When and How to Use Noise Cancelling Foam

The tendency in many companies is to have open plan offices where employees can work in a collaborative manner and where teamwork is encouraged. Some of these offices may be extremely large, and one of the latest design trends is for an industrial look with exposed pipework, brick and concrete. Read More

Although all this may look great and make the best use of available space, the hard surfaces aren’t good for the acoustics of the place, causing sounds to bounce off the surfaces and echo around the room. In a busy office, this can cause a large amount of background noise that makes verbal communication difficult and also causes a reduction in concentration levels.

Improvements Possible in Multiple Areas

The situation’s even more critical in recording studios where good acoustics and a high sound quality are essential. Preventing sound from entering from outside can be achieved by good soundproofing while the quality of sound within the studio can be vastly improved by installing soft foam sheets that will absorb sound and prevent echo. It’s also useful in other locations, such as concert halls and theatres to improve sound quality and in hotel lounges to create a tranquil atmosphere and make announcements clearer.

Many recording studios and other locations used to improvise with mattresses and egg boxes fastened to the wall. However, these aren’t anywhere near as efficient as proper noise cancelling foam and don’t look very professional. And they certainly wouldn’t be acceptable in an open-plan office or other space that’s been designed to impress.

Direct sound travels straight from its source to someone’s ears and is the clearest sound that needs to be retained. Indirect sound, however, will bounce off various surfaces and so is relatively unclear, which is why it needs to be reduced or got rid of altogether. That’s where foam comes in because it will absorb sound to suppress echoes and make direct sound easier to hear.

The Benefits of Noise Cancelling Foam from The Foam Booth

To get the greatest benefit from the acoustic foam, you need to obtain the best and most suitable type. Sheets with multiple pyramid or wedge shapes are best for dealing with high frequency sound waves since they trap the sound within the valleys, and so reduce it. Lower frequencies have fewer and flatter sound waves and require thicker blocks to counter them.

You can, of course, have a combination of sheets to deal with different sounds and, when the appearance of a room is important, can mix absorbent with hard areas to improve the sound without ruining the décor. Our foam is available in a variety of styles that look attractive as well as being effective so you can choose, with our help, the ones that are best for you.

Installing acoustic foam will enable you to meet your health and safety obligations in terms of exposure to noise. All our foam meets fire safety regulations and is manufactured to the very highest standards. You can, therefore, buy safe in the knowledge that you have the best chance of achieving the level and clarity of sound you require.

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