Acoustic Treatment is the Key to better UX
Your flagship conference room is comfortable, employees enjoy working in it. Last year you’ve fitted the room with some of the best microphones, and speakers on the market….but something is missing.
The room still doesn’t sound right. And It’s been bothering you ever since.
Maybe it’s time to consider acoustic treatment.
Each space has it’s own unique character dependent on various factors like the shape of the room, construction material, ceiling height and even how furniture is placed. These characteristics make up the Acoustic Profile of a room.
After definining the acoustic profile, it is clear that the best technology will not make up for poor acoustics. More often than not, corporate environments are fitted with acoustic paneling, sound absorption, and other types of noise control. But it is important that this is done correctly to ensure that you are getting the most out of your room.
At VisionPoint, our experienced engineering team can analyze your space and improve acoustics. In fact, we even built our own calculator that allows us to determine the acoustic quality of a space and how it may affect the audio quality of certain microphones and equipment based on the surface materials and various other factors that may affect acoustic quality.
Poor acoustics might be caused by several factors such as too many flat surfaces, too many parallel surfaces which can cause flutter echoes, outside noise etc. For conference rooms we tend to prefer dry acoustics, which means less reverberation and unwanted coloration from various surfaces in the room.
Consider Softer Furniture and Surface Material
As previously stated, a simple fix for bad acoustics can be swapping out harder surfaces with more soft surfaces whenever possible. This way, sound waves are being absorbed instead of reflected off various surfaces in unpleasant ways. Next time listen closely on a video call when someone is calling in from their home office, you may notice a “boxy” sound, that is exactly what we don’t want; sometimes it can even interfere on how intelligible their speech is.
A few simple considerations are cloth covered chairs and couches (“soft” furniture), curtains/drapes (especially over glass), and carpeted flooring.
A Professional Opinion
When designing conference rooms, VisionPoint takes many things into consideration including room acoustics and the acoustic profile of a room. Because room acoustics depends on numerous factors itself, we suggest contacting a trusted professional like VisionPoint to properly analyze your spaces before purchasing new furniture, or additional materials. We can perform a multi-point inspection, make some suggestions, and make a dramatic difference on the performance, and usability of your collaborative environments. This may be the missing piece for your recent conference room upgrade that you can’t quite put your finger on.