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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Cool Hacks Using Industrial Spray Booth Curtains

Working in an auto body shop requires having a versatile workspace to accommodate the various day-to-day functions of caring for a single vehicle or an entire fleet. The challenge is to somehow create isolated work areas within the shop that enables specific tasks to be performed without compromising the work being completed in other areas. Just the simple concept of moving a given vehicle in a crowded auto body shop make a great case for an industrial curtain wall or paint and spray booth Curtains. Permanent walls fail to provide the flexibility needed, which makes industrial curtain walls an ideal solution.

Auto Body Industrial Spray Booth Curtain

Industrial spray booth curtains elude to their ability to be used as an enclosure to contain paint over-spray. However this curtain wall is truly a chameleon as it can take on the multi-functional needs of most auto body shop operations. Here are cool hacks that auto body shop owners can use right now with an industrial spray booth curtain.

Retractable Paint Booth Curtain

Work space is a huge asset in any facility. One main challenge you may be facing when dividing space within an auto body shop, may be that you need certain spaces to support multiple functions. If you put a wall into your shop, but at a later time wish you could take it down in order to open up that area for another function, you may end up undoing all the work you just did to divide the area up. Auto body shop curtains can be retractable, so that they can be pulled out to divide space, or tucked away to open up the area as needed. This provides a very flexible and versatile way to divide your auto body shop, without committing to separating the space on a permanent basis.

Dust-Free Work Zone

Many operations in an auto body facility require an environment that is dust-free. Paint work is a prime example of this. It is important to keep the areas where painting is going on as dustless as possible, in order to ensure that the finish on the automobile is smooth and even. Industrial spray booth curtains are a cost effective and painless option for this type of space division. In addition to the industrial spray booth curtain itself, there are options that can be added on to make the curtain more air tight, such as a floor sweep, a valance, a filler panel, and Velcro sealed side edges. These options, along with the spray booth curtain itself, will keep a vast majority of dust out of your work area.

Wash Bay Stalls

A popular function in any auto shop is washing down vehicles or equipment. Anyone who has done this knows that the water and over-spray has a tendency to spread throughout the entire shop. Industrial spray booth curtains are an efficient, cost effective way to contain the wash bay area and keep the mist from this application from spreading throughout adjacent areas of your facility. Additionally, as highlighted in the retractable paint booth curtain section, the spray booth curtains can be moved into place when wash down occurs, and retracted back when they are not needed.

Metal and Fabrication Area

The use of aluminum to make more parts on newer vehicles, while certain parts and older vehicles are still fabricated with steel, has spurred the need for better division within metal work areas. If particulate from aluminum fabrication mixes with particulate from steel fabrication, the results can be hazardous, and in certain circumstances, combustible. Auto body shop curtains are a great fit for dividing fabrication areas up.

Industrial spray booth curtains go beyond paint over-spray and can be adapted to accommodate the multi-faceted functions required of auto body shops. With the right configuration and accessories, the spray both curtains can transform a large work space into separate designated areas designed to meet the performance requirements of that particular work zone – whether it’s a dust free environment, wash bay stall or metal and fabrication area.

Learn more about multipurpose industrial spray booth curtain wall systems and the versatility they can add to your auto body shop. Contact us today here at AmCraft Manufacturing to learn more.