How much absorption material is necessary for an effective room acoustics treatment? It’s a fair question to ask before starting a sound improvement project. Though there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, we can offer some guidelines and considerations for obtaining the right sound.
The right amount of absorption for a room acoustics treatment depends on four main and related variables:
• intended use of the room and the sound source;
• room size, including ceiling height;
• materials in the room, including furnishings and wall, floor, and ceiling type; and
• the type of absorption used.
Start by defining success: Does the room sound need to be only lightly corrected, or does the room construction or purpose demand serious sound deadening?
As a general rule, a moderate percentage of “live” (untreated) space is preferred—without it, a room sounds flat and lifeless. Use the following wall coverage percentages as a starting point for your room acoustics treatment (assuming absorption products rated .65 to 1.0 NRC - Noise Reduction Coefficient
• Light absorption (5 to 25 percent coverage)
—is appropriate for live recording or listening rooms, offices, conference rooms and rooms where people gather and converse.
• Moderate absorption (25 to 50 percent coverage)
—suits listening and control rooms that typically feature more subdued music, as well as larger business spaces. Moderate absorption of around 50 percent is a good estimate for many home theaters.
• Heavy absorption (50 to 100 percent coverage)
—suits drum rooms, music practice space, rooms that handle high-energy music. Vocal booths and recording isolation booths require the most absorption.
It’s impossible to give a precise percentage without analyzing each unique space. The amount of absorption necessary as a room acoustics treatment will vary significantly based on size, furnishings, and construction materials, so consider those elements carefully. For example, a larger room may require more absorptive material, carpeted floors and soft furnishings absorb sound and therefore will decrease the amount of additional absorption material needed
, and paneled walls or large amounts of glass may significantly increase the necessary treatment.
We offer a free and personalized room analysis form
that you can use to submit information about your space, and one of our
acoustics specialists will review your information and contact you with
advice tailored to your specific needs. If your application is for a particularly large space or is a commercial application, use our large/commercial room analysis
Also bear in mind that some sound absorbers have a higher noise reduction coefficient (NRC) than others, and the right amount depends on the level of absorption required, the aesthetic needs of the space, and the budget. Audimute offers three distinct absorption products to meet any need: sheets, wall coverings, and panels. Panels
, our most decorative and effective option, rate a 1.0 NRC, while the less-expensive wall coverings
rate a still impressive .75 NRC and sheets
There’s a lot to consider when deciding on a room acoustics treatment, so don’t go it alone. Contact Audimute at 866-505-MUTE (6883) or chat (using our link on the left side of this page) with a professional on this site for more information on how our sound absorption products can work for you.
GO GREEN with Audimute sound absorbing drapery material
Not only do Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets offer outstanding acoustic performance, but they are also manufactured from recycled cotton natural fibers, reducing landfill waste.
Audimute's inexpensive sound absorbtion material is safe and non-toxic.So why choose man-made fiberglass, dubbed as the next asbestos by many?
Exposure to airborne fiberglass particles or direct contact with the product can cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation and itching. Coughing is also a reaction to inhaled fibers. What’s more, fiberglass is considered to be a probable carcinogen by National Institutes of Health. Fiberglass product packages display cancer warning labels unlike Audimute's cotton inexpensive sound absorbtion material that do not require this warning.
These labels are required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) based on determinations made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP).Be good to yourself and your environment, choose Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets, the natural and safe acoustic solution, a better alternative to fiberglass.
What's the difference between Absorption Sheets and a Moving Blanket? Click to find out.
Audimute Natural Sound Absorbing Drapery :
Fiberglass Sound Absorption :
- Naturally made from recyclables, no harmful man-made fibers (wool, polyester blend)
- Safe for all applications, Non-irritating alternative to fiberglass
- Difficult to handle, May irritate skin upon contact
high Noise Reduction Coefficient that makes it more effective than
fiberglass in controlling air borne sound transmission
- Lower Noise Reduction Coefficient, less effective than natural solution
- Helps reduce landfill waste, consumes less energy
- Consumes more energy to manufacture
Compare Audimute Natural Acoustic Solutions to Foam Products
NRC Ratings for Inexpensive Sound Absorbtion Material:
| Material|| NRC|
Audimute Sound Absorption Sheets
Sound Absorbing Carpet with or without padding
Polyurethane Foam (1" thick)
Auralex 1" Studio Foam Wedge
Sound Absorbing Drapery, light weight
Sound Absorbing Drapery, medium weight
Sound Absorbing Drapery, heavy weight
Compare Us and See:
Audimute Sound Absorbing Drapery Material has an impressive "Sound Absorption Average - SAA" or "Noise Reduction Coefficient - NRC" of 0.65. Audimute Sound Absorbing Drapery Sheets simply outperform any other inexpensive sound absorbtion material.