit sound flanking over office walls.

BlockAid® is available in 20’, 30’ or 60’ rolls.

http://www.acousticsfirst.com/blockaid-vinyl-sound-barrier.htm

 

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