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GUIDELINES FOR VIRTUAL WORK WITH MUSIC STUDENTS

Click here for the .pdf Music Lesson (real time) Many instructors want to emulate the interactive nature of a live lesson as much as possible, but they will be limited to readily available conferencing tools such as Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, Join.Me, etc. These conferencing systems use automatic gain control (they actively adjust the level of […]

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Cocktail Party Effect and Room Acoustics

Why are bars and restaurants sometimes so unbearably loud? So loud that you have to scream at the person across the table to hold a conversation? The reason is something called “the cocktail party effect.” Imagine you are in a space with a number of other people. You talk. This raises the sound level, so […]

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How to Use Acoustics, Design & Staffing to Increase Community Engagement

AD’s own David Kahn was pleased to lead the professional development session “How to Use Acoustics, Design & Staffing to Increase Community Engagement” at the 2020 APAP conference held in New York on January 11th. In addition to David, who serves as President of Acoustic Distinctions, the panelists included Joshua Dachs, Principal at theatre consultancy […]

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COVID-19 Concerns And Our Commitment To You

To our clients, colleagues, and friends: We hope that you are reading this in good health. We’re writing to fill you in on the status of work here at Acoustic Distinctions and the steps we’ve taken to ensure that we can continue to serve our clients while protecting the health of our staff and following […]

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Geometrical Computation of Arbitrary Curved Surface Sound Reflected Impulse Responses

By Arthur van der Harten

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Designed to Ensure Speech Intelligibility within the House of Commons Chamber of the Parliament of Canada

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University of Colorado Boulder Swing Space

Acoustic Distinctions collaborated with Pfeiffer Partners Architects to complete a new temporary music instruction facility on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus for use during the renovation of their existing music facility. The temporary facility includes 15 faculty teaching studios, 5 Practice Rooms, and a Percussion Ensemble Room in three free-standing, tightly clustered structures located […]

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TOWARDS MORE PRECISE ABSORPTION METRICS

Arthur van der Harten, CENG, M.IOA, M.ASA Acoustic Distinctions || Pachyderm Acoustic Avdharten@ad-ny.com The Limitations of Absorption Coefficients For the majority of the relatively short history of architectural acoustics as practice, the dissipation of sound energy by way of surface interaction has been characterized by a single value per unit of spectrum (usually the octave-band […]

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SVG Sit Down: Upfront Coordination of Systems Integration, Architecture, Audio Is Key to Successful Control-Room Design

Article by Sports Video Group that interviews industry leaders on how upfront coordination of systems integration in control-room design is key. AD Principal, Ronald Eligator, weighs in on the role acoustics play. Click here for article  

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Designing the Color and Flavor of Sound in Your Building – an Appeal to Architects

Check out this month’s Architext, AIA Central PA’s seasonal newsletter featuring AD Senior Consultant Arthur van der Harten’s article “Designing the Color and Flavor of Sound in Your Building – an Appeal to Architects.”   https://aiacentralpa.org/spring-2018/#Acoustic   Pachyderm Acoustic is a free plugin for cad which simulates sound during design. You can download it for free […]

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