Monthly Newsletters

June 2017 Newsletter: Let’s Get Weird Volume 4

As kids we were told that we could hear the ocean if we put a seashell up to our ear. If we brought the seashell home, we in turn brought the ocean home with us too. The fact is, “the voice of the sea” has always been present anywhere in the world without the seashell, whether you are in Detroit, Moscow, or “down the shore”.… Read More

May 2017 Newsletter: Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air. Among all the beautiful blooming trees and flowers come the sounds of the season. Birds chirping, babbling brooks, and the somewhat less pleasant shrill shriek of babies crying. Humans can hear a moderately broad frequency spectrum of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz; from the low rumble of a diesel engine idling to the thin hiss of carbonation exiting your favorite beverage upon opening.… Read More

February 2017 Newsletter: Building Walls

In today’s political scene and in the media, there’s been a lot of talk about building walls or not building walls.  With all this talk of walls, we thought now would be a good time to talk about the acoustical performance of walls, or as we acousticians like to call them, sound barriers. … Read More

January 2017 Newsletter: Special Edge

As audiovisual technology changes and progresses, so too do the needs and capabilities of the classroom. This holds particularly true for special needs classrooms.  Teachers have found that the traditional use of textbooks and worksheets are often ineffective for special education students. … Read More

November 2016 Newsletter: Sounding Like An Acoustical Consultant

As acoustical consultants, we often find ourselves doing a lot of explaining: explaining methods, explaining results, explaining terms.  In our visual society, simply talking about sound is difficult due to the lack of a well-defined, commonly used dictionary of terms.  If you can list five terms in less than five minutes used to describe sound that are not borrowed from other senses and are not onomatopoeic, you’re probably an acoustical consultant. … Read More

October 2016 Newsletter: Loud and Proud

Football season is in full swing and almost every week, we see an article about how loud a particular stadium is from fans cheering. These elevated sound levels, which seem to be a source of pride for the home fans, make it difficult for the opposing team’s offense to call plays.… Read More

September 2016 Newsletter: A Second Set of Reps

A year ago, our newsletter discussed fitness centers and their impact (pun intended) on a project’s acoustical design.  Since then, we have seen a staggering growth in the number of fitness center projects requiring acoustical consultation.  We are not the only ones seeing a growth in this category as many manufacturers have developed a new range of flooring products that are intended to help control heavy impact or shock. … Read More