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You may have a favourite piece of photography or artwork from an artist that you want to combine with sound absorption, whether it’s your own, a local artist or somebody internationally renowned - whoever it may be, as long as it’s high quality and licensed - we can make it happen! The Printed Note™ is often cut to the best quality resolution of the image and is available either in a 25mm thickness which when fixed direct yields a Class C performance, NRC 75% and a 50mm thickness with returns a Class A performance, NRC 95%.
We want to help inspire you on your projects, helping to feed in the internal design with the use of our Printed Note™ alongside additional Note™ products to feel both the benefit of a beautiful space with the best acoustics possible. We have chosen a select few from our case studies to showcase models and patterns of what is possible. Maybe there is something you like but would like to alter slightly, perhaps there is something you dislike or the perfect design, but all you want is a different colour - whatever it is, we can help you narrow your options and discuss them with you!
Well, we want to hear it!
Our in-house design team can help you every step of the way by introducing them to the physical world as we look how each idea could be composed and how they will fit together with the proposed or existing internal colour scheme. We then create visualisations of each space (both existing spaces or new spaces alongside the architect’s visualisation) to see how they will look in placement. We then send this off to our printing team who have state-of-the-art technology - and then finally we send these flat packed to your installation team, or our installation team if you’re looking for the whole package.
We offer a bespoke product tailoring for our Printed Note™ with our in-house designer to help cater to your requirements - do contact us on 01937 588 226 today to discuss
Maybe the imagery you have chosen is synergic with your brand, or perhaps it is just a composition of art that you cherish. Its aim to serve as an artistic piece with high acoustic performing qualities that applies to almost any internal space, from the workplace to the home, from coffee shop to a Michelin star restaurant - Printed Note™ is a beautiful choice.
Each Printed Note™ is printed with the highest quality in place to provide a stunning level of consistency and representation, it’s image is sent to our printers, packed and ready for installation for either you, if you fancy yourself a DIY enthusiast, or if not - we have an installation team happy to help put these in place for you!
A straightforward explanation of reverberation is that it is the result of sound trapped in a room, and not the sound moving through a partition such as a wall, floor or ceiling. When this sound is 'trapped' without anything to absorb it, it will begin to bounce off reflective surfaces. Some examples of reflective surfaces are glass, wood, stone and even plasterboard. When a soundwave comes into contact with these surfaces, it reflects on to another surface, and then another until that sound disappears or falls below a certain sound level, one below the background noise level. It is this reflective sound energy that leads to misinterpreting or failing to hear speech in classrooms, sports halls and swimming pools, three typical examples of where reverberation is a negative effect. But, we need reverberation to help carry our voice or to carry musical performances such as in auditoriums or classical music halls, each one designed to have its own unique sound. Creating a completely absorbent environment will leave the sound very 'dry' and unnatural, and you will need to introduce further distribution of sound systems or public address systems to make up for this.
There is a 'sweet spot' for every environment, and you will need to factor in each type of event or purpose of your room so that we can together make the right decision in what levels are best suited for reverberation.
In these cavernous-like halls and in the petite critical-listening spaces, it is the introduction of soft materials that begin to introduce absorptive surfaces. It is the addition of these that turn sound energy into thermal energy when the sound wave makes contact, but don't worry, the heat generated from this is not noticeable, you will not feel the panel increasing in heat. These sound absorptive materials will often need even spacing through the open space on walls and ceilings, and careful placement of these to maximise performance as the sound 'bounces' around the room.
Reverberation is a complex issue to understand, especially if you are looking at the mathematical equations that predict the level of reverberation, or at estimations made from acoustic modelling, or even the results from acoustic testing and what they mean to you and your project. We briefly explain each of these points as just as possible, from what reverberation is and how it can affect us especially our communication and our concentration. We aim to update this as often as we can with new research and provide blogs on areas revolving around reverberation.
How many Printed Note™ required for treating reverberation is entirely dependent on what you expect to achieve by what activities and events will take place and by the rooms physical properties: its volumetric size, its geometry - whether it’s a square room featuring an L shape with lots of recesses, and its internal material composition. For example, if the given space has an exposed concrete floor with breeze block walls. A classic case of reverberation where it is most abundant is in swimming pools - every surface is reflective, and communication misunderstood on the majority of occasions - even public address systems become saturated in the reflections. In short, there is no immediate answer to these particular questions without knowing the following:
First we aim to create an estimated acoustic modelling of the room or look to carry out an Acoustic Test, we then we look at required levels alongside your budget in mind for introducing Printed Note™ to your space and discussing visual requirements to how you would like each Note™ to appear in terms of colour scheme and their arrangement.
Printed Note™ cannot be used as a solution to achieve the reduction of sound through partitions - the reason for this is that it is lightweight. The lightweight material is best suited for providing better levels of sound control against reverberation, though it is still essential to use both approaches to improve general internal acoustics to have the best environment possible, especially where workplace and office soundproofing environments are concerns.
Printed Not™e is composed of 100% Polyester Fibres which makes it safe for almost any internal application for there are not exposed irritants or loose fibres - of this 65% comes from Post Consumer Recycled Content with 35% from Pre Consumer Recycled PET fibres.
Fire Rating: EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009: B - s1, d0.
Yes, they are, in short! The interior design of restaurants and cafés are amid minimal design trends - exposed concrete flooring and brick walls, large open ceiling spaces and often found now with open kitchen and food preparation areas all to create a free-flowing environment. With open kitchens, this helps to improve inclusion and interaction as a holistic experience with the customers, but as we know, kitchens are often loud environments - even without raised voices. Printed Note™ could be a simple printing of favourite images and artworks, as long as they are licensed, and fitted in suitable locations which are often away from areas with significant steam or smoke as this can lead to staining.
Printed Note™ often installed as a direct fix with adhesives to walls and ceilings, so this is relatively straightforward - for any information on our adhesives and what is best to use, speak to our excellent team by clicking on the Chat Feature on the bottom right or calling us on 01937 588 226.
We take your image and transfer it to our Printed Note™ material, this image will need licensing by the artist, and the cut panel will be sent ready for installation. If you would like to see Printed Note™ in conjunction with additional Note™ materials in your existing or proposed space - we can help with this too!