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What is an Acoustic Consultant?

What is an Acoustic Consultant? Do You Need One?

An Acoustic Consultant, sometimes referred to as an Acoustic Engineer is a sound expert. They specialize in solving problems related to noise and vibrations. In many cases Acoustic Consultants hold a Master’s degree in a related engineering field like audio, mechanical, or electrical. They provide technical and creative approaches to achieve quality results.

Research shows that more people today are aware of noise and the needs for an acoustically intelligent space. Therefore, more people and companies look for assistance from an Acoustic Consultant. However, hiring an acoustic consultant can be costly, but well worth the investment. Later in this article we’ll discuss when the best times to work with a consultant would be.

These sound and vibration experts work in a variety of areas, including:

  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Industrial Noise Control
  • Environmental Noise Evaluation and Control
  • Forensic Acoustics
  • Acoustic Product and System Design
  • Mechanical System Noise and Vibration Control
  • Construction and Highway Noise Control

What Does an Acoustic Consultant Do?

Acoustics Consultants assess the impact of sound, vibration, and reverberation at sites and spaces. Their purpose is to provide customers with knowledge pertaining to their current situation and provide recommendations on how to make improvements.

They accomplish their purpose by utilizing advanced equipment to conduct tests. These tests help them isolate and pinpoint noise sources and calculate reverberation times at sites. From their findings, they create a report outlining their assessment and recommendations.

Acoustic Consultants are extremely important in the planning and development phases of projects. They can help customers abide to local noise ordinances by assessing construction practices, plants, and other facilities where noise may be a concern.

They can also assist teams such as architects and mechanical engineers. During the design of architectural spaces and HVAC systems, for example, an acoustic consultant can provide valuable information regarding soundproofing and sound quality.

Typical Tasks Include:
  • Use of advanced equipment to measure sound levels precisely
  • Model data for visual presentations
  • Identify the physical source of the noise in question
  • Create summaries of the issues with suggestions for mitigation
  • Customize solutions for the location with aesthetic appeal in mind
  • Organize proposals and data to apply for grants and prospective jobs
  • Translate design needs and technical aspects in a straightforward manner
  • Understand the effects of sound on the environment, humans, animals, and equipment
  • Identify critical design needs to reduce unwanted sound and comply with building codes
  • Utilize their in-depth knowledge about sound absorbing treatments
  • Use engineering software and CAD design programs to create 3D renderings and models
  • Possess experience with local building inspection requirements, permits, and regulations
  • Understand how contributing environmental factors affect sound levels
  • Use systems with noise absorbing materials versus older sound-reflecting technologies
  • Conduct research and host conferences showcasing the most current data and treatments

When Should You Hire a Consultant?

Hiring an Acoustic Consultant can be a smart long-term investment. Many corporations want to ensure that the acoustics in a new expansion is thoughtful and creates a pleasant environment. Likewise, cities and municipalities may want to hire a consultant to determine the effect of noise around a construction site. Every project and need is unique.

For small to medium size businesses, hiring an acoustic consultant may be cost-prohibitive. However, they still may want to make acoustic improvements to their space. That is where a company like DDS Acoustical Specialties comes in.

Is DDS Acoustical Specialties an Acoustic Consultant?

At DDS Acoustical Specialties, we work to develop strong relationships with Acoustic Consultants and are not consultant ourselves. We are however, the go-to supplier and installer of specialty acoustic products in the Northeast US. When a consultant provides a report on their findings they may recommend a company like ours. We then work with a customer to supply and/or install the necessary and desired products.

Additionally, we provide basic surveys, assessments, and recommendations to businesses who may not be able to afford the cost of a traditional consultant.

Where to find an Acoustic Consultant

National Council of Acoustical Consultants

Reputable and honest acoustical consultants can be found nationwide. The National Council of Acoustical Consultants has a robust database of members and resources available.

What Kind of Products Do Acoustic Consultants Recommend?

Depending on the industry and need, an Acoustic Consultant may recommend a number of different soundproofing and sound absorption products.

Soundproofing Products
  • Mass Loaded Vinyl Noise Barrier
  • Metal Barrier Walls and Enclosures
  • Acoustic Doors
  • Acoustic Windows
  • Curtain Panel Walls and Enclosures
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Vibration Isolation Clips and Pads
  • Acoustic Floor Underlayment
  • Test Cells
  • HVAC Silencers and Louvers
  • Acoustic Pipe and Duct Wrap
Sound Absorption Products
  • Wall and Ceiling Panels*
  • Ceiling Baffles and Clouds*
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Quilted Fiberglass Sound Absorbers

*Available in a variety of design aesthetics. Custom shapes, sizes, and colors. Available using fiberglass, foam, and PET.

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