What is Reverb? (and how do I control it?)

What is Reverb? (and how do I control it?)

The simplest answer to ‘what is reverb?’ is that it is the persistence of sound after the sound has been produced. Reverb is measured using ‘reverb time’ which measures how long sound takes to disappear by varying amounts.

Different rooms and spaces have different reverb times, and this is totally fine and normal. You will be familiar with how the sound in a church will differ from a classroom and also that of a sports hall.

In all spaces, having too much or too little reverb can cause a negative affect on those in the environment. From classrooms being too loud resulting is poor attention spans of children (and sore throats in teachers), loud offices where concentration becomes difficult and private conversations impossible through incorrect (or no) treatment of the room.

Reverb is an internal sound problem and has everything to do with the room in which the sound is being produced. Where sound is an issue that is being generated elsewhere, or the issue is that the sound is travelling out of your space to another; the issue is a soundproofing one. Click here to visit our soundproofing information page.

Controlling reverb is important in all environments and choosing the right solution will save time and money in the long run; our acoustics team are on hand to help you make this choice if you are unsure which products will suit you best.

Here is a short guide to the different types of products and their ideal use:

Acoustic Panels:

Ideal for home, office and classrooms. These panels come in all shapes, sizes and colours. All offer excellent sound absorption; why not combine it with your favourite artwork with our printed acoustic panels?

Baffles and Rafts:

In larger spaces and those with restricted wall space, ceiling suspended rafts and baffles are often the best approach. Absorbing sound and becoming either a feature of the room, or a discrete sound absorbing option, rafts and baffles are an excellent choice in many spaces.

Acoustic Wallpaper:

Highly decorative and practical. Classrooms and offices benefit from acoustic absorption using acoustic wallpaper. Pinnable, these options are very useful for classroom acoustic solutions.

For more information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our in-house acoustics team



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