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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ATS Acoustics Studio Stacker

The ATS Acoustics Studio Stacker™ is both a portable gobo panel and a portable bass trap in one product. The Studio Stacker delivers exceptional sound control by absorbing stray sound and excessive bass waves. It eliminates sound distortions during recording and live performing, and reduces sound spillage between instruments. These studio stackers are portable and make it easy to travel to all of your recording and performing gigs. An affordable go-between addition to your studio.

ATS Acoustics’ Studio Stacker has a wide variety of fabric colors to choose from. You can choose the same color for both sides of your Studio Stacker or mix and match 2 different colors to suit your style and space. Additionally, the Studio Stacker has 3 frame finishes available: natural, unfinished birch wood, or painted black. If desired, you may apply your favorite paint, stain, or varnish to the unfinished version. Front and back panels are easily removable (six screws each) to facilitate finishing.

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ATS Acoustic Diffusers

The ATS Acoustic Diffuser is a precisely calculated Quadratic Residue Diffuser (QRD) designed to evenly scatter sound energy and help eliminate comb filtering and flutter echo. Absorption panels can control these problems as well, but can sometimes cause dead sound if too much absorption is used in the small room. Diffusion on the other hand, adds a sense of spaciousness and retains the room’s natural ambiance. Diffusers are most commonly used on the rear wall behind the listening position, but they can also be used at first reflection points on the walls or ceiling. At ATS Acoustics, our diffusers come with a professional installation kit that is included at no extra charge. This installation kit includes aluminum clips, screws, and anchors for neat and secure installation on drywall, concrete, or wood walls.

Diffusion is a popular, effective solution used in professional recording studios, listening rooms, and large auditoriums. ATS Acoustics offers diffusers in two different sizes to help fit in any space: 23”x23”x6.5” or 23”x48”x6.5”. The small square version is ideal for stacking, fitting into small spaces, and transporting with ease.

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ATS Acoustics Customer Spotlight: WildCard Brewing Company

Wildcard Brewing Co. opened its doors in November of 2012 with 4200 square feet of open warehouse space, a 20 gallon pilot system and a bare bones tasting room. By December of 2018, Wildcard Brewing Co. opened a tasting room in downtown Albany. This tasting room is the first of three tap rooms for Wildcard located outside of their production base in Shasta County.

Wildcard Brewing Company

The idea behind the name Wildcard is to pursue the unknown. Wildcard Brewing Company’s owners left stability for chaos, moved to England to learn the craft of beer making, and started a business in an uncertain economy, all in pursuit of a dream. You’d call them crazy, adventurous, unpredictable… a wildcard. Their story is one of the unexpected; a place where there are no limits, where perseverance and a free spirit will turn dreams into reality.

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How to Reduce Noise in a Restaurant

Every restaurant owner aspires to have a successful business that will result in a full house, however this may come as a double-edged sword. While having a full house is great business, it almost always entails a loud and un-enjoyable experience for the customers. People usually go out to eat to connect with others over a shared meal, but that can be hard when they can’t hear each other speak. Therefore, restaurant owners often turn to noise reducing products to mitigate this problem.

Unlike other noisy spaces such as a gymnasium, restaurants intentionally prefer to incorporate a sleek and attractive view for their space to create a certain ambiance. Because of this, the design and physical appearance of noise reducing products are taken into consideration. Whether a restaurant owner wants a product to be directly in the open or completely hidden, ATS Acoustics has a large selection of products that can fit the needs of any restaurant owner’s vision.

For a more classic look, our original acoustic panels will provide sound relief. The regular square or rectangle shape can give the space a clean, crisp, and organized atmosphere. Our selection of classic acoustic panels provide many options such as hardened edge acoustic panels, tackable acoustic panels, or even eco panels. ATS Acoustics can easily provide products for any space with our custom acoustic panels that can vary in any shape or size necessary for the project.

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Acoustic Baffles for Ceilings

Instead of attaching to a wall, like most acoustic panels, baffles are suspended from high ceilings. With a choice of plastic tie and screw mounts or a steel cable assembly, ATS Acoustics’ baffles will be hanging long after installation. They are built to last with their aluminum frame that sits just inside the fabric. With crisp square-edge lines that last, this design on’t look like bags or pillows over the course of time. They are often used in auditoriums, gyms, sports arenas, commercial/industrial buildings, and other large spaces. Sometimes baffles are a better choice than wall panels, because baffles leave the wall space free for a desired look or other uses. Baffles are also more efficient than wall panels because both sides of the baffle are open to the air and absorbing sound.

 

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At ATS Acoustics, customers have the choice between two different sizes of baffles: a 24” x 48” x 2” or a 12” x 48” x 2”. Additionally, these baffles have the choice of 27 different fabric colors, including original fabrics and Guilford of Maine fabrics. With our easy-to-read Baffle Installation Guide, you will have your baffle hanging in no time!

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How to Reduce Noise in Coffee Shops

Coffee Panels

Imagine the regular customers that come to your coffee shop. To the right, there are friends catching up after not seeing one another for years. There’s a study group in the corner discussing new theories for their test the next day. Across the room, a business person is writing emails on their laptop. Coffee shops can be busy places, and as a result, coffee shops can be noisy places.

Places like coffee shops would greatly benefit from the use of acoustic panels. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sound can be lost in the sea of noises around you. That’s why acoustics matter. Customers want to be able to think. They want to be able to discuss important issues. With acoustic panels, the variety of noises surrounding you can be dampened, reducing the echo in the room.

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Using White Noise for Privacy

Our ears are very sensitive. When it’s really quiet around us, we can usually make out words or details happening outside a typical room.

When you need privacy, or you want to prevent distraction, blocking all the sound coming through a wall is usually not feasible. Changing a wall to be highly soundproof is a construction project.

Taking some of that quiet away is another logical solution. White noise, such as the sound made by a fan or sleep noise machine, is a great way to take the quiet away, without adding a new distraction. White noise is just random sound. It contains no content, and at low to moderate volume it doesn’t register with our brains as a distraction.

SNOOZ White Noise Machine

Our favorite white noise source is the attractive, modern SNOOZ white noise machine. Its volume is adjustable over a wide range to find just the right level. It’s analog (an actual fan inside) so there’s no harsh or repeating digital signature. We sell it for $79.99 with free shipping to the continental US.

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Reverb 101: Room Reverberation and Better Listening Experiences

A great listening experience involves more than just high-quality audio equipment—the way sound moves around the room matters just as much. You don’t have to be an expert acoustician to create an impressive listening environment—just an understanding of some basic acoustic concepts will get you well on your way.

The Basics of Reverberation

Reverberation (or reverb) is important to think about when planning the acoustical treatments for your room. To define reverb, we first need to understand how sound travels from the source to your ear.

When sound is emitted, sound waves take off in every direction. Some waves will travel the straight path from the source to your ear, and the rest will bounce around the room, ricocheting off of hard surfaces until they reach your ear or lose steam and die out. You hear the unadulterated direct sound first—then you start hearing indirect sounds as they arrive. Given that sound travels roughly 770 miles per hour, this happens very fast, and your brain interprets all the copies of sound together as one. The ratio of direct and indirect sounds determines the sound quality.

That is where reverberation comes in. Reverberation is the collection of indirect sounds in an enclosed space. The more sound copies that pile up, the muddier the sound becomes.

How Does Reverberation Affect the Listening Experience?

When direct sound and reverberation combine in a favorable ratio, the sound is rich and full. The effect can bring music to life and even smooth out transitions between musical notes, creating a pleasant, desirable sound.

However, when the mix is off, you hear the unfavorable result: Too much reverb can degrade your listening experience because too many overlapping sounds reduce clarity and speech intelligibility. Sorting through the noise is a lot for our brains to work out and makes listening more fatiguing. So just reduce reverb completely, right? Not exactly. Too little reverb makes sound, especially music, sound dull and one-dimensional.

Fortunately, tools are available to help you create an awesome acoustic environment. The ATS Acoustics Free Online Room Analysis can simulate and display a report about reverb time in your room, with recommendations for treatment. Click here to start your free analysis

Reverberation Time and the RT60 Measurement

There are many environmental factors that contribute to reverberation, so to set a reproducible parameter, acousticians use reverberation time. Reverberation time is the length of time (in seconds) it takes for the original sound to decay by 60 decibels (approximately full-strength to background noise); this is known as the RT60 measurement.

RT60 represents the average decay rate of all the frequencies in a space. High frequency sounds (whistle or shrill voice) and low frequency sounds (bass drum or rumble) can have different reverberation times depending on the conditions in a room. For instance, in a typical home, low frequencies are absorbed by the flex of drywall, causing shorter reverb time; high frequencies reflect off the walls and keep circulating, creating a longer reverb time. On the other hand, in a concert hall with wood walls—which absorb high frequencies more than lows—the low frequencies have a longer reverb time.

Room size is also a factor. Larger rooms promote longer reverb times—the sound waves have farther to travel before reaching a reflective surface. This effect is one way we perceive space; a boomy or echoey atmosphere tells our brains that we are in a large, cavernous room. When the sound in a room is dull and flat, it’s an indication that we are in a confined space. That’s why listening to the way a room sounds can give you an idea of the size, even with your eyes closed.

Acousticians and audio specialists rely on RT60 to design acoustic treatments to optimize the listening experience.

One Reverb Time Does Not Fit All

The purpose of a room dictates the optimum reverberation time. For example, the ideal reverb time for a speech would make an orchestra sound dull and lifeless, while the ideal reverb time for an orchestra would make speech garbled.

Let’s take a look at some examples of optimum reverberation conditions in different applications:

  • Auditoriums are large rooms with a lot of hard surfaces that reflect sound waves. Longer reverb times are useful in large spaces to reduce the drop off of sound intensity, which occurs as the sound waves diminish as they travel longer distances. Ideally, there should be enough short reverb time so sound stays crisp and clean and enough long reverb time to create rich and lively sound.
  • Lecture-style classrooms work best with a medium reverb time. They need enough sound reflectivity to allow students in the back to hear, while keeping the reverb time low enough for clear, intelligible speech during lessons and discussion. A preschool classroom on the other hand will benefit from acoustical treatments that lower reverb time as much as practical, reducing the loudness and sharpness of sound from playful young students around the room.
  • Voice recording booths require short reverb times so only the clear, direct sound is recorded. Artificial reverb can be added to the recording later to achieve the desired effect.

Acoustic Treatments Optimize Sound Quality

Well-designed acoustic treatments can improve sound quality in any listening environment. Wall-mounted acoustic panels absorb sound waves so they don’t ricochet off the wall. This “flattens” the reverb response and cleans up noise in the environment. Although soft surfaces like curtains and carpet absorb high frequencies, they don’t absorb midrange and low frequencies, leaving you with an uneven, dull room tone. As a general rule, the thicker the material, the lower frequencies it absorbs.

The desire for high sound quality goes beyond a theater or recording booth. For example, in restaurants, good acoustics is just as important as good food. Many dining rooms are large with hard reflective surfaces everywhere. When you get a few conversations going, the reverberant noise can make it difficult to hear your companions or enjoy your meal. Savvy restaurant owners strategically place acoustic panels along the walls and ceilings to absorb the desired level of noise. Acoustic treatments can be manipulated to foster a lively, bustling setting or create a subdued, intimate atmosphere.

There are several types of acoustic treatments available to help optimize sound quality:

  • Acoustic panels—fabric-wrapped fiberglass or mineral wool panels that mount to the wall, absorb high and midrange frequencies
  • Acoustic baffles—similar to panels but are designed to hang from the ceiling, perfect for gyms, auditoriums, etc.
  • Acoustic bass traps—extra thick to absorb low frequencies, offered in corner traps, 4-inch panels, or portable stackers
  • Acoustic diffusers—scatter sound waves to create a sense of spaciousness, perfect for smaller rooms where too much absorption would dull the sound
  • Acoustic ceiling panels—fits standard ceiling grid panels to provide inconspicuous sound treatment, great for classrooms and offices

The experts at ATS Acoustics specialize in finding the right acoustic solutions for residential or commercial spaces. Get started by calling one of our knowledgeable staff at 866-787-7881, or take advantage of the ATS Acoustics Free Online Room Analysis—it simulates and displays a report about reverb time in your room, with recommendations for treatment. Click below to start your free analysis.