Archive for October, 2009

Put the Cell Phone Away

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

There have been lots of recent news stories about cell phone usage while driving. While talking while driving is certainly distracting, and a major cause of accidents and injury, there is another reason why you shouldn’t be talking and driving that we haven’t seen many people point out.

Many of today’s cars are soundproof. You can see that in some of our recent posts, where we’ve taken a look at some of the newer models coming out with even quieter cabins. The problem is that the quieter the inside of your car is, the harder it is to hear emergency vehicles approaching – and that only gets more difficult if you’re distracted by a conversation.

Get off the phone, enjoy your time in your soundproof passenger cabin, and pay attention to your surroundings so that emergency vehicles can get by without coming so close to running you down. Act like you care!

Soundproofing a Shed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Want to put that empty shed in the backyard to good use? We occasionally hear from acoustical artists looking for a quiet place to practice – a place where they won’t disturb family or neighbors. If this is you, and you have an empty shed (or one that can be emptied), you may want to consider soundproofing the shed and then doing your creative work out there.

Soundproofing a shed is pretty easy. All you’ll need to do is apply a layer of Green Glue damping compound to the existing walls and ceiling and then install new drywall over top. Since you’re in a shed, you may want to put a layer of Green Glue on the floor as well, under either drywall or tiles. Before you know it you’ll have you’re own sound absorbing box and your neighbors will never know you’re out there!

I-595 Soundproofing Work Begins

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

When route I-595 opened 20 years ago, sound wasn’t a problem. The road carried drivers through miles of farmland where commuting wasn’t top priority.

Today, however, the community has grown and the state of Florida has approved projects to begin soundproofing the highway, protecting nearby homes from the drone of passing motorists, of which there are more than ever before.

The problem? The public can’t seem to figure out just how the government is deciding which communities will receive their sound wall panels first (if ever). Some have accused the government of targeting the higher-value homes of millionaires first, possibly for political reasons. Those accusations  have been denied. The Florida DOT insists that they use a formula to determine how many homes will benefit from the construction of each wall, comparing it to the cost to determine which area goes first.

More than 21 neighborhoods qualify for sound barriers. Only time will tell how many will be completed – and in what order.

Skidmore Prepares to Open New Music Center

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In January of 2010, Skidmore College will officially open its new Zankel Music Center. The culmination of a $32.5 million budget and years of work, the 55,000 square foot building will become the new home for every music program Skidmore College offers.

The building was funded partially by the now deceased Arthur Zankel, the parent of two alumni and partially by some government grants.

The Zenkel Music Center has a 600-seat concert hall, a flexibile stage, and three separate and unqiue wings. Our favorite feature, of course, is the set of specially crated doors designed to keep sounds within the center. The entire building was built with sound in mind but the 600 pound soundproof doors located in some parts of the building are simply amazing.

The Zenkel Music Center will be open to students in January and a formal dedication will take place later in the year when the building is 100% complete.

Air Force Prepares to House F-35

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The United States Air Force is currently reviewing a list of air force bases at which it may house the newest figher plane, the F-35.

While bringing the F-35 to any base promises huge positive econimic impact, neighbors have a more pressing concern. Noise. Lots of noise.

Despite the fact that some really appreciate the sound of a figher aircraft, the Air Force does recognize that the F-35 is 12 times noisier than the currently used A-10. Some claim we shoudn’t complain about the noise made by aircraft used to protect our freedoms while others beleive in their rights to live in a pleasant environment.

It’s not fair to label those who are concerned about noise unpatriotic. Noise levels, when ridiculously high, can have a huge impact on the health and well being of any individual.

So will the US Air Force offer soundproofing alternatives to those around the bases they choose? Only time will tell.

Do I Need Soundproof Headphones?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

So you want to enjoy your music in peace and quiet? Don’t want to be distracted by the sounds of the outside world? Soundproof headphones may seem like the best solution when you want to drown out noise from exterior sources but are they really the right choice?

Soundproof headphones may give you a great opportunity to listen to music without distraction but they are doing two things. First, the sound reverberating directly off of your eardrums can cause hearing problems later in life and, second, you can’t hear the voices of others trying to contact you – especially important in the event of an emergency.

Soundproof headphones may be the right choice every once in a while but if you regularly listen to music you might want to consider soundproofing your bedroom or music studio instead. In the end you’ll appreciate the quality of sound and ability to stay in touch with the world a whole lot more!