Sound and noise can affect us in a positive or negative way. Great acoustics can make us more attentive, productive and, in general, help us enjoy life more.
Sound is always around us, and it can dictate our feelings and actions. It affects our breathing, heart rate, and our brainwaves. Remember how you felt when you heard your alarm this morning, or while listening to music in your car?
To understand a room’s acoustics, it’s important to find out how sound travels. So, silence the noise in your mind, sit back, relax and discover how to improve your room’s acoustic performance.
Sound is on wheels - how does sound travel in a room?
Sound waves are mechanical vibrations that are transmitted through a medium such as air and water. They are reflected, absorbed, transmitted and diffused. Why do you think singing in the shower sounds better than singing in your bedroom?
In your bathroom, you have either hard or smooth surfaces that reflect sound waves. On the other hand, in your bedroom, there are a lot of soft materials, such as your bed, which absorb sound.
In offices, all different kind of materials, constructions and finishes, such as walls, suspended ceilings and flooring absorb or reflect sound. Additionally, desks, office cabinets, and plants are all good at diffusing sound.
Look around - how sound is your room? You might need to improve the acoustic design of this space. If so, you’ll need to understand the role of acoustics before you begin.