Now Offering 3-Inch and 4-Inch Hardened-Edge Panels

ATS Acoustics is now offering 3” and 4” Hardened-Edge Acoustic Panels as a customer-configurable option. These options are in addition to our 1” and 2” panels. ATS Hardened-Edge Acoustic Panels have no internal frame, making them lightweight and suitable for multiple mounting techniques. The construction and integrity of frameless panels starts with a rigid fiberglass core (6 pounds per cubic foot density), which is extremely effective at absorbing sound. Fabric is tightly and evenly stretched around the core to prevent any visual imperfections such as puckers or wrinkles. Borders are treated to form hard, impact-resistant edges. These additional custom features are in response to frequent requests from architects. With more design options, our Hardened-Edge Acoustic Panels will work for any job!

Features and Benefits:

  • Panels conform to the industry specifications and standards most commonly used by architects—no guesswork, no surprises.
  • Lightweight, frameless panels have a rigid fiberglass core (6 pound per cubic foot density), extremely effective at absorbing sound.
  • High Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) means exceptional sound absorption and the need for fewer panels.
  • Fabric is tightly and evenly stretched around the core to prevent visual imperfections such as puckers or wrinkles.
  • Borders are treated to form durable, impact-resistant edges.
  • Panels are handcrafted in the USA to ensure the highest quality construction.
  • Guilford of Maine is the industry standard in acoustic fabric with an ASTM E84 Class A fire rating and a sleek, commercial-grade polyester weave.
  • Panels are easy to install on a variety of surfaces and leave little damage when removed—no more than hanging a picture.
  • Multiple installation options available for all of your project needs.
    We offer custom shapes and sizes built to your specifications.

Soundproofing vs Sound Absorption

The term “soundproofing” is often used informally to mean either “sound isolation” or “sound absorption”. These two meanings are quite different, and achieving sound isolation requires different treatments or room modification that achieving sound absorption.

Sound waves typically projects from their source in all directions. While some sound travels directly to the destination of interest (e.g. a microphone, another individual, etc.), most of the sound bounces in all directions between surfaces within the room. Some sound may escape through gaps or openings in the room surfaces, and some may be transmitted through/by the structures of the rooms walls, floor, or ceiling.

After some delay due to additional travel distance along this path of many reflections, those reflected sounds may reach the destination of interest. The resulting effect is many copies of the sound arriving at slightly different times, and we call this “reverb”. With each reflection, some frequencies will be absorbed and scattered differently than others, giving each room a different tone to its reverb characteristics.
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How Many Acoustic Panels do I Need?

Most of our customers want to solve the acoustical problems in their rooms, without spending more on acoustics panels than they need to. An accurate analysis of the room’s acoustics provides a prescription for how many square feet of acoustic panels the room needs, without relying on guesswork or trial-and-error.

The key factors that influence the amount of acoustic treatment required are 1) the intended uses of the room, 2) the size of the room including the ceiling height, 3) the surface materials in the room (types of flooring, wall, and ceiling materials present).

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Acoustic Panels for Schools: Classrooms, Gyms, and Music Rooms

It’s that time of year again when the school hallways are filling up with eager students that are ready to take on the new school year. Between active PE games, hallway conversations, and music practice, schools can quickly become a noisy place. With ATS Acoustics products, the reduction in echoes and reverb will allow your students and teachers to resume their everyday activities.

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Types of Acoustic Panel Mounting Hardware

At ATS Acoustics, we deliver all of our panels with the hardware that you will need for mounting. Our included Installation Template is easy to follow and will help you hang your panels quickly and safely. However, if you have decided to make your own acoustic panels, you want to be sure that you purchase the correct mounting hardware for your type of panel and know how the hardware works. At ATS Acoustics, we have many kinds of hardware needed for your DIY project. 

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How to Install ATS Acoustic Panels

Is this your first time hanging an ATS Acoustics wall panel? With a little planning and our enclosed template, the task of installing panels doesn’t have to be daunting This post is a step by step guide on hanging a standard acoustic panel (square/rectangular shape with a wood frame and lauan backing). 

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Say Hello to Snow

ATS Acoustics is happy to introduce a new custom color to our Guilford of Maine Sona fabric options, Snow. This new option allows ATS Acoustic customers to choose a clear and bright white color, as opposed to an off-white shade such as our Linen fabric. Our new fabric color option is available for original Acoustic Panels, Bass Traps, Stackers, and Acoustic Ceiling Panels.

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HVAC Noise Solutions

What is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Each component in a home may be separate, such as a radiant system combined with window air conditioning units. However, it’s more common for combined systems such as central heating and AC systems that use a single blower to circulate air using internal ducts, or with a ductless system for different rooms in the house.

The purpose of an HVAC system is more than an adjustment to temperature. HVACs improve indoor air quality and provide comfort for everyone inside a building. Natural ventilation is present in most homes and refers to the way air typically moves windows, doors, vents, and other openings. This exchange of air is necessary to replenish oxygen, and to remove odors, carbon dioxide, unpleasant odors, and excessive moisture.

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Mounting Ceiling Panels Safely

When mounting ATS Acoustics Ceiling Panels, or any type of panels that require mounting, it is especially important to make sure that the installation is secure and safe. Here are some safety tips and reminders for when you mount your ceiling panels:

  • Work with ATS Acoustical Cloud Installation Hardware
    • Each installation kit contains two angle iron runners and the corresponding amount of screws and washers, quick links, anchors, and toggle clips.
    • All you need is a drill for installation.
    • This installation hardware is not suitable for hanging the fiberglass and mineral wool insulation board we sell. For mounting hardware for insulation board, take a look at our RotoFast Insulation Cloud Anchors.
  • In recording rooms and music studios, typical installation is directly above the listening position or work space.  For home theaters, Acoustic Clouds should be mounted at first reflection points (i.e on the ceiling halfway between the speakers and the listening position).
  • If you are working with a drywall ceiling, be sure to use suitable drywall anchors anywhere you are screwing something to the drywall.
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Customer Insight: Jess Duda, the Creator and Host of “In My Living Room” and “The Day Job Artist.”

“I was developing two podcast series featuring live performances by musicians, comedians, poets, novelists, and playwrights as an independent producer at Dubway Studios in Manhattan. I chose this studio because the owner, Al Houghton, whom I met in a film collective, kindly offered me a discount during the start-up phase. 

Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers in front of an ATS sound panel as a reprinted watercolor by Robyn Jordan Photo credit: Liam Liu, courtesy of Kindred Spirits Media 

After I recorded the first pilot, which featured the political work and performances of social justice artists, I was about to start pitching the series to distributors. At the last minute, I attended a friend’s house concert for her debut album release party. Low and behold, Stelth Ulvang, a member of the band The Lumineers, showed up. He had just gotten off the plane from Uganda where he was playing at a three-city music festival to prevent the spread of HIV. Upon deplaning, he saw a friend’s post on social media to attend a house concert in Brooklyn, and decided to come by and play. He knocked the walls down with his energy, guitar, voice, and storytelling. The experience of seeing a world-class musician play in such an intimate space inspired me to move the podcast from the studio into my living room in Brooklyn, NY. 

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