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 official guidelines.

AD has offices in multiple locations, including New York and Connecticut. Both of those states have issued executive orders asking non-essential w…

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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 under the roof of the old Carlson gymnasium.

The facility was realized using help…

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Arthur van der Harten, CENG, M.IOA, M.ASA

Acoustic Distinctions || Pachyderm Acoustic

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 or third-octave band) tw…

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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 up…

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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.”


Pachyderm Acoustic is a free plugin for cad which simulates sound during…

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Integrated Passive and Active Room Acoustics


Click on the link above to read David Kahn’s article “Integrated Passive and Active Room Acoustics” in the NCAC seasonal newsletter. 

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How Architectural Wood Grilles Affect Acoustics and Aesthetics at Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College

A key feature of the acoustic and architectural design of the new Kracum Performance Hall at Carleton College’s new 56,000 SF addition to the Weitz Center for Creativity is patterned wood grilles which accomplish two goals: to allow sound to pass through the grilles to reach hidden retractable sound absorbing curtains, and to create a memorable and architecturally attractive space. AD worked…

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Pachyderm Acoustic Empowers Architects to Use a New Building Material – Sound!

Our Senior Consultant Arthur van der Harten has been developing an open source collaborative tool for acoustics simulation called Pachyderm Acoustic Simulation. This tool has been gaining popularity among architects and designers who are interested in working directly with geometry and acoustics. By exchanging models and simulation schemes in Rhino and Grasshopper, Pachyderm allows a new…

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