Acoustics in a busy restaurant

What Do Acoustical Consultants Actually Do?

As an acoustical consultant, I often have trouble answering the “what do you do?” question. The basic answer is quite easy, but unless the person asking the question is an architect, performing artist, or involved in music, they often don’t have a...
How Does Acoustical Absorption Work?

How Does Acoustical Absorption Work?

Walk outside on a cold winter day just after the first big snowfall and you can hear the hush in the air. Everything sounds different because that hush in the air is the snow absorbing sound. Now, compare that to walking into a gym where the sound bounces around and...
absorbing vs blocking sound

Absorbing Vs. Blocking Sound

When sound transfers from one space to another, what’s the most effective treatment? Does fiberglass insulation stop sound? Advice from professional acoustical consultants on the dos and don’t of sound absorption versus noise isolation. When there is a concern about...
The ABCs of Open Office Acoustics

The ABCs of Open Office Acoustics

Open office spaces with movable partitions and reconfigurable workstations have become more than a trend in office facility design. They are the new normal. As acoustical consultants, we work on open office spaces frequently, and we like to begin the conversation with...
How Does Sound Masking Work

How Does Sound Masking Work?

Have you ever increased the volume of your music or television program to “drown out” your noisy neighbors? Or have you noticed how difficult it is to hear a conversation while eating in a busy restaurant? In both situations, sound from the “masker” (your...

New Principal Acoustical Engineer

Acoustics By Design is delighted to announce the naming of Melinda Miller, PE, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, INCE. Bd.Cert., as ABD’s Principal Acoustical Engineer. Melinda Miller has worked in acoustical engineering since 2001. As a Professional Acoustical Engineer, licensed...