The Sound Masking Blog

Investigated by CSI

investigated_by_CSIAs I've mentioned in two previous posts (Franken Spec and Zoning in on Performance), writing a solid sound masking specification can be quite challenging.

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.


Top 10 Questions About Sound Masking – Part 2

top_ten_sound_masking_contdAnd, 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.


Top 10 Questions About Sound Masking

top_ten_sound_maskingSound masking's been in use for decades, but many people are still unfamiliar with this technology. So, this week, I thought I'd tackle the top 10 questions I'm asked at tradeshows.

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.


Reflecting Upon Snow

Reflecting Upon SnowWe've had real winter weather here this year…and we're only half way through the season. There’s certainly been no shortage of snow!

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.


Breaking the Barrier

Breaking The Office Sound BarrierI’d like to expand on my last post (Out, Damned Spot!) by breaking down some barriers…or, rather, by talking about why you can’t simply rely on walls to provide speech privacy and noise control in private offices.

If you have an office, your level of acoustic satisfaction is likely higher than that of your coworkers in cubicles (and definitely better than those in open desk or benching environments), but in many cases, noise and lack of privacy to adjoining rooms still interfere with your ability to do your job. You either have to put up with the conversations and activities taking place outside your door…or shut it and risk being seen as anti-social.