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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ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels

ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels are a highly effective, environmentally friendly acoustical application that fit easily in regular drop ceilings. For convenience, these ceiling panels fit easily in standard 24” x 48” and 24” x 24” ceiling grid systems. With these standard sizes, ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels can be discreetly placed in a multitude of spaces such as classrooms, offices, conference rooms, hallways, and more. With more sound absorption than the standard drop ceiling panels, these acoustical ceiling panels will help eliminate sound problems in any kind of environment.

These ceiling panels come in 16 Guilford of Maine fabric colors, allowing you to mix and match the panels for a unique and customized look. Additionally, ATS Acoustic Ceiling Panels are eco-friendly with LEED credit potential. The ECOSE® Technology fiberglass contains no phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics, or artificial colors, and features 58% post consumer recycled materials, making these certified for Indoor Air Quality as a low emitting product by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.  These formaldehyde-free panels can contribute credit towards LEED for Schools, LEED for New Construction, and LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations, and Maintenance.

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ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels

ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels are the only brand of customized acoustic treatment that provides superior acoustical performance and impressive environmental stewardship. The Eco-Panel’s recycled content provides a healthier indoor air quality than standard fiberglass based panels and can contribute to LEED certified building projects. Core material can be either ECOSE® fiberglass or recycled Cotton material (note that Class A fire rating is not available on the recycled Cotton material). ECOSE® Technology fiberglass contains no phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics, or artificial colors. ATS Acoustic Eco-Panels feature 58% post consumer recycled materials and reduces binder embodied energy by up to 70%. With carbon negative sustainability, these panels also reduce carbon generation during their life cycle.

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