I recently read a brief, but fascinating article in Wired called “Clever Landscaping That Bounces Plane Noise Back Into the Sky” (June 2014).
Airport noise is a global issue, but apparently it’s a particular problem around the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam because it’s located in such a flat, open landscape, which allows noise to travel well into the surrounding area.
You don't want to leave the door wide open by writing “include sound masking system” (believe it or not, this still happens).
After all, you aren't purchasing this technology for the sheer pleasure of owning the equipment. You’re expecting it to improve speech privacy and control noise.
And, as promised, the continuation of last week's post...
6. Will the sound masking automatically adjust to noise levels?
When first introduced to sound masking, most people ask whether it will raise or lower in volume according to what’s happening in the space. After all, this feature’s been available with paging systems for years.
1. How can you cover noise with sound?
Adding sound in order to control noise seems contradictory. But the problem with many offices is that they're actually too quiet. They just don't have an effective ambient level. And in this ‘pin drop’ environment, even the smallest noises disrupt our train of thought. It’s also really easy to hear other people’s conversations, whether we want to or not. That’s why we describe these spaces as noisy.
Though often associated with sounds like crunching footsteps, roaring snowmobiles, scraping shovels and crashing toboggans, as I stepped outside after a recent storm, I was immediately reminded about just how peaceful it can be when there’s a thick new blanket of the white stuff on the ground.