Absorption vs. Blockage: All About Acoustic Foam

Learn about the different types of acoustic foam available to you.

acoustic-foamWhen people have a noise problem in their apartments or homes, they tend to seek out acoustic foam panels because that’s what they’ve seen in recording studios and sound booths. It’s even advertised as wall treatments for homes. There are some important things you need to know before you buy a foam panel, such as which panel is right for absorption or blocking sound.

Two Types

There are two basic types of acoustic foam. The first absorbs any echo within the room, which is the type most commonly found in recording studios. The second blocks or stops sound entirely. Some panels can accomplish both of these tasks, but most do one or the other.

Absorption

When you’re looking to absorb sound from inside of a room, which is great for entertainment centers and home theaters as well as recording booths, you’ll want a softer kind of foam. The spongier kind of foam has almost no density, though, so it won’t block sounds. You can stand on the other side of the wall and very clearly hear voices coming through the sponge.

Blocking

Foam that blocks sound is usually found within the walls of the home itself. These sheets are usually very dense, which adds to the weight of the product, and their design makes it impossible for the walls to have any kind of physical connection with one another.

Final Thoughts

Now that you understand the difference between foam sheets used to block sound and sheets used for the purpose of absorbing sound, you should be able to make a more informed decision about refinishing your room.

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The True Flexibility of Acoustic Foam in a Home

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Many homeowners have to deal with large amounts of noise pollution in their neighborhood. Whether it’s the loud volume of movies or a dog continuously barking, it can get relatively frustrating. Sound vibrations tend to easily travel through walls without adequate noise suppression installed. In order to obstruct these sound waves, you can choose to control it through the use of acoustic foam. Here are some of the major advantages of using acoustic foam.

Sound Control

The major reason why homeowners install acoustic foam is to reduce the amount of noise pollution. But, rather than blocking sounds, acoustic foam actually works to remove echoes and background sounds. Essentially, they work to control the reverberation sounds of a room.

Substantial Quality Increase

Acoustic foam can also enhance the sound quality of a room if fixed in the right area. If placed in corners or wherever optimal sound mixes are needed, they can minimize echoes. Since most acoustic foam is cut into tiles with a wedge or pyramid type shape, they can perfectly fit around the house with ease.

Aesthetically-Pleasing

At-home music studios and work areas tend to utilize the properties of acoustic foam and acoustic foam panels for sound purposes. But, they can also improve the interior design of a room as well. There are numerous colors and textures of acoustic foam. By incorporating it into a room, you can add sophistication and elegance – while improving sound barriers at the same time.

Bio: Foam Factory, Inc. provides the finest sound proofing foam on the market at a competitive price. For more information visit them online today.

Atlantic Records’ Soul Years

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Atlantic Records has a long and storied history based around two popular eras throughout its lifespan: the soul and rock eras respectively. Both Joe Morris and The Clovers were hit acts that kicked off Atlantic’s presence in the soul and rhythm and blues scenes. By the time the company acquired Stax Records, it had already signed and produced hits by the likes of Ray Charles, The Coasters and Bobby Darin.

It was Solomon Burke who really put Atlantic’s soul offerings on the map, kicking off an era of the 60s categorized by some of the most iconic artists in recording history. Dusty Springfield, Pink Floyd, Doris Troy, Aretha Franklin and more signed during this era.

Doris Troy began as a backup act to Dusty Springfield before launching her own recordings. Her song “Just One Look” has been covered by many artists throughout the history of music.

1967 was a new peak for the recording company. Aretha Franklin had risen to become “The Queen of Soul”, and she officially came on board in 1967. Aretha’s husband was rumored to have caused a great deal of tension during those recording sessions, but under the direction of Frank Wexler Franklin made a successful transition back to her roots in gospel. That year, she recorded “I Never Loved a Man,” “Respect”, Baby, I Love You”, “Chain of Fools” and “Since You’ve Been Gone” among others.

The company also signed Sonny & Cher, who would land on the Billboard Top 100 with “I Got You Babe,” a soulful single that would sell more than a million copies in the USA.


About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.

Foam: The Amazing Soundproofing Substance

Written by: The Foam Factory, Inc.

The Internet has made it easier than ever before to record and post your own music, voice over work or spoken word poetry online. All you need is a halfway decent microphone, and a soundproofed room. Most streamers and amateur artists lack the cash to rent studio space every time they have a new project, but with acoustic foam panels, you can soundproof a room and use it to record as needed.

Say you have an indoor space that is frequently noisy—maybe you’re lucky enough to have an incredible media room that houses a full-screen projector and a sound system perfectly calibrated to the entertainment you love, like Quentin Tarantino movies or the adrenaline pumping sounds of a Call of Duty match. Using sound-deadening foam is not only easy, but it could save you money that you’d otherwise spend fighting public disturbance citations in court. Simply line your room with these custom-cut foam panels to immediately reduce nearly all sound travelling through the walls and floors. Avoid glue, which can cause damage to the walls of your space, and use double-sided sticky tape instead.

There’s another benefit to using foam for your sound-insulating needs beyond just decibel dampening. Foam is great for outdoor use because it withstands weather exposure, which has an added benefit in your own home. Not only are you simply less likely to have mold or mildew creep into your walls, but if it should happen, sound-proofing foam can be easily cleaned, making your renovation project that much faster and cheaper.

Bio: Foam Factory, Inc. manufactures and ships bedding, packaging, acoustic foam and more from their factory in Southeast Michigan.

Vanessa- Mae thanks Thai Government

Mae is hoping to gain public support for ending animal testing in Thailand. The Cruelty Free International Ambassador, is in the country to visit family and the Thai olympic Committee.

In April this year, Cruelty Free International received information that the Ministry of Public in Thailand was in the process of reviewing their process of non animal safety testing for cosmetics.

The star is hoping to use her profile to place a spotlight on the issue and to encourage decision makers to stop animal testing.

Vanessa-Mae says: “I am proud of my Thai heritage and the family roots I have in this country, so I am very encouraged to hear from Cruelty Free International that the Thai government has in principle accepted a phase-out of animal testing for cosmetics. I know that many people in Thailand are eager and impatient to hear of progress towards implementing this. It is now time for Thailand to demonstrate to the world that it is a modern, forward-thinking nation and to join the increasing number of compassionate countries around the globe showing their commitment to ending the horrific and unnecessary practice of animal testing for cosmetics.”

The EU banned animal testing for cosmetics in 2013. The Campaign to stop animal testing has been led by Cruelty Free International, including in Thailand. The organization has funded a project in Vietnam to teach scientist about alternative methods of testing. The organization has also released a report in 2014, which provided many alternatives to animal testing.

Kesha fans stage a sony protest

Kesha thanked her fans for protesting outside Sony Music New York. The star’s fans were protesting after she lost her bid to terminate her record contract.

The six album deal in her contract forces her to work with her producer Dr. Luke. Kesha stated that the producer sexually and emotionally abused her.

Her protesting fans held signs that read “Dr. Luke is really whack, Kesha needs her freedom back!”

One of her 19 year old fans stated “This is very emotional for us, To see Kesha go through this is heartbreaking. This will keep going on until Kesha is free.”

The singer legally requested to be released from the contract but the judge rejected the request.

Her Lawyer, Mark Geragos, thanked her supporters on twitter and shared a short video of the star.

The footage was captioned “A special thanks to everyone who has had her back,”

The star expressed her gratitude to fans on Facebook by saying “This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal,” she wrote. “This is about being free from my abuser. All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused.

“I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power,” she added.

Improve Recorded Sound Quality with Acoustical Foam

Whether recording music, instruments or voice, it is common knowledge that any room being used to record audio should have some level of sound absorbing material installed so that it sounds as professional as possible.

When starting a project of this nature, a common mistake is to try to look for “sound proofing foam”, when what you really want is acoustic foam. Sound proofing a room will diminish noise pollution that is entering or leaving the room, and while it is definitely something worthwhile to look in to, it is another project entirely. Acoustic foam does not prevent sound from entering or leaving the room, it instead helps to nullify echoes and reverberation, allowing for recordings to be much cleaner sounding.

To accomplish this, you will need to cover some of your wall space with acoustic foam panels. The exact percentage of your wall that should be covered depends on what you’re doing. For example, if you’re recording a rock band you will need more coverage than if you’re just singing softly into a microphone. Typically, your coverage needed will fall between 25% and 75%.

The advantage should be clear as soon as you hear the recording for yourself. You’ll still need to perform some basic audio cleanup, and adjust levels to remove unwanted sounds, but the result should be a much clearer focus on whatever sound is being recorded. For best results, try recording each instrument in its own session. This allows you to have full masters of every track, combining them together for perfect results.

Bio: The Foam Factory, Inc. is the largest provider of foam and foam accessories in North America.

Miley: cast in a TV series

Miley Cyrus 23, announced that she will be working with Woody Allen and the comic performer/ writer Elaine May in a show based in the 60’s, which will air on Amazon Prime.

Miley who recently starred in the Bill Murray’s Netflix special – A Very Merry christmas said that she was “stoked” to be hired for the show.

Roy Price, Amazon Studios Head said in a press statement “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honour to be working with him on his first television series,”

“I don’t know how I got into this,” Allen said. “I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this”

Miley who has previous acting experience, rose to fame in the Disney Channel’s TV show Hannah Montana, where she played a role of a pop star who led a secret double life.

The stars fans will be surprised by the news, since she admitted in 2013 in a MTV documentary; “The Movement” that “”I did one movie and I came back and said, ‘I’m never doing that again. I’m going to do music for the rest of my life.'” She also went on to say in German Vogue that “I’m just not passionate about acting, because I don’t like to pretend to be somebody I’m actually not,…Why should I put on strange characters? I prefer to show my true colours as the real Miley Cyrus”.

Five ways to make a low budget music video

A good music video can really help you get more gigs, engage with your target audiences and make your music a lot more popular. The tips below will assist you in creating a good music video without breaking the bank.

  1. Two cameras are a must – If you’re on a budget opt for two cheap cameras, but this does mean that you will have to shoot in lesser quality. This is not always a bad thing, since once your video is uploaded it would have to be compressed. The great thing about using multiple cameras, is the ability to shoot different angles and have a backup recording just in case you loose footage.
  1. Lighting – Good lighting is vital, since video generally records darker than real life. If the video is shot outside during the day, choose a clear sunny day. If you are shooting at night, include a few extra lights if lighting is dim.
  2. Audio quality – Audio quality is needed for a successful music video. If you can’t afford buying good quality mics, you can rent them for a fraction of the cost. Stay clear of built in camera mics, since the audio tends to be echo-y.
  1. Editing – Basic editing software is sufficient and available for Mac (iMovie) and PC (Movie Maker). If you are unsure on how to use such software, online video tutorials are freely available.
  1. Resize your video – Once you have created your video, you may find that the file size is rather large. Compress them to a image size and quality you think is acceptable. The software mentioned above, will guide you on the quality suitable for web or DVD.

 

 

5 road safety tips for musicians on tour

Making sure you arrive safely from one gig to the next is as important as giving your fans your best performance. In order to reach your destination on time and safely, follow the tips below;

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  1. Check your vehicle- Gigs can be a fair distance from one another, to ensure that you make your gigs on time, check your vehicle’s fluids, tires (tire pressure and ball joints), lights and windscreen wipers.
  2. Pack your equipment safely- Make sure all your equipment is safely packed at the back of your vehicle. Place the heavier objects at the bottom with the lighter ones on top. Secure your equipment with cables, to ensure that they stay in place in the event of an impact.
  3. Be cautious- Make sure you tailor your driving according to your weather conditions. This means that if you are experiencing very bad weather, stop your vehicle in a safe well lit area, until the weather clears. At least 10 hours prior to driving, make sure your driver is clear of any alcohol or drugs. Designate one of your band members to sit next to the driver to assist him/ her with the GPS and to make sure the driver does not fall asleep.
  4. Take your time- Ensure that you have sufficient time to reach a gig. If possible make sure that on long drives your band can get a few hours rest at a motel. Always designate at least 2 drivers for long drives and alternate.
  5. Be prepared for emergencies – Carry a first aid box, battery cables, a flashlight, flares, warm clothing and a cell phone battery charger.