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What are acoustic fabrics?
Acoustic fabrics are designed to control sound conditions in architectural environments.
They are used in all types of settings including recording studios, sound sets, dance, drama and music rehearsal rooms or in venues ranging from museums, schools and auditoriums to theatres. Our acoustic engineers are constantly putting our textiles to the test to offer you the ultimate noise controlling solution.
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Why should you use acoustic fabrics?
Noise standards and regulations concerning maximum noise levels during live performances make optimal sound quality more important than ever before.
Furthermore, the acoustic conditions of venues themselves determine the majority of sound quality factors. Acoustic conditions can often be improved by using sound dampening drapes.
Apart from absorbing sound - allowing for an element of acoustic “tuning” within a room - acoustic curtains also have a range of other applications, such as covering window areas and dividing spaces.
Types of acoustic fabrics
Acoustical fabrics come in many types and forms:
The difference between sound absorption and sound insulation, explained in 60 seconds.
Spaces that create an echo or which are noisy even when very little sound is being made, need sound-absorbing materials. These focus on sound problems occurring inside a space that is probably large, open or that has many hard surfaces reflecting the sound.
Sound-absorbing curtains and panels primarily deal with the shortening of reverberation times, improving speech intelligibility and decreasing background noise. ShowTex acoustic materials are ideal for absorbing and controlling sound waves.
Want to improve sound quality and reduce reverberation levels within a venue? Choose from our range of velvet, cotton or wool drapes.
Where sound absorption focuses on how sound behaves inside a single room, sound insulation deals with problems occurring between several spaces or buildings.
ShowTex offers acoustic fabrics that reduce the transmission of sound from one area to another. Combining either sound-absorbing and/or sound-reflective fabrics will improve the degree of speech privacy or reduce unwanted noises from within or outside a room.
Check out our sound-insulating drapes
Acoustically transparent curtains
Scenic fabrics with a netted structure can be used to mask speakers or other audio installations without affecting sound quality. ShowTex even offers a unique acoustically transparent velvet which lets sound through perfectly: Velours Transsonic (or view our full range of sound-transparent products).
How to use acoustic fabrics
An acoustic fabric can be used in a multitude of ways:
Flexible & functional furnishing
Curtains, fabric panels and acoustic baffles are easily adjusted, relatively economical and often an integral design element of a space. Use them in offices, museums, schools and auditoriums or in venues ranging from theatres and recording studios to dance, drama and music rehearsal rooms.
By combining certain fabrics, our acoustic curtains can divide a large space into several smaller ones without having to make this change permanently. Simply open and close the drapes and transform any space within a few seconds!
Need inspiration? Check out this office space which uses our system to quickly transform the "rooms".
Sleek & subtle panels
ShowTex also offers standard off-the-shelf Acoustic Panels for walls and ceilings. With an exceptional sound absorption coefficient of 1.00, they are ideal for schools, offices, congress halls, recording studios and so much more. Their particularly dry acoustic effect eliminates most of the early and late reflections with just a few ceiling or wall panels in proportion to the room’s total surface and volume.
As functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand, custom-printed acoustic drapes or panels can provide a practical solution while adding a unique vibe to your space. Customise any multi-layered acoustic curtain with a print that fits your taste, print a sound-transparent fabric to mask speakers and other audio installations in a creative way or incorporate your artwork in an acoustic wall covering that will instantly increase the level of sound absorption in your room.
What DETERMINES the price of an acoustic drape?
Every acoustic curtain is different and needs to be fully adapted to the acoustic requirements of your venue. Let's take a closer look at the main factors which greatly influence the pricing of any acoustic solution.
Type of fabric
From extra-thick and luxuriously looking new velvet drapes over multi-layered curtains to budget-friendly Molton. The type of fabric will have an effect on the eventual cost. Luckily there's an acoustic material available for every budget. The key is to find the right balance between the desired acoustic result and the best-suited material for your budget.
The fabric width in relation to the final curtain size and the desired finishing of the drape both influence the price of your acoustic solution.
Acoustic materials come in a wide range of standard colours. More personalised options like custom-dyed fabrics and digitally printed drapes are also possible but usually come at an additional cost.
Depending on the weight of the curtain and the desired movement of the drape, a specific frame, curtain rail or track system will best suit your acoustic solution. There are elegant and lightweight rails for interior purposes, but also large and heavy-duty tracks, either manually operated or motorised; the suspension options and associated budgets are very diverse.
Do you want to discuss your project's budget with one of our experts? Get in touch!
Case study: enhancing the acoustics of an office space
Today’s businesses are dynamic, impulsive and constantly changing. Office spaces must therefore be flexible enough to respond to these organisational changes and to the need for personal comfort and technological development.
A system of acoustic curtains can be the solution to rearrange offices while allowing for endless possibilities in terms of functionality and appearance.
Find out how our engineers enhanced the acoustics of an office space full of sound-reflecting materials. (Photo © Tim Van de Velde)
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