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Soft Note™ is our elegant and straightforward direct acoustic panelling that is high performing in tackling excessive reverberation. Whether you are creating a particular colour relationship with chosen location or something incongruent by making a statement to clash with the colours, you can do this by choosing from our vast selection of available colours, in which there are 38 of them!
Due to its thick, soft fibre composition, even as a direct fitting to walls and ceilings it yields to a Class A Absorption rating, so if there are acoustic issues that appear beyond control, get them under control with Soft Note™ in 50mm.
If you tasked with revivifying a visually dry environment or creating an elegant space that requires its internal acoustics to be significantly improved, but you find there is a lack of inspiration - then take a look at some of the possibilities in our selected case studies. Long gone are the days of having to place a white panel on the white wall with it hidden in the corner, the improved visual stimulus in a given space helps to harmonise or stand out against any colour scheme. Below are tasters of what is possible - there could be something you like but would like to alter slightly, or perhaps there is something you dislike or even 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!
Wanting to combine our Soft Note™ designs with our other excellent options available in Note™, or want to create something new entirely from your ideas? We want to hear them and put them in to practice! Our in-house design team can help you every step of the way by bringing them to the physical world as we look at how each idea is best structured and how it will fit together,
Then we create visualisations of each space (both existing spaces or new spaces alongside the architect’s rendering) to see how they will look in placement. We then send this off to our cutting team who have state-of-the-art precision cutting tools - and then finally we send these flat packed to your installation team, or our installation team if you’re looking for the whole package.
Soft Note™ is suitable for a vast range of environments - and it’s wrapped options which help to hide exposure to ‘picked’ material for young children making it a brilliant choice for education environments that only have walls as available space. Other than this Soft Note™ can be installed anywhere from large pool environments, nightclubs that offer huge cavernous spaces and in workplace environments.
Each Soft Note™ is precision cut to provide a stunning level of consistency, and for ease of fitting, it is flat packed as is with instructions for fitting - that is if you fancy yourself a DIY enthusiast, 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.
There are several ways that the physical space can have an effect on the overall soundscape, and this makes it difficult to predict the levels of sound absorption required for no two are alike, even if the volumetric size is precisely the same, its geometry and material composition will change this. There may be significantly more windows or the room as a lot of recesses or a mezzanine level that all changes and reflects sounds in different ways - and these can be positive or negative depending on what activities and events you wish to hold. We need to obtain a complete picture to achieve the best figures possible for what is required by uncovering what sort of activities are planned in the space, whether they exist now or proposed and details of the following:
The room size
Geometry, for instance, pitched roof with an octagon shape would have a completely different trajectory of sound than a simple rectangle room with a flat roof
What each surface has as a building material, for instance, a polished wooden floor with exposed breezeblock walls and a wood panel ceiling
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 Soft Note™ to your space and discussing any visual requirements you may have in terms of colour scheme and their arrangement.
Our Soft Note™ in its 50mm thickness can be used to reduce background levels of airborne noise - but more through lowering the sound pressure and internal issues that hard furnishings help to amplify. For excessive noise issues, you want to look at our MuteRange for acoustic materials that are used for the reduction of sound transmission.
With the minimal, open-plan interior design approach dominating the aesthetics of internal environments, this follows the principle of stripping back soft furnishings, exposing the structural walls and leaving concrete flooring to be exposed - rarely covering, and even if so it is with a tiling or wooden floor finish, both reflective. Another approach that restaurants have started adopting is the opening of the kitchen environment - this creates a very inclusive and interactive environment where the customer is able to view the chefs at work, and the whole experience is holistic in its overall approach.
But, this is opening the dining area to noise found in abundance in the kitchen environment, in these minimal design interiors tend to lead to poor internal acoustics, which if they are disrupting the interaction between customers and guests, defeats the purpose of creating a full experience. Soft Note™ can be installed in any of these scenarios yielding great success with improving sound control here - the only recommendation we have is that darker colour schemes are used in areas with excessive vapour and smoke as this could lead to staining over time.
Soft Note™ is incredibly easy to install, there is no requirement for assembly on site as any colour wrapped Soft Note™ materials are provided ready wrapped, there are various methods for fixing that our design team will discuss with you to make sure it runs as smooth as possible.