Village Halls, Community Centres, Restaurants, Offices, Studios…

Noise problems are widely experienced in many places where people meet socially such as in clubhouses and restaurants, where musicians perform and audiences listen to music – all places where poor acoustics can lead to a disappointing experience, difficulty in listening, or disturbed concentration. And offices are not exempt from the same type of problems.

Your space may be too “live” or the exact opposite; you may desire sound isolation for the music room, or perhaps you need help with the design and construction of music practice rooms or recording studios.

We work with a commerical partner to help you to create your ideal environment, for both new projects and within the fabric of existing constructions to provide functional and aesthetically sympathetic designs.

Improving the acoustic performance of a space

After a sound, such as the beat of a drum, has ended at the source it will continue to reflect off surfaces until the sound wave loses energy by absorption to eventually die out. Measuring the Reverberation Time (RT) is part of the initial assessment which depends on room dimensions and the absorptive properties of its surfaces and contents. Reverberation has an important impact on speech intelligibility.

The absorption properties of a material to convert sound energy into heat thereby reducing the amount of sound energy that can be reflected can be expressed as a coefficient. Room surfaces will have Absorption Coefficients between 0 and 1 where 0 reflects all sound and 1 absorbs all sound.

Black Cat Acoustics works with a commercial partner who will measure these properties to form a site assessment, from which the amount and correct positioning of absorptive treatments can be advised. We can offer a range of acoustic products including wall and ceiling treatments, windows, doors and floors. The appropriate products are recommended for both acoustic performance and to be aesthetically sympathetic to the style of the room.

Reducing sound transmission problems

Noise intrusion arises from a number of factors broadly related to the structure of the building and the source, volume and location of the sound that is causing the intrusion. A site survey will determine the causes and transmission paths which can be quite varied and include thin party walls, the void in suspended ceilings, single glazed windows, hollow doors and floors in a room above. Our aim at Black Cat Acoustics is to help you find the most practical and cost effective treatment to solve your sound transmission problem.

Contact Black Cat Acoustics to request a site survey.