|The owner of Martini 97, a nightclub in Dover, Ohio approached Next Industries to resolve noise issues at the club. Being that the club has a wonderful wrap around bar area in close proximity to the live band corner a resolve was needed as the room became uncomfortable for patrons when bands performed. Speech around the bar area was next to impossible and hard surfaces created a very bright and uncontrolled environment during performances. Next Industries first addressed what portions of the night club would benefit the most from acoustical correction. We then worked with the owner on a design that was aesthetically pleasing and still provided enough correction to meet the calculated goals. echoshield™ Standard Series panels were used to address the problems in the band area and Apple Suede echoshield™ Evolution panels configured as acoustical ceiling clouds were used to address the bar area. After treatment solutions were installed, noticeable change was immediate. Music from the bands is more pleasant and controlled, and the bar patrons can converse amongst themselves with ease.
Strasburg School District in Strasburg, Ohio contacted Next Industries during their final stages of construction for their new K-12 school as the building had some unique acoustical challenges that were not satisfied by another acoustical company during primary construction.
“The multipurpose area used as a cafeteria and auditorium, affectionally called the ‘cafetorium’ presented the greatest challenge.” Stated Jeff Hartman, Acoustical engineer at Next Industries. ”We were tasked with creating an environment in which during performances on the stage the room would present enough livelieness to all acoustic projection evenly throughout the audience during events and presentations with proper sound stage presence from the loud speakers as well as the back stage area. Another goal of the space was reducing the reverberation time as well as minimize standing waves within the large space which increases speech intelligibility and reduces background noise levels during lunch periods and other large group gatherings. The combination of effects from high ceilings, hard surface walls including partial exposed block surfaces and polished hard concrete flooring minimized the attenuation of first and second order reflections and allowed all sound to propagate freely throughout the interior space.”
By utilizing a combination of echoshield™ Pro series wall panels and dipole ceiling baffles, Next Industries was able to create an environment that meets the needs of the cafetorium environment. The echoshield™ Pro series ceiling baffles were arranged in an X,Y configuration to absorb transverse waves that emanated from any direction within the ceiling structure area. ”By utilizing our echoshield ™ Pro series baffles we have the flexibility of not only multiple mounting positions, but also we can configure the product to either be a single side absorber, or dipole to meet our needs.” Says Jeff.
Strasburg also presented Next Industries with the task of correcting the band and choir rooms as well. The previously installed acoustic treatments in these spaces provided very minimal absorption and were ineffective in the role they needed to play. Jeff cpntinues to explain, ”A choir room does require a certain ‘air’ or ‘liveliness’ to allow fundamental and other harmonics to combine to form musical harmony from a singing group. The reverberation time and imaging of the room needs to be controlled so each individual voice can be localized within the room by the conductor or teacher so that they are effective in their ability to instruct each student. During design and installation, we also provided pointers on seating arrangements within the room to increase the effectiveness of the acoustic design.”
“Band rooms can be a nightmare to control acoustically. Percussive instruments with the ability to easily produce 90dB or greater without amplification are intermixed in an enclosed space with wood wind, brass and other more subtle instruments. Such spaces require a greater emphasis on reducing not only reverberation time caused by first and second order reflections from perimeter spaces, but also attempt to balance the room tonality so that overlapping frequencies and fast impulse percussive instruments all stand out in the stereo field without being lost. The absorptive control is key as human hearing is very keen on perceiving impulses such as those from percussive instruments. By controlling the reflections, the human ear can more readily focus on other instruments during performances. This balance is where Art meets Science”, Jeff concludes.
The use of echoshield™ Pro series wall panels and dipole configured ceiling baffles were again selected and carefully arranged to meet the acoustic needs of each of these rooms. In addition, Next Industries worked with the school directors to pick a color scheme that emphasized the schools colors. Once the project was finished and all acoustic goals were met, students and teachers alike not only noticed the improved ambience, but they were also astonished by the decor.
|Reception halls are an important location for church activities. The Hartville Church of Christ has a wonderful space to accommodate many various activities, however, the room had acoustical issues. As with a convention design almost dimensionally square with hard drywall / plaster surfaces including the ceiling the carpet provided only a marginal reduction in early reflections and delays within the space. Such acoustic issues create a chaotic distractive environment in which with even a few occupants the reflective sound energies can become annoying.
To reduce early reflections, Next Industries installed echoshield™ acoustical panels along the perimeter walls. Utilizing a staggered positioning, every other panel alternated between two weightings of acoustic materials to improve optimum frequency absorption to not only to increase speech intelligibility within the room, but the minimize the resonant frequencies of the room itself.
With an initial measured peak reverberation time of over 2 seconds, the treatment provided a reduction of 50% and reduced resonance frequency peaks by 30% within the space creating a more inviting and warm experience for all that utilize the space.
|The Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Kent State Tuscarawas is a modern world class performing arts center. Mike Morelli, General Manager of the PAC asked Next Industries to assist in the design and implementation of acoustic design for the orchestral pit and practice hall. The orchestral pit is the most dynamic of acoustical spaces as the instruments, layout and number of performers change on a nightly basis. Next Industries utilized custom echoshield™ acoustic treatments that were specifically designed to tackle various frequencies and manufactured them to be movable so that sound technicians at the PAC can position the panels to shape the frequency response of the pit for each performance. Next Industries also designed and installed custom echoshield™ acoustic treatments in the practice hall to mimic the acoustic space of the main stage. This allows for the performers to practice with tonal balance that will transfer from rehearsal to performance with confidence.|
|Tuscarawas County 911 call center representatives contacted Next Industries to help them with a problem. As with most crisis centers, 911 emergency call centers rely on concise clear communications during chaotic situations. The background ambiance of noise increases exponentially during times of heavy call volume and large crisis moments. The 911 center needed a way to minimize the distractive nature of all the commotion. echoshield™ Pro series acoustic panels custom designed to handle voice range frequency absorption were placed around the perimeter of the facility to minimize the first order reflections of sound which previously reflected back towards operator workstations. This now allows the operators to more clearly understand the callers to the center. By minimizing the perceived ambient sound levels to the operators ear that is not covered by a headset, the operator can focus more clearly on the call.|
|Suzanne Catlette contacted us to find a solution to acoustically correct The Farmstead Restaurant. The busy restaurant provides a warm inviting atmosphere in the heart of rural Amish Ohio. However, being a busy restaurant with a large open dining room creates a noisy environment.
Traditional acoustic treatments such as acoustic panels and diffusors would distract from the traditional decor. Next Industries engineers met with Suzanne to discuss her vision for the interior space. Quilts, re-purposed barn wood planks from the 1800′s, and pictures of rural American farm lands were a central theme for decoration.
Vertical acoustic baffles can be utilized to break up transverse sound wave issues in large open areas, effectively reduce the background noise levels. Next Industries devised a solution in which Amish-made quilts were produced without standard backing material, this allowed to quilts to be installed with an internal frame and acoustic material. To finish these off, Next Industries built an external frame and constructed a horizontal bar for the quilts to hang from.
Also constructed for this project were acoustical wall panels in which repurposed antique barn wood was used for external trim. Acoustic yellow suede fabric was used to match the color of the walls, and canvas prints were used to create a shadowbox design.
Finally, to aid in minimizing background noise closest to the customers, custom head rest backboards were created and wrapped in acoustically transparent fabric that went with the decor of the room. These headrests allow for direct background noise absorption at the closest surface point to the restaurant patron ears. All treatments in the space provide a warm and inviting, acoustically uncluttered experience. Ultimately, the overall design created additions to the restaurant that did not detract from the design target of the interior designer.
“I recently met and worked with the staff of Next Industries for a restaurant project/rennovation I was working with. I was amazed, after our initial meeting, how much I learned from them both about their products and services, as well as knowledge of space, sound and solutions.
Ours was not an easy task solution, as design and visual was a key for me as an interior designer. Trying to make this location and our customer’s experience feel warm, friendly and comforting as possible. All this without noticing anything commercial, industrial or noticeable as well as solving our sound issues in each dining area.
The staff of Next Industries listened. Together, we came up with wonderful solutions that accomplished all our goals. The experience has been enlightening, easy, and well worth the efforts. I look forward to my next project with them.”
-Suzanne Catlette, SC Interiors for Dutchman Hospitality Group
|NewPointe Church presented us a challenge in which they had repurposed a previous sanctuary room that was shifted from rectangle to asymmetrical diamond shape by an outside consulting firm during the planning stages. What resulted was a room that looks impressive, but the sound stage and imaging from the speaker arrays was shifted to one side and the reverberation time (RT) and imposing delay anomalies made the room difficult for the staff sound engineers to provide adequate music or spoken word balance and clarity.
We first identified the amount of shift in the equilibrium of the rooms acoustics. Centerline phase is a must to allow the front of house (FOH) engineer to properly balance a stereo mix during an event. Secondly we tackled individual issues such as determining which frequencies we need to absorb on each surface and the amount of treatment required to bring the RT time and delay anomalies to acceptable levels, all while calculating for the presence of people in the seats as part of the equation to ensure the room still has some liveness even when filled to capacity. Many companies either push too much reduction or not enough, the science meets art when the balance is achieved.
“‘Next’ took our newest auditorium designed by someone else that had a 4.7 second echo and economically and aesthetically made it into our best sounding and looking auditorium in the system. I would not think of building any new venues without consulting them first. We would have saved a lot of money and aggravation if we would have had them at the beginning of the Canton project.”
- Steve Jones, Canton Campus Facilities Supervisor, NewPointe Church
To achieve the results we utilized out echoshield™ product line of acoustic wall panels for the first order reflection issues on the walls. We build every panel in our own factory, and because of this we can design the panels to tackle different frequency ranges and at different absorption coefficients, this gives us a great advantage over other consulting companies. We also utilized our brand new echoshield™ hanging ceiling baffle product to minimize transverse waves from the ceiling. We were able to align the panels along a single axis as the room naturally reflected acoustical energy from the wall surfaces to the acoustic baffles.
After treatments were performed. The audience now enjoys clarity from the pastors on stage and the music events they provide. The FOH engineers are quite pleased that now they add effects to the mix such as delay and reverberation as well having the confidence that the stereo mix is properly presented.
|What’s stopping noise pollution in Tuscarawas County’s new Command and Extended Operations trailer? echoshield™ Plus Acoustic Insulation
This new Command and Extended Operations trailer is Tuscarawas County’s new field office that can be setup during an emergency situation at a moments notice. In such a unit where important information is being exchanged and critical operations are being performed, there’s no room for acoustic issues. Next Industries provided an acoustic consult for and installed acoustic products to allow for an acoustically comfortable working environment.In order to communicate in close quarters when there’s noisy equipment nearby contact Next Industries to schedule an Acoustic Consult and have echoshield™ acoustic products installed.
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|When mixing high quality video with audiophile level sound components and speakers, Audio Corner Elite set out to create a demo theater environment to showcase what is possible to even the most demanding clients. echoshield™ custom acoustic treatments were utilized to maintain harmonic and tonal balance within the room so that musical and theatrical nuances as well as stage presence were maintained to allow clientele to fully realize the abilities of the system. As you can see, the custom green suede panels fit well with the rooms look.
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|When Michael Pope of Audio Video Interiors / Safety Technologies, Inc., the multiple award winning home theater design firm expanded their operations to showcase abilities with partner companies to create entire home design integration a new rebranded location was born called Environments by Design. Michael asked Next Industries to bring pleasing acoustic ambience to their new design center showrooms and conference room. echoshield™ Pro product line and custom panels were utilized throughout the design center as well as printed multi panel art to showcase that there is no limit to the imaginative scope that Next Industries can accomplish with their clients.|