Lights, Camera, Action: Noise Block Solutions for the Television Industry

Lights, Camera, Action: Noise Block Solutions for the Television Industry

Television studios are carefully designed to incorporate the right lighting, backdrops, and soundproofing to produce a high-quality finished product. The soundproofing aspect of the design is crucial because the audio is such an essential piece of the product. Grainy sound quality, disruption from outside noise, and echoing can all seriously impact sound quality, as well as distract the people who are working in the studio. If this happens, your studio could be left with something unusable, which means pouring money into reshoots.

What kinds of noise does a TV studio need to worry about, and how do acoustic management solutions come into the picture?

Acoustic Challenges in the TV Studio
TV studios need precise quiet to capture quality audio. Noise Criteria (NC) value is used to understand the noise floor of the studio, which determines the level of undesirable noise. A rating of NC-20 or above typically means the environment is not ideal for recording audio, according to TV Technology.

Common issues that result in unwanted noise include:


    • Location. While some studios are purpose-built, others operate out of repurposed spaces. In the latter, ambient noise from outside of the studio can become an issue. For example, many studios operate in buildings with other businesses, which can mean external noise.

    • Equipment. Studios, particularly studios that host live broadcasts, require specific types of lighting that can quickly cause the temperature of the space to rise. In turn, the studio needs air conditioning to keep the temperature manageable, according to TV Technology. Depending on the studio and its purpose, standard air conditioning can create noise that interferes with sound quality.

    • Sound reflection. Sound will reflect off of the different surfaces in your studio and sometimes pose acoustical challenges. This reflection can lead to reverberation and even echoing. The shape of the room and the material of its surfaces can mitigate or exacerbate this challenge.

Solutions for the TV Industry
While big-budget studios may be able to afford redesigns to solve unwanted noise issues, this is not the only avenue. TV studios can also use a variety of different sound barriers to absorb sound and get the room’s noise level where it needs to be for production and broadcasting.

        • Studio curtains. Acoustic curtains by AmCraft Manufacturing, available in single and double barrier technology, can be hung on a track system, creating an enclosed space that dampens and absorbs unwanted sound (from another business in the building, for example). Although several material options are available, TV studio curtains frequently opt to choose fabric to provide maximum sound absorption. Cloth curtains are often used in theaters and music studios, translating well to the needs of television.

          Typically, the soft side of the curtain is hung facing the noise it is designed to absorb, while the hard surface of the curtain faces the area that needs protection from noise. TV studios have the option to customize the curtain fabric on the absorbing side (solid PVC coated polyester, mesh PVC coated, or cloth), depending on their needs.

        • Panels. Studios can also mount wall panels, a stationary solution, to improve acoustics. Acoustic panels can help reduce noise related to equipment used in television production, according to TV Technology.

        • Baffles. Television studios often need to manage sound coming from multiple different angles (equipment in different places, sound coming from outside the studio, and noise from people working in the studio). Baffles, strategically placed on the wall, ceiling, and as free-hanging barriers, can effectively dampen sound to help ensure the audio being recorded is not suffering from competing sound.

If your television studio needs help improving its acoustics, AmCraft Manufacturing offers a wide range of curtains, panels, and baffles solutions to meet your sound management needs. The show must go on and we are here to help. Contact us today!

4 Ways to Manage the Acoustics in Your Restaurant

4 Ways to Manage the Acoustics in Your Restaurant

Restaurants are designed to create a specific experience for diners. A great deal of thought goes into the menu and interior décor of a restaurant, but acoustics play an equally important role in the overall quality of a restaurant experience. Patrons want to hear one another and enjoy the social element of dining out, as well as the food. How can restaurant owners effectively manage the acoustics of their space?

The Challenge

Restaurants are inherently noisy places and restaurant noise reduction is a major concern for many restaurateurs. They are filled with the sound of people talking and laughing, music, clinking glasses, scraping cutlery, and busy staff members. Restaurants are sometimes designed with an aesthetic that results in poor acoustic management. Exposed brick walls and high industrial ceilings are striking, but they create a noisy and potentially disruptive atmosphere.

The Solution

Restaurants do not need to compromise on aesthetics to create a better acoustic experience. Instead, restaurateurs can turn to effective acoustic solutions, including baffles, panels, and curtains.

Acoustic baffles are one the most versatile options for restaurants because they can be made with a variety of different materials and colors. Hung from the ceiling or strategically placed on different walls, baffles do not have to interfere with a restaurant’s visual aesthetics. They can match the color scheme and offer an unobtrusive solution to common acoustic challenges.

Acoustics Solution Applications

Here are four different ways restaurants can effectively use acoustic management solutions to achieve restaurant noise reduction.

The main space. The main dining room (or rooms) is the most important part of customer experience. Ceiling baffles can trap and reduce sound between the dining room’s ceiling and the baffle. Convex wall baffles have a curved surface that provides a large surface area for absorbing sound from multiple angles, which is helpful in a large, noise-filled restaurant. Flat wall baffles are a good tool for reducing the echo of multiple conversations, which is a common issue in large, open dining spaces. Free-hanging baffles offer a flexible solution to acoustics management because they can be hung close to various sources of noise, such as the entrance to the kitchen.

Private event rooms. Large restaurants often have private event rooms for large parties, such as rehearsal dinners, birthdays, and graduation celebrations. Patrons paying for a private experience do not want to be bothered by the noise from the main dining room. Likewise, the sound of private events should not escape out into the rest of the restaurant. Baffles can be used in these spaces, just as they are employed in the main dining room. Additionally, acoustic panels, a stationary option, can line the walls of a private event room to completely contain sound. Panels can even be covered with different types of fabric to match the aesthetics of the room.

The kitchen. Kitchen restaurants are extremely busy and loud. Chefs are preparing multiple meals at once, and staff members are constantly in and out of the area. Properly managing acoustics here helps protect employees from excessive noise and ensures diners are not disturbed by the sound of their food being prepared. Restaurant kitchens can benefit from acoustic curtains can hang on mounted track to help make the kitchen into an acoustic enclosure. The curtains can also be configured with window panels and door cut outs for easy staff access.

Administrative areas. Much of the restaurant business goes on behind the scenes. Owners often conduct administrative work on-site in an office, but the noise of the dining area and kitchen can be a distraction. Acoustic panels and curtains can be used in the office to dampen noise from the rest of the restaurant.

If you are opening a new restaurant or looking for ways to manage the sound of an existing restaurant, acoustic solutions are a useful tool. Learn more about the different options that could work in your space and get a quote.

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Acoustic Curtains and Industrial Applications

Acoustic Curtains and Industrial Applications

Industrial workplaces are inherently noisy. Machinery is running all day long to produce goods, and workers are using forklifts to move material. High levels of noise can lead to workplace accidents, distraction, and even hearing loss for the people working in these environments. Industrial workplaces of all kinds can manage noise levels with the help of acoustic curtains

Industrial Noise

Approximately 22 million people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace each year, and nearly half of manufacturing workers have been exposed to dangerous noise levels. There are a number of ways to reduce exposure to high noise levels. Workers can wear ear plugs; employers can invest in quieter machinery; and workplaces can strategically place barriers between workers and the sources of high noise levels. The reduction of a few decibels can go a long way toward protecting employees in industrial settings.

Acoustic Solutions

Acoustic curtains can serve as that barrier between employees and high levels of noise.  Industrial acoustic curtains designed specifically for industrial applications are made of solid PVC coated polyester, which is durable and easy to clean.

Industrial workplaces can opt for different acoustic curtain solutions depending on their needs. Acoustic curtains with Single Barrier Technology and Double Barrier Technology can be mounted on a track system and configured to fit the needs of various industrial spaces. The curtains can create an enclosure for the noisiest equipment, or they can create an enclosed, quieter space for employees to take a break.

Acoustic curtain walls with single barrier technology have an average sound transmission coefficient (STC) of 34.5 and an average noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 0.82. The acoustic curtain walls with double barrier technology offer an even higher decibel loss with an average STC of 47.5 and an average NRC or 0.64.

Industrial workplaces can also use acoustic baffles as a standalone solution or in conjunction with acoustic curtain walls. Baffles are designed to be mounted on walls and ceilings. Acoustic baffles absorb sound and minimize echoing within a space.

Putting Acoustic Curtains to Work

 How can acoustic curtains and baffles be used in various industrial settings?

  • Construction sites. Construction sites are full of the competing noise of tools and forklifts as material is torn down and various elements of the project are built. Acoustic curtain walls can be strategically placed around the work site to manage the sound of different tools. For example, a room that is undergoing demolition can be enclosed with an acoustic industrial curtain wall until the work is finished.Acoustic curtain walls can even have doorway panels and windows to make access to the enclosed space easy for members of the crew coming and going.
  • Warehouses. Warehouses may simply be used as industrial storage facilities, but that does not mean they are safe from noise. The warehouse goods need to be moved for storage and transport, which means heavy duty equipment and big teams of people. Acoustic curtain walls can effectively divide warehouses into different sections, reducing noise. Acoustic baffles can add another layer of sound management, particularly helpful in large warehouse spaces that are likely to have echoing sound.
  • Manufacturing facilities. The manufacture of goods is a major industrial process that involves noise all day long. Acoustic baffles can be hung from walls and ceilings to reduce echoes in large manufacturing facilities. Acoustic curtain walls can be used to create quieter spaces in the facility. For example, administrative areas and break areas could benefit from the sound barrier provided by acoustic curtain walls.

Learn more about industrial acoustic noise blocking and sound absorbing solutions and request a quote to get started on improved sound management.

Theaters, Dance Studios, and More: How Acoustic Solutions Can Help Entertainment Venues

Theaters, Dance Studios, and More: How Acoustic Solutions Can Help Entertainment Venues

Theaters built with acoustics in mind date back to ancient Greece and Rome. These large performance spaces, often in the form of outdoor amphitheaters, could accommodate thousands of spectators. And thanks to the design of these spaces, everyone could hear what was happening on stage.

Today, acoustics are just as important in modern entertainment venues. Whether a theater, a dance studio, or a sports arena, the audience wants to be able to hear what is happening. Entertainment venues today have the same challenges as ancient venues, but they have the benefit of modern acoustic solutions.

Acoustic Challenges

Large entertainment venues have challenges such as reverberation and echoes. The structure of the venue, such as the seats and a stage, will absorb some of the reverberating sound but not all. Strategically placing absorptive materials in the theater or venue helps to reduce reverberation time. This can also help to cut down on the echoing effect caused by sound bouncing off of different surfaces.

Acoustic Solutions

How can acoustic solutions help solve these common entertainment venue challenges?

  • Acoustic baffles. Acoustic baffles are a versatile solution that can be placed virtually anywhere in an entertainment venue. This solution comes in a variety of configurations: ceiling, convex wall, flat wall, and free hanging. Made of absorptive material, baffles can line the back walls of an entertainment venue to cut down on reverberation time. Baffles can also be effectively used on a venue’s balconies to manage acoustics.

The main purpose of baffles is to assist with absorbing echoes. They take the sound that hits them and pulls it in to absorb it. Depending on which baffle type is chosen, they can even absorb echo from a variety of angles in one go.

Acoustic baffles are also frequently used in dance studios and athletic facilities. For example, ceiling baffles may be hung in a studio space or a gym – taking up no space that could otherwise be used for physical activity. Plus, these baffles can be hung close to the source of noise.

  • Custom acoustic solutions. Every entertainment venue has different needs, which is why we offer customer solutions. For example, we can create large acoustic baffles that essentially combine a curtain’s construction with a baffles absorbing properties. A solution like this can be used to effectively line the walls of a theater from top to bottom. The front of these curtains, or any acoustic curtain really, can be made with an acoustic fabric, allowing as much sound to pass through it and be absorbed inside the layers of the curtain as possible.

We have also custom designed curtains that feature sound absorbing material on both sides. Curtains like these can create effective divisions of space in dance studios and other athletic facilities that have multiple events and activities happening simultaneously.

Learn more about these different acoustic solutions and get a quote for the option that will work best for your entertainment venue.

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