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Acoustiblok Creates Damped, Expandable Acoustical Envelope in New York ITB Recording Studio

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 08:18 AM

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MEDFORD, New York, May 2, 2012 – Acoustiblok noise abatement material was installed in the nearly completed Artist Workshop Studios recording facility, an in-the-box (ITB) studio designed and built by Artist Workshop Studios owner Tom Donofrio.  Acoustiblok was chosen to provide a sound barrier for the small, 12 foot x 12 foot basement studio that could drop decibels levels within the space and provide a neutral acoustical environment for recording.

Donofrio, an electrical engineer, and musician who has built recording studios in the past using different sound deadening materials, chose Acoustiblok for his newest project after consulting with Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc., because of its sound damping and noise blocking qualities, as well as its thin, flexible structure that adds no volume to walls within the studio space. Attached to the studs before drywall is hung, Acoustiblok performs without the need to add layers of rigid drywall or modified drywall, a method Donofrio used in the past with mixed results and significant floor space reduction.

“I was looking for a product that would lower the decibels in the studio without taking up any additional space,” Donofrio said. “I was able to achieve the neutral acoustics desired in the space, which makes me extremely happy.

“I didn’t want a sound quality that was too dead or too live, so the Acoustiblok turned out to be an excellent choice.”

Donofrio and a friend were able to hang the 3mm Acoustiblok on the newly framed stud walls within the studio space, including cutouts around a window and electric sockets, and seal the seams according to installation recommendations, all in less than four hours.

The Artist Workshop Studios recording space was built for Donofrio to indulge his own talents as an acoustical guitarist and vocalist, and to be made available to artists on a budget who need an affordable studio with high quality production equipment and the expertise of a seasoned technician to record a song or album.

“Acoustiblok is a perfect choice for establishing sound quality within a sound recording studio like this one,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Unlike additional drywall or other solid rigid materials used for sound reduction, the 1/8-inch heavy, limp Acoustiblok allows the room to be a damped, expandable acoustical envelope. As such, a studio or home theater has less reflection and actually sounds significantly better.”

For more information, visit the Acoustiblok website or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

About Acoustiblok:   

Acoustiblok, Inc., a NASA spin-off company, has been providing high quality noise abatement products since 1998, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into immeasurable trace amounts of heat (adiabatic).

Just one, 1/8-inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall can result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified in the US and Canada (CUL) for virtually all wall, floor, and ceiling installations.

For more information, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.


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Acoustiblok Wallcover Used Used in A/V Recording Room at Hillsborough Community College

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 04:13 PM

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Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed in a classroom on the HCC campus, converting the room to a soundproof recording studio without removing drywall. Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed directly on top of the existing drywall, making it a no-construction soundproofing project that was completed in two days.

 

TAMPA, Florida, September 12, 2011 – Faced with the need to create a soundproof environment for sensitive audio and video recording projects, officials at Hillsborough Community College’s Corporate Training Center on Davis Islands transformed a small classroom into a soundproof recording studio by installing Acoustiblok Wallcover® on top of the existing drywall.

The HCC recording studio, which took less than two days to complete, marked the first-ever commercial application of Acoustiblok-Wallcover.

Acoustiblok-Wallcover is the first scientifically designed noise reduction solution available that is applied directly on top of existing wall surfaces (including concrete). It installs easily with adhesive spray and requires just two or three people to align and hang it properly, making it a perfect DIY project for silencing any room.

Years in the making, Acoustiblok Wallcover incorporates a unique aerospace nanotechnology laminate which provides the acoustical breakthrough needed for this type of application.

The recording room is used for creating e-learning materials for the Hillsborough Community College faculty and staff, according to HCC Technical Specialist Steve Barry.

“We record video and audio, and create multimedia components to use in lessons,” Barry said.

“Some of the work we do is for corporate clients. We have boom mics, a high-definition video camera, professional lighting, and a souped-up high-end PC to create professional multimedia audio and video interactive presentations.”

The equipment is also used to conduct live webinars for the HCC community and for open-enrollment students.

Two HCC maintenance staff members attached the Acoustiblok Wallcover material to the room’s four walls using spray adhesive. A simple box cutter was used to create cutouts for electrical sockets and light switch panels. Each section was aligned directly to each other, with one installer working from the top and one from the bottom to align and press the material securely to the wall.

Acoustiblok-Wallcover’s silver fabric finish was painted a pale yellow, rendering the noise barrier material undetectable. HCC was the first to install Acoustiblok-Wallcover, an option that spared them the expense and mess of removing the existing drywall to attach Acoustiblok’s traditional 3mm noise abatement material directly to the studs, which would have required hanging new drywall, and time-consuming permitting and bureaucratic red tape.

“The Acoustiblok-Wallcover has been great at keeping out the noise from people in the hallway and the surrounding offices,” Barry said. “Noises at that decibel range are now almost nonexistent; the room is far superior to what we had before this installation.”

Barry said that once the trim and caulking was completed, a coat of paint gave the room the polished look that they were after.

Before installing the Acoustiblok Wallcover, Acoustiblok’s standard 3mm sound abatement material was installed in the room’s ceiling to block noise from above, creating the serious level of soundproofing necessary for recording.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says the application of Acoustiblok-Wallcover in the HCC sound room, and the standard 3mm Acoustiblok material laid inside the ceiling tiles provides a perfect example for achieving substantial results with minimal skilled labor and investment.

“We are happy to help colleges and universities achieve successful soundproofing in projects like this one at HCC, and are thrilled that our new Acoustiblok Wallcover provided the sound barrier they needed for this recording studio, without any need to tear out walls or hire additional contractors,” Johnson said.

“Before the development of Acoustiblok Wallcover, no scientifically proven noise barrier solution existed that could be applied to an existing wall.”

 

About Acoustiblok-Wallcover:

Acoustiblok Wallcover’s flexible material measures approximately ¼-inch thick, and is available in 4-foot by 8-foot and 4-foot by 10-foot sections. Weighing about one pound per square foot, Acoustiblok-Wallcover is fairly heavy, which is why it takes two or three people to install. A simple box cutter is all that is needed to create cutouts for electric sockets and light switch panels.

Recent certified laboratory tests have proven that adding just one layer of Acoustiblok-Wallcover to one side of a wall resulted in a sound transmission classification (STC) of 53, providing more noise reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete (STC 51).

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company’s use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips earned recognition in NASA’s Spin-off prodcts Magazine.

For more information on Acoustiblok-Wallcover, or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the website at www.acoustiblok.com, call 813.980.1400, or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

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PRESS RELEASE

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Ernst, Director of Public Relations
Lizernst@acoustiblok.com
813.980.1400 x 210

Tags: noise deadening, recording studio soundproofing, sound barrier, soundproofing, noise barrier, Wallcover, walls and ceilings, no-construction soundproofing