Enhancing Virtual Communication from Home

COVID-19 has significantly impacted the way people work today and will probably continue to affect workflow and the work environment in the future. Many corporate employers have transitioned to remote work; virtual teleconferences have largely replaced in-person meetings.

While the audio-visual technology available today aids remote communication and accommodates those not wanting to leave the house, the quality of virtual communication is inarguably not the same as that of in-person …

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AIA-accredited presentation on the topic of Acoustic Standards for School Design

With conferences being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many architects are faced with hardship trying to fulfill their AIA continuing education learning unit requirements. Let us help you!

We are pleased to offer an AIA-accredited presentation on the topic of Acoustic Standards for School Design. The presentation is approved to earn 1 AIA HSW credit for participants. This topic was originally presented at a Connecticut AIA-sponsored HSW Symposium event focused on acoustics. Wh…

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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 sys…

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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 the next person has to talk louder to be understood. Someone else now tries to be understood, plus your voice, plus the other person’s voice. This can escalate …

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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 Fisher Dachs Associates, and Steve Carignan Executive Director at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and Ass…

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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 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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