Educational applications typically present two very simple problems to solve with acoustical  materials.

  1. Excessive Reverberation (echo). This is due to hard reflective surfaces and/or high open ceilings found in gymnasiums, band halls, cafeterias, and most classrooms. This affects speech intelligibility and causes a myriad of acoustical challenges. Case Studies conducted “by people who are smarter than us… and do things like this for a living,” have shown that up to one-third of students have trouble understanding teachers in classroom settings due to poor speech intelligibility. This is simply caused by excessive reverberation (echo) within the space. A very, very simple problem to solve! AMS recommends absorption materials such as AMS Acoustical Wall Panels, AMS EconoLine Acoustical Wall Panels, AMS Acoustical Ceiling Tiles, AMS Acoustical Baffles, or AMS Acoustical Banners. The layout of the room and application will dictate what materials would be best to use in each specific use case.
  2. Noise Transfer or Noise Flanking. Privacy issues or unwanted noise escaping into adjoining classrooms is almost always present in school settings and typically is not a good thing. This phenomenon is usually due to drywall not going to the ceiling deck and stopping at the drop-tile ceiling grid, demising walls that are poorly constructed, or gaps under doors. Did you know a 1% gap allows 50% of the noise to escape? True story! These issues are not solved with absorbers. You must use mass or seal the gaps. AMS Barrier Ceiling Tiles, AMS Barrier Ceiling Tiles Covers, Mass Loaded Vinyl barrier with two layers of drywall, or Acoustical Door Seal Kits are the correct acoustical solutions to properly treat the issue. You don’t always need all of these materials…but you might.
  • Classrooms
  • Cafeterias
  • Gymnasiums
  • Auditoriums
  • Band Halls
  • Performance Halls

Why should you reach out to Acoustic Material Supply and skip the internet?  We have found this to be akin to a deep-space black hole, and quite frankly very comical. The information found here is outright ludicrous in most instances! Ever try to diagnose a sore throat by getting on the internet? Well of course you have! By the time you are finished, you are pretty sure you are dying of throat cancer.

Take our word for it, trying to figure out your acoustical issues and what materials to use on the internet is a web of deception that you need not waste your time with.

A much better idea is to speak with someone who specializes in the field of acoustics. No?

Acoustics professionals are trained in areas such as noise transfer, reverberation, and other acoustical issues.

Here at Acoustic Material Supply we truly want to help solve your acoustic problems, and it’s not rocket surgery for us. A few pictures and some dimensions are all we need. We will make acoustical material recommendations that will help mitigate your noise and sound control issues and save you time and money doing so.

Save yourself some mental anguish and request information here or call Acoustic Material Supply.