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Acoustiblok® Provides Perfect Sound Aesthetics at Venezuelan Center

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 @ 10:26 AM

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Acoustiblok® sound abatement material was chosen to provide state-of-the-art acoustical balance in the musicians’ rehearsal studios at the Center for Social Action Through Music Center in Caracas, Venezuela.

Acoustiblok was installed within the wall surfaces, floors and ceilings of the practice rooms within the orchestral center, which is divided into two main zones: the northern zone, where the academic activities are developed, and the southern zone, which consists of the Simón Bolívar Concert Hall with a seating capacity of 1,100. The southern zone is also composed of  the Concert Hall No. 2, with a seating capacity of 400, and a range of rehearsal rooms, recording studios and music workshops.

The Center is an eleven-story building designed by Venezuelan architect Tomás Lugo that also includes libraries, an outdoor acoustic shell, recording rooms, changing rooms, cafés, and administrative offices.

Consultants for the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV) chose Acoustiblok for its proven ability to effective reduce sound transmission. Installing Acoustiblok in walls, floors, and ceilings increases the decibel reduction through a thermodynamic process called “adiabatic isothermal conversion" whereby Acoustiblok is engineered to transform acoustic energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves.

Another benefit of Acoustiblok treatment is the improved definition in room bass response. This is due largely to the damping and slightly rigid characteristics of Acoustiblok that are added to all treated surfaces, resulting in clearer and tighter bass performance. The results are the kind of acoustical perfection necessary for a facility of this magnitude

The Center for Social Action Through Music was created by the FESNOJIV and financed by the National Housing Institute of Venezuela and the Inter-American Development Bank for the purpose of developing music academic programs and training courses for orchestral conductors, performers and music professionals.

FESNOJIV seeks to improve the lives of Venezuela’s low-income youth by offering artistic and intellectual opportunities to which they normally would not be exposed.

While Caracas is home to most of Venezuela’s youth and children’s orchestras, the foundation has nationwide reach, incorporating nearly 250,000 children in both rural and urban areas in each of the country’s 24 states. Venezuela has 125 youth orchestras, 57 children’s orchestras and 30 adult professional symphony orchestras, in addition to a vast network of núcleos, or music schools, located throughout the country.

Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible.

One thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok’s noise solution products are backed with hard science and certified, independent laboratory test results. The acoustical laboratory at Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania recorded an astounding Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 85 for a concrete block and metal stud wall design configuration that included Acoustiblok, which translates to a perceived volume reduction of 99-percent to human hearing. To find out more about the Acoustiblok Noise Reduction products, contact us at 813-980-1400, e-mail us at [email protected], or visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com.

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Tags: sound proofing, Acoustiblok, soundproof, sound abatement, acoustical balance, music studio, rehearsal studio, sound deadening, sound dampening, recording studios, music workshops, international

Acoustiblok® Quiets Ireland’s Renowned Paint Hall Studio In Belfast

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 @ 04:25 PM

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Acoustiblok sound abatement material was used to seal noise leaks in the massive doors of the historic film studio, in time to begin shooting "City of Ember," starring Natalie Portman and Bill Murray.

Belfast, Northern Ireland -- Belfast’s Paint Hall Studio, Europe’s largest film studio located in the historically renowned Titanic Quarter of the city needed to dramatically reduce outside noise pollution from entering its massive sets in time for its biggest
film production to date.

The pressure was on to find a solution to the ambient noise from nearby construction, heavy traffic from a main road, and overhead aircraft infiltrating the massive 31,000 m³ (1,094,755 cubic ft.) structure.

Before it was a film studio, Paint Hall was part of Belfast’s historic Harland & Wolff Shipyards, where the Titanic and other ships were built. Ship Hall was used for painting huge portions of ships in climate-controlled conditions.

While the studio’s double skinned cell construction combats general noise pollution on set, the building’s massive 75ft (23m) doors were found to be leaking sound.

These problems needed to be corrected before filming could start on a new project, a joint Universal Pictures/Northern Ireland production starring Natalie Portman, and the result had to be effective enough to satisfy the sensitive microphones used in
filmmaking, which easily pick up background sound.

Consultants from Acoustiblok UK Ltd conducted a site visit and compiled a comprehensive report identifying the building’s acoustical weaknesses and vulnerabilities, then devised a workable solution to meet the producers’ schedule.

They advised lining the building’s eight colossal doors, (large enough to have once accommodated ships) with Acoustiblok® 1660 3mm, a superior sound isolation material with an average noise reduction of 26 decibels (dB). Acoustiblok, which has
also been installed at both Pinewood and Leavesden studios in the UK, was installed by the filmmakers under the close supervision of the Acoustiblok team.

Vast cavities within each door were first filled with an open cell fibre. Acoustiblok membrane was then attached to steel supports within the doors and secured with resilient channels. The steel structure was also treated with Thermablok® aerogel insulation material to increase acoustical dampening, and to address transmission loss properties. New corrugated facing panels were installed as an external finish.

Brian Martin, a technician with Muldiss Darton Productions of the UK, said that producers were hard pressed to find a workable solution to the noise problemnoise problem that could be in place before scheduled filming began.

“This new project represents the biggest film yet for the Paint Hall studios, and we needed the best possible sound abatement material installed in a very short period of time,” Martin said. “It’s crucial that we have perfect sound conditions for filming and
recording, as the microphones used are highly sensitive and can pick up every single sound in the background.

Acoustiblok responded quickly to our deadlines, and their sound isolation material worked exceptionally well, especially considering the large scale of this facility.”

Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8” (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. While other manufacturers of sound proofing materials attempt to stop or absorb sound, Acoustiblok has resolved the problem in a vastly different way.

Through a unique thermodynamic process, Acoustiblok is engineered to transform sound energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves.
One thin layer of Acoustiblok in a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction, and provide more privacy, than 12” (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok backs its claims with hard science and certified independent laboratory test results. The acoustical laboratory at Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, recorded an astounding Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 85 for a concrete block and metal stud wall design configuration that included Acoustiblok, a noise reduction of 99-percent to human hearing.

Ultimately, the installation of Acoustiblok to the Paint Hall studios has made it an extremely desirable venue for attracting future big budget films.

Paint Hall is not the first major film studio to install Acoustiblok for perfect sound quality. The UK’s Pinewood and Leavesden studios are also treated with Acoustiblok, setting the stage for some major blockbusters including the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and James Bond movies. For more information, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 813-980.1400.

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PRESS RELEASE
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Ernst
[email protected]
813.980.1400 x 210

Tags: neighborhood noise, noise management, Noise pollution, noise abatement, noise control, Acoustiblok, international