Church Acoustics: Creating Great Sound with Worship Leaders

Helping churches and worship environments sound their best is important to us. We especially enjoy connecting with audio professionals, music enthusiasts, and worship leaders and learning about their experiences and worship spaces.

From July 14 – 17, we will have the opportunity to engage with these communities at the National Worship Leader Conference in Kansas City, KS. The NWLC is a premier event for training and equipping worship leaders, bands, vocalists, tech specialists, and choirs through dynamic workshops, face-to-face mentorship, and exposure to cutting-edge technology.

Our team will be on-site with ATS Acoustics acoustical wall and ceiling treatments for fellowship halls, sanctuaries, gymnasiums, and classrooms. Those that are interested in attending can use promotional code ATS10 and register on the NWLC-Kansas site to receive a 10% discount off the current registration price.

ATS Acoustics Provides Noise Solutions for Restauranteurs

ATS Acoustics will be attending the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show held May 17–20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Over the course of the four-day event, ATS Acoustics will join the NRA trade show floor to exhibit our range of acoustical solutions for quieter dining environments. Our noise solutions for great-sounding, great-looking restaurants include: ATS Acoustic Wall Panels, ATS Art Acoustic Panels, and ATS Ceiling Baffles.

ATS Art Acoustic Panels at Alamo Cafe, TX

ATS Acoustics will be at Booth #9710, North Hall, Level 1, and engineers will be on-site to answer acoustical and design questions. Restauranteurs can learn how to enhance their facility’s atmosphere and discover how to provide a comfortable, intelligible dining environment for their guests.

ATS Ceiling Panels at Fortify Kitchen & Bar, GA

Soundproof your Home Office with Acoustic Treatments

Working from a home office can be frustrating when faced with distracting household sounds and disruptions.  To maximize your work experiences in a home workspace, try a few of these soundproofing strategies.

Switch to a heavier door: Large amounts of noise can actually enter your home office through the bottom of your office door.  This can be easily fixed by switching your existing door with a solid core door designed to reduce noise.

Cover your floors: Floor coverings will help stop noise from bouncing around your office’s hard surfaces.  Add a carpet or a few thick throw rugs and make a big difference in dampening loud echoes.

Adding insulation to certain areas can help stop noise from entering your room.

Plug sound leaks: Noise can travel through the tiniest of gaps.  Acoustical sealants, such as QuietSeal Pro Acoustical Sealant, can be used to fill openings between ductwork, overhead lighting fixtures, and door casings. You can also apply acoustical putty pads around electrical outlets and water hookups. For additional soundproofing, fill the wall and ceiling cavities with insulation board, such as Acoustical Fire Batts.

Hang acoustic panels: Acoustic panels are an affordable and easy-to-install solution for soundproofing.  Be creative and use ATS Art Acoustic Panels to turn your acoustic panels into beautiful art images.  Alternatively, try ATS Tackable Acoustic Panels, a dual purpose sound treatment that offers a tackboard and a sound absorbing panel.

ATS Acoustic Panels will help soundproof your home office.

Even small changes can help create a quieter and more comfortable work environment in your home office.  If we can help solve your noise problems, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Creating Quieter Childcare Environments with Acoustical Treatments

Quality childcare centers foster a child’s social, emotional, and intellectual development and provide a safe and supportive physical environment. Sometimes overlooked, the acoustics of the childcare environment are worth paying attention to.

Why are acoustics important in childcare centers?

Although the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has acoustical standards for school facilities, similar criteria for addressing noise issues in daycare centers has yet to be developed.  Young children need minimal background noise in their learning environments in order to understand language.  If a childcare environment has large amounts of reflective surfaces and background noise, this “sound buildup” can cause communication difficulty between caregivers and children.  Too much noise can also interfere with a child’s ability to discriminate between meaningful speech and has been linked to affecting hearing loss, attention skills, and elevated blood pressure levels (Holland, Healthy Child Care).

Some suggestions for creating quieter childcare environments include:

  • If possible, avoid building child care centers near noise sources such as major high­ways, street intersections, railroad lines, or airport flight paths.
  • Place acoustic panels throughout the child care center to reduce reflected sound and increase speech clarity.
  • Use cork floors, mats, or carpeting in appropriate spaces.
  • Open floor arrangements can attribute to higher noise levels. Create quieter sleeping or napping areas by varying ceiling heights, or by hanging acoustic baffles.
  • Incorporate acoustic ceiling panels in the ceiling design. Ceiling installations are an affordable way to solve acoustical concerns without using valuable wall space.
  • Add sound control and a visual element with colorful, kid-friendly art acoustic panels.
Kid-friendly Art Acoustic Panels offer bright, fun designs plus acoustical control.

Kid-friendly Art Acoustic Panels offer bright, fun designs plus acoustical control.

Paying attention to acoustics can not only create a more comfortable childcare environment, but it can be crucial in fostering a safe and healthy center for children.  Even simple changes to a child care center’s acoustical plan can make a big difference in a child’s learning atmosphere.

If we can help solve your noise problems, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Acoustical Considerations in Workplace Architecture

The physical and social environment of a workplace, including cafeterias, employee lounges, and break rooms, can be key factors in measuring employee satisfaction. As well as providing a relaxing area during the work day, meetings and other activities frequently occur in these spaces, and excess noise can interfere with fulfilling objectives.

Some goals to consider when designing an effective and comfortable work space may include:

  • Reducing echo and reverberant noise as much as possible.
  • Controlling the impact of generated noise to surrounding work areas.
  • Minimizing ambient noise from outdoors and nearby conversations.

Custom Acoustic Panels improve a cafeteria environment. (Corflex, Quebec)

Absorptive materials in the form of Acoustic Panels or Ceiling Panels can help meet these goals.   The following sound control products were used by recent ATS Acoustics’ customers when designing their employee work spaces:

Unique images create comfortable employee lounges. (Jameson Interiors, TX)

Unique images create comfortable employee lounges. (Jameson Interiors, TX)

We’re here to offer unlimited design choices and customized options for your work space. Whether we turn a company logo into a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork or create a collage of multi-colored panels to brighten the room, we will make sure that the work space meets both your aesthetic and acoustical goals.

Custom Acoustic Panels: Beyond the Basics

We build custom acoustic panels to order every day. Most of them are standard specifications in custom sizes. Here are some other customizations we also build into products for our customers on a regular basis.

  • Choose an edge profile – beveled or square.  Beveled edges have a 1/2-inch 45-degree eased edge around the entire rim while square edges have a typical boxed edge.
  • Use custom-specified fabrics to match your room.  Choose from our fabric options, specify Guilford of Maine fabric, or select your own fabric and send it to us.
  • Specify a core material that meets your needs including: Roxul AFB, ECOSE® fiberglass, recycled cotton material, or Owens Corning 703 or 705.
  • Try custom shapes and sizes for a unique look. Hexagons, triangles, rectangles, 1″ frames, 4″ frames, and more.

Our routine customization options combine for literally millions of unique acoustic panel variations. And that doesn’t count customizations based on individual customer needs, specific drawings, etc. We’re serious about custom acoustic panels, done quickly, done right, here in the USA.

Improve Intelligibility in Classrooms with Acoustic Panels

Acoustic Panels - An Easy Solution to Help Students Learn

Learning environments with excess reverberation and noise can affect a student’s understanding of lessons and discussions.  Simple sound control applications can drastically improve classrooms with these types of noise problems.

The following are a few affordable and effective acoustical applications that can improve the acoustical design of a classroom and enhance a student’s quality of education.

  • Acoustic Panels are the most common sound control application and can be customized to meet size, shape, and fabric specifications.
  • Tackable Acoustic Panels function as both an effective sound absorber and a tackable surface.
  • Acoustic Ceiling Panels fit into standard drop ceilings and will upgrade the acoustical quality of a classroom without using wall space.

Additional acoustic treatment ideas for schools can be found on our Classroom Acoustic Panels application page.

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Acoustic Treatments for LEED Projects

Acoustical performance is increasingly being recognized as a component in sustainable interior environments. A building’s acoustics affects the productivity and satisfaction of the occupants and also contributes to their health and well-being.  By incorporating recyclable and sustainable materials in the design and manufacturing process, “green” sound control applications can reduce harmful noise levels and create cleaner indoor air quality to improve the overall indoor environment.

LEED Credit Potential for Recycled Content and Indoor Air Quality.

ATS Acoustics’ eco-friendly acoustical treatments provide an environmental advantage over current industry standards by incorporating both high recycled content and renewable resources in our products. Our eco-friendly sound treatments can help projects meet green building standards and earn LEED points towards LEED for Schools, LEED for New Construction, and LEED for Existing Buildings.

ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels and ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels are manufactured with an ECOSE® fiberglass core containing no formaldehyde, phenol, artificial colors or acrylics. The ECOSE® core material features low VOC’s and is certified for indoor air quality as a low emitting product by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute to both the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification Program and the GREENGAURD Children and Schools standard.

ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels for LEED Projects

ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels

ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels provide superior acoustical performance and impressive environmental stewardship. Eco-Panels are available in several standard sizes and fabrics, or we can meet your specifications for custom shapes and sizes.   We can also custom print any art, image, or photo for a high quality, customized Art Eco-Panel.

Eco-Panel features:

  • 90% pre-consumer recycled composite framing.
  • 58% recycled ECOSE® fiberglass.
  • ASTM E84 Class A Fire Rating available.
  • Option to select alternative fabric suppliers.

ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels for LEED Projects

ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels

ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels are a highly absorptive acoustic panel designed to fit standard 24″ x 48″ or 24″ x 24″ ceiling grid systems. They are an easy way to upgrade the acoustical quality of a room without altering the appearance and usage of wall space.

Ceiling Panel features:

  • Contains at least 50% post-consumer recycled material by weight.
  • ASTM E84 Class A Fire Rating available.

Both our Acoustic Eco-Panels and Acoustic Ceiling Panels take advantage of a full, diverse range of sustainable materials. Our eco-friendly acoustic products are recommended for acoustic installations in schools, office buildings, hospitals, recreational facilities, and auditoriums….or anywhere that a green, effective sound treatment is needed.

Please call us at 1-866-787-7881 with any questions or for a quote.

Sound Control in Churches and Worship Spaces

Most houses of worship share two acoustical needs.  Meeting these needs will help foster the growth of the worship community by creating a more successful worship environment.

The first need is to deliver a high quality, intelligible, spoken message.   Faulty acoustics impede the congregation’s understanding of the speaker’s message and interfere with the listener’s concentration.   Speech intelligibility should be clear and strong across the front, middle, back, and along all sides of the room.

The second need is performing music in the form of singing or musical instruments. Whether playing traditional music with choirs, organs, and pianos, or performing “energy” music using guitars, drums, keyboards, and singers, poor acoustics can influence the congregations’ understanding and ability to join in with praise music.

Gathering areas separate from the central sanctuary will also benefit from acoustic treatments.  Simple, yet effective, sound control treatments will improve the sound and cultivate the necessary privacy throughout gymnasiums, fellowship halls, meeting rooms, offices, and other support spaces.

Common Causes of Poor Acoustics

The typical architectural structure of worship houses consists of many hard, reflective surfaces that allow sound waves to freely bounce from wall to wall. Slap-back, flutter echoes, “dead” sound, and sound that the congregation just cannot hear are common complaints, especially from those that worship in non-traditional spaces.

Before investing in a new sound system, consider the room’s acoustics first.   Below we highlight several churches that solved their sound issues with acoustic treatments.

Rothesay Baptist:

Pastor Barry Todd experienced a number of sound issues in the sanctuary of Rothesay Baptist. Slap echo from the front wall created “muddy” noise, and, during musical numbers, instrument sounds bounced and echoed around the room. These problems interfered with congregational singing, sermon intelligibility, and general listening comfort.   After treating the room’s front walls, first reflection points, and ceiling with Acoustic Panels, the congregation can now clearly hear the Pastor and follow along with praise music. Pastor Barry Todd says the panels are, “effective in treating their problems and flexible enough to fit our space.”

House of Prayer:

While renovating a retired 1897 Catholic Parish, the House of Prayer Evansville needed to work within the confines of the existing structure.  The older architectural designs did not support the modern technologies of sound systems and amplified music, and sound echoed freely throughout the chamber.   ATS Acoustic Panels not only offered noise absorption and decreased the echoes, but they also blended seamlessly into the architectural elements of the beautiful church.

Frisco Bible Church:

Technical Director Ryan Sweeten wanted to improve the flutter echo, slap back, and intelligibility issues in the sanctuary.  The congregation especially had trouble hearing their Pastor when he moved around the staging area with his microphone.

Ryan applied Custom Size 8′ x 4′ panels at first reflection points, 2′ x 2′ Acoustic Panels along the front wall, and additional acoustical treatments along the rear wall.  He states that the sound improvement is dramatic, particularly during musical numbers. “The acoustic panels help punch up the low end frequencies and provide clearer, solid sound for the kick drums and bass guitars.”

Acoustic treatments are an affordable solution to changing the dynamics and experiences in your worship environment.  Learn more about our available acoustical treatments.

Our Inside Sales Engineers are always pleased to give a free analysis of your sanctuary, or to answer any of your acoustical questions.