Tag Archive: Success Stories

  1. Church Acoustics in Fellowship Halls


    Fellowship Halls & Multi-Purpose Rooms

    Echo Eliminator Recycled Cotton Acoustical PanelsChurch acoustics in fellowship halls or multi-purpose rooms are some of the more frequent rooms that we are asked for recommendations for acoustical treatment. These rooms have a few very common similarities that are the reason for the need for acoustical wall panels or acoustical ceiling panels. These rooms are often quite large so that a large number of people can use the room at the same time. They also commonly have cinder block or sheetrock walls, a vinyl tile or linoleum floor. If carpet is present, it is almost always a very low pile, industrial carpet.

    How Many Panels Do I Need?

    As far as echo and reverberation are concerned, the larger the room, the more square footage of acoustical treatment is needed to get the proper level noise control. Over the last few years, I have talked to thousands of people and a series of the same questions continues to be asked. “How many panels do I need?” This is a simple question that needs to be asked. The answer, however, is not as simple because rooms and the needs of rooms are always different. For simplicity’s sake, I know that rooms like this don’t need “recording studio” sound quality. They do need a noise control solution that takes the edge off so that when the room is filled with people the noise level is not ear splitting.

    I’ve come up with a very simple equation to start with to answer the question above. This is not a guarantee or a necessity, but it is a generalization that I have had an extremely high success rate with. The square footage of paneling generally needed is found by multiplying the cubic volume of the room by 3%.

    Height × Width × Depth × (.03) = Square Footage Needed For Room

    What Kind of Treatment Is Best For Me?

    Again, there is not a right or wrong answer to this question but there are some tendencies or trend that I do want to explain. Although there are hundreds of different kinds of acoustical treatments (including wall panels, ceiling panels, cloud baffles, diffusers, etc.), when it comes to treating a room like this, this extensive list of options is just about always reduced to two different types of panels. These are our Decorative Fabric Wrapped Fiberglass Panels and our Echo Eliminator Panels.

    Fabric Wrapped Fiberglass Panels – Edge OptionsThe Fabric Wrapped Panels are custom made boards of fiberglass that are cut to size and wrapped with a decorative fabric. This option offers the most freedom of panel size and color which is very attractive to quiet a few people. The unfortunate part about the product is that because it is custom made and made by hand, it also comes with a higher price tag. This price tag often makes this option less attractive or simply not an option. Especially for a multi-purpose room where aesthetics isn’t as critical as it would be in a room like a sanctuary, our Echo Eliminator recycled cotton panels become much more attractive.

    Echo Eliminator Cotton Acoustical PanelsThese acoustical panels are made from recycled cotton fiber and we offer them in nine different colors. They have an absorption rating that makes them an extremely efficient acoustical treatment. Because they are made from a recycled material, they are also very cost effective. They can be used as wall panels or ceiling panels and are most often glued directly to the structure with a construction adhesive and a contact adhesive. They are Class A fire rated, which is always important as well.

    Where Should I Put These Panels?

    My answer to this question almost always surprises people. For all practical purposes, to take the edge off of a room, the exact location of the acoustical wall panels or ceiling panels does not matter nearly as much as the square footage of panels introduced into the room. This leaves the end user with a lot of freedom to put the panels in a location where they will be most discreet.

    The only two recommendations that I would like to pass along would be to space the panels out as evenly as possible throughout the room and, if the aesthetic works, space the panels out (rather than installing them one next to the other). Installing them throughout the room will give you the most even acoustical result and by spacing them apart, you will effectively increase the overall surface area of absorption and increase the performance of the panels as a whole.

    Echo Eliminator in Zig Zag Pattern

    Success Story

    In December of 2006, Dennis contacted me about the multi-purpose room at the Bon Air Church of the Nazarene in Kokomo, Indiana. He was collecting information about products and treatments for the room. We talked briefly about the room and a few of the more popular products that he might be interested in and I put some samples and literature together and sent them to him. We spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of the products and he took the information to the committees and decision makers of the church.

    Like all projects that I have done with houses of worship, the project was discussed and questions were asked, and ultimately the Echo Eliminator panels were chosen due to the low cost of the product and the high absorption numbers. Dennis sent me the measurements of the room and based on the size of the room and the surface that were present, I used the following equation to help him start to figure out how many panels the church was going to need.

    The Room

    This multipurpose room measures roughly 55′ × 65′ and has 20′ ceilings. The equation that I used to determine the square footage needed is listed above.

    55′ × 65′ × 20′ = 71,500 (cubic feet) × .03 = 2,145 Square Feet of Panels

    The Solution

    Echo Eliminator Recycled Cotton Acoustical PanelsBased on the numbers from above, Dennis worked with church members to come up with a unique and decorative pattern for the cotton panels. The church purchased 64 panels of the Light Gray, 110 panels of the Pure Blue and 20 panels of the Navy Blue. They also purchased the cutting blade to cut the 2′ × 4′ panels down as needed.

    Most of our panels are adhered to the walls or ceiling of a room, but this type of installation is very permanent. Although most people are never going to want the echo problem to return, the idea of using a construction adhesive to install the cotton panels isn’t ideal. In this case, the installers used small nails to hang the panels. I do not know the exact details of how it was done, but they pulled it off very well.


    We have installed our sound panels. I have attached a picture to show you the pattern we chose. I will be sending the saw blade back to you tomorrow. We have seen a significant reduction in echo, and we especially can understand speech much clearer.

    We used nails to put up the panels. The color consistency was good, and they look good in this application. I would be interested in your thoughts.

    Pastor Dennis R.

  2. How To Quiet Your Noisy Garage Door


    I finally got around to installing your product. I wanted to thank you for the installation suggestion. The install worked great and so does your product. Even with a cheap, noisy, builder installed garage door opener the noise was eliminated. Not just in the upstairs bedroom but down stairs and in the garage as well. Thanks a bunch.

    Noisy Garage Door Opener Before Picture

    Before the Kit Was Installed

    After Garage Door Opener Silenced

    After the Kit Was Installed

    Other than a vehicle, a garage door opener is probably the most prominent noise source in a garage.  They are strong motors that often introduce a large amount of vibration into a structure. Depending on the location of the garage, this can be quite bothersome. The situation below illustrates a bit more challenging of a situation than most – simply because of the way this motor is mounted. Patrick contacted me and explained the situation and I asked him to send a picture of the opener, which he obliged. Knowing how the RSIC-DC04x2 clips mount, I did a quick photoshop alteration of  the picture illustrating that if a block of wood were bolted into the header, it would allow a surface parallel to the floor to which the DC04 clips would mount.

    Here is the spec page for the Garage Door Isolation Kit**If you want to be added to our list for monthly coupon for discounts , E-mail me your contact information**  This month is Green Glue, NEXT month (August) will be Garage Door Kit!!!

    If you would like to purchase one, here is the direct link to our online store.

    Noisy Garage Door Opener Picture

    Garage door After the kit was installed

  3. Marcoux Corner Studio

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    My name Josh Baesler. I am a member and part owner of A Cappella singing group Marcoux Corner. In January of 2008 we moved our center of operations from ‘my house’ into a new office/studio space. Ever since the group’s inception, we’d always recorded our own music, but up until then we’d used a very makeshift set-up in the house basement. This move, would be our first opportunity to actually build and drastically modify a space to suit the group’s recording and mixing needs. After doing some research on what our options were for completing this project, I approached Acoustical Surfaces. I was put in contact with sales rep. Ted Weidman, who was able to put together a package with what I needed to get the job done, and was within our ‘independent musician budget’. Ted and the entire staff we’re able to to answer all my questions and provide suitable acoustic solutions throughout the entire process. We were all very pleased with the results and have been enjoying our space and recording great music ever since!

    Thanks again!

    Sincerely, Josh Baesler
    Marcoux Corner

  4. TV Studio Acoustical Treatment

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    I get calls every now and then from people or companies that are researching acoustical panels for a TV or media studio of some kind. My most high-profile treatment to date is the set for the TV show The Biggest Loser, but unfortunately I don’t think they can be seen in any of the shots on the show.

    The sound quality in a studio is often just as important as the images captured by the cameras. There are usually two reasons why a studio would have an echo or reverberation problem: Size and Surfaces. To put it simply, the larger the room the higher the likelihood of one experiencing an echo within that room. Also, if a room is constructed out of all hard surfaces, it will also likely have an echo. Combine these two factors without any kind of absorption and/or acoustical treatment and the echo problem will be overbearing.

    Most of the TV or media studios that I have worked with have had at least one wall that was taken up with a green-screen or some kind of electronics. There are, however usually one or two fairly open walls along with some or most of the ceiling. It often surprises the people who call when I tell them that they are able to put the panels wherever they have available ceiling or wall space. In the studio that is shown below, they were able to treat all of the wall space that was not taken up by the green-screen.

    If the panels are not going to be seen or filmed by the camera, the studio can save a lot of money choosing some of the most cost effective, class A fire rated acoustical paneling on the market, our Echo Eliminator recycled cotton acoustical panels. These panels are made from 80% post industrial waste from the clothing and textile industry and are also some of the most absorbent paneling available. They are class A/1 non-flammable and are extremely easy to install. They are also the panels that were used on the set of The Biggest Loser and the studio below.

    If you have a similar studio that you are considering treating, I would be happy to discuss a few options with you and draft a quote for these or any of our other acoustical wall or ceiling treatments. There are a few pieces of information that would help me help you. These include the name, address, phone, fax and E-mail for your company or organization. I will also need to know the measurements (height, width and depth) of the room you are considering treating along with the surfaces within the room.

    Below are the pictures and E-mail that were sent to me after the panels were installed into the studio:


    Wanted to drop you a note to let you know the panels work great. We have shot 2 spots already and it sounds marvelous. Thanks for all your help. I highly recommend this product to anyone who needs this done. Easy to put up and you don’t need a blade. I used scissors to cut the panels and it worked perfectly.

    Tom Clark
    Creative Director-FMG Studios
    (Web) www.tomclark.biz

    Plug away my friend. Our site, www.fmgstudios.com is still under construction but we welcome the free plug. Maybe a link to our demo? I will attach it and see what you can do. Please put up my contact info as well. Don’t mind at all. I will also be spokesperson if you want some feedback for a client.

    Tom Clark

    Ted Weidman
    Acoustical Surfaces Inc.
    123 Columbia Court N.
    Chaska, MN 55318
    p. 800.527.6253 (ext.25)
    f. 952.448.2613
    e. ted@acousticalsurfaces.com
    web. www.acousticalsurfaces.com

  5. Publishing Facility Solution

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    Hi, Ted,

    Well, we put up the panels and we took before and after pictures (attached). We put them up on one side and noticed a sense that the echo had gradually all shifted to the other side. By the time they were all up we really felt so much better in the space. Before they went up the space made me feel uncomfortable, like I just could not stand to be there too long. Not sure how to explain it, but it just did not feel comfortable and I think that sense was coming from the echo-ey chamber feeling the space gave. After we had some of the panels up, I felt myself relax and by the time they were all up, the space was comfortable and I knew I would have no trouble working there for several hours at a time. We called out before the panels went up and the echo was awful. No echo at all by the end of the project. Pat, my husband, came home today to report that a generator has to be on the whole time the machines are running and it is like there is a muffler on the generator because there is a panel behind it. He says the sound stays right there next to the generator rather than traveling all around the space.

    The other great thing about the panels was how easy there were to put up. Could not have been easier and they were just soft pieces of safe material so we did not get splinters or wear gloves. All we had was a level, a pencil and some liquid nails and they went up really quickly. The walls are a corrugated steel (extremely wavy and uneven) and we were worried that the panels would not stick, but no problem, we put the Liquid Nails down the protruding spines of the walls and the panels just grabbed and stayed perfectly.

    The sales people from Fuji/Xerox were in today and they were amazed. They have been recommending hanging fabric and they said they will not be doing that any longer.

    I am so glad I found you and your company and your wonderful product. Saved us time, aggravation and lots of money. You made us all smile.

    Thanks again,

    Franklin, WI



  6. A/C Condenser Noise Problem Solved

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    L.B. from Chicago, IL writes:

    The owners of the apartment building next door installed 2 very noisy air conditioning units right next to our back porch. They are about 4′ away from our porch, just over the property line! We love our back porch and the noise made it almost unusable. To make matters worse, they are in an air space surrounded with hard walls, so the noise echoes all over, down our gangway. We couldn’t open any windows in the house without hearing. In fact, we could hear it with the windows closed. I was losing my mind! In desperation, late one night, while I couldn’t sleep, I did a web search for acoustical materials. I found your website and called the help line the next day. Ted listened to my problem and recommended the EXT-BBC-TR2 exterior grade sound blanket.


    The sound blanket is installed and has dramatically cut the sound. I can barely hear the units from our porch, even though they are just on the other side of the wall. The blanket has also reduced the amount of sound bouncing up to our upstairs windows. Now we can actually sleep with the windows open, even when they are running the AC – I can still hear it, but it is so much reduced, just a faint hum. Thank you for your attention and excellent service! I would certainly recommend you to anyone I know with a sound problem.