The article summarises recommendations on where best to place acoustic panels Silentmax® so as to maximize their effectiveness. I won’t go into the full details that are dealt with in listening studios, such as here.
We will introduce you to the most important rules and principles for improving your acoustics.
Perception of room acoustics
Apart from the visual aspect, it is the acoustics that determines the perception of the space. You perceive the acoustics of the space you are in with your sense of hearing, which is the most sensitive human sense. Acoustic comfort is proven to improve concentration, make the spoken word clearer and the listener less fatigued.
The basic parameter of acoustics is reverberation, which you can read about here. The reverberation time indicates how long the sound will stay in a given space. For example, notice the clapping of hands, this creates a sound pulse for which you can clearly hear the time before it fades away.
Most modern spaces with an excess of glass, tiles, hard reflective surfaces suffer from excessive reverberation, long lasting echoes. You can reduce reverberation by using acoustically absorbent material, which is usually porous or soft and absorbs acoustic energy. In a high-echo environment, even a relatively small acoustically absorbent surface will do a great service.
Calculate for yourself in the space you are addressing what the total area (walls+ceiling+floor) of the space is and how much of that area is made up of (hard) acoustically reflective materials and how much of the total area is made up of (soft) acoustically absorptive materials. Their appropriate ratio determines the degree of reverberation (echo).
Thus, we are interested in the ratio of tiles, walls, glass, wood to carpet, curtains, upholstered sofas, etc.
Acoustic panels Silentmax®
They are maintenance-free, durable, anti-static, non-flammable and have excellent absorption of acoustic energy.
- by gluing
- by hanging on a hook
- Silentmax3D – using Silentmax EasyFix profiles
- with spacing screws
Placement of acoustic panels Silentmax®
Opposite reflective surfaces, for example opposite windows. Opposite the floor, fix the acoustic panels to the ceiling. If possible, ideally at a distance of 2-5cm from the wall, or even further from the ceiling. Sound passes through the panel twice and the panel is therefore capable of greater acoustic absorption.
Make use of unnecessary surfaces
Stick acoustic panels under tables, chairs and other furniture. Any surface that is in contact with the air of the space reduces its reverberation. Siletmax acoustic panels can be easily cut to size.
Create a bulletin board
By sticking the panel to the wall, the entire surface acts as an acoustic absorber. If you then use a smaller part of it for a noticeboard, it will still absorb ambient noise perfectly.
Fill the side gap between the cabinet and the wall
Even what you can’t see in acoustics works
All surfaces that are in contact with the air in a given space can absorb acoustic energy.
Use the ceiling area
Cut out any decorative shape and stick it on the wall