A: Sound panels are used to remove reverb and echo in any room. They provide excellent sound absorption at all high and mid frequencies. Sound absorption panels placed on the first reflection points in a listening room will greatly enhance the overall sound. Because in doing so you stop the sound waves from bouncing back and fourth, which in turn yields better stereo imaging and a greater depth of sound stage.
A: Bass traps are thicker and denser versions of our acoustic panels which are designed to absorb bass frequencies down to 40 Hz . Acoustic panels are designed mostly to absorb high and mid frequencies (human voices, treble...) with some bass absorption (from 250 Hz to 4000 Hz). Acoustimacs bass traps absorb high frequencies just as well as our standard panels, except they have the added advantage of being able to absorb much more of the lower frequencies. Bass absorption panels such our Corner trap work best if placed in room corner. They help eliminate standing waves, dips and spikes that are notoriously prevalent in smaller rooms. So for example, if you notice that you have too much bass in one spot of the room, and very little in the sweet spot, you needs bass traps to calibrate the room lows and to give you as flat a low frequency as possible. Which results in tighter punchier bass that does not overwhelm the rest of the instruments and sounds equally good no matter where you sit in the room.
A: You sure can! Our bass traps offer broadband absorption (Highs, mids and lows). In fact Acoustimac’s PRO series room packages consist of all bass traps. Remember bass is the toughest frequency to control, so bass traps are a must. The more you deploy the better off you are, especially in smaller rooms where bass frequencies are a major problem.
A: No, they are not designed for that purpose. Please see our Soundproofing FAQ for details. Although they provide excellent sound absorption inside a room, they have no impact on the amount of sound transmitted through walls, windows and crevices. Acoustic panels are mainly used to condition sound in the room and make it more pleasant by reducing echoes, slap, reverb caused by sound waves reflecting on hard surfaces and parallel walls. Visit our Soundproofing FAQ for more detailed information about noise control.
A: It all depends on the total square footage of hard surfaces in a room. For optimum performance, the recommended minimum coverage is 25 to 30% of all hard surfaces. By providing us with the room’s measurements, we can calculate exactly how many panels you would need for your deployment scenario. Give us a call and we’ll walk you through the process. (See next FAQ Item)
A: Acoustimac provides z-clips installation hardware with all of its acoustic panel and bass trap products. You attach two Z-Clips on the upper corners of the panel backing, about an inch or more from the edges using provided wood screws, be sure to orient the screw holes to the top. Then attach the remaining two Z-Clips to the wall with the screw holes oriented to the floor and be sure they are at the same level and are spaced the same as they are on the panel. Then you slide the clips on the panel over the clips on the wall and that’s it.
Please view installation diagram below for standard acoustic panel or bass traps:Panel wall installation
Please view installation diagram below for corner bass traps
A: Z-bar installation : Requires 4 Z-bars per panel as shown below. You will set up two bars on the ceiling, parallel and with the raised sides facing each other. Then you will install the bars onto the panel back boards, taking into account the spacing you set up between the bars on the ceiling, also parallel to each other but with the raised sides facing away from each. Then you slide the unit's bars into the bars on the ceiling :
B: Ceiling Suspension with Eye-Hooks :
The other installation method on most ceilings would be to suspend the panel by using eye hooks and nylon or wire lines. See diagram below:Ceiling Panel Installation
A: For CORNER Bass Traps, you install the clips to the tapered sides of the trap, however you orient the clips on the back as shown below:
For REGULAR Bass Traps with Corner Mounting Brackets, you will install the 45 degree brackets to the ceiling and wall, then orient the Z-clips on the back as sown below:
A: Panels are rated in NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) and our bass traps in Sabins (unit of measure of sound absorption in the inch-pound system). All of bass traps and panels are independently tested by Riverbank Acoustics. The higher the absorption # the better the panel is. This is important because it’s a very effective way to gauge panel performance when compared to other vendors or similar products in different thicknesses from the same vendor. Acoustimac panels and bass traps have some the best absorption coefficient in the industry.
A: They all provide excellent absorption, but we offer our customers the choice for different reasons. Here are the main varying features to each of our insulation types: -Owens Corning 703 and 705 - Acoustimac offers this insulation as a choice mostly because of popular demand. For decades, Owens Corning rigid fiberglass insulation has been the mainstay of the industry. -Mineral Wool 1260 and 1280 (Rockwool/ Roxul) - This insulation is our primary production insulation because it outperforms Owens Corning 703 in sound absorption and is more eco friendly than OC703. -Acoustimac Eco core Insulation (4Lb) - is the best sound insulation we have to offer in terms of performance. It outperforms them both and is much more durable and does not irritate skin like fiberglass does. Not to mention it’s made of 100% recycled materials and is completely biodegradable.
A: Of Course, we offer samples from any of our fabric collections. Visit our sample center or send an email using the contact form to request a sample set.
A: Sure thing. We would be glad to fabricate sound absorption panels for you, using your own fabric. The cost will be the same as our standard DMD panels. You will be required to send us the fabric before production can begin. Also we advise you to use a breathable fabric for acoustic transparency as a fabric with too tight of a weave will reflect sound which render the panel useless. Also, the fabric needs to be at 6-9" wider than the desired panel size to account for the sides.
A: Custom Sizes is what we do best! And you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else who can get them done sooner than us. We can make you panels in any size up to 48"x96". As long as the shapes are rectangles and squares. On ocassion we can make other geometrical shapes but those are determined on a case by case basis. Contact one of our experts to see if we can bring your idea to life.
A: Yes, we offer 45 degree beveled edges for a small upcharge.
Room Coverage Calculator
With this calculator you can determine just the right amount of acoustic panels you'll need to effectively treat your space. If your room has a ceiling height of 13' or lower, Please use the ceilings up to 13 feet tab, and enter the dimensions to your space in the provided fields and select from the drop-down menu what type of room you wish to treat, then press the Calculate button. If your ceiling is higher than 13 feet, then use the ceilings over 14 feet tab. If you wish to treat a studio space or home theater, then click the Studios and Home Theaters tab Ranges are displayed as minimum to recommended. Minimum coverage will provide adequate acoustical performance, while recommended coverage will provide significantly better performance than the minimum. A common practice is to begin with the minimum coverage and then deploy any additional coverage as needed. For your convenience, we also display examples of the calculated coverage, translated into popular panel sizes such as the 4'x2', 4'x4' and 8'x4'.