"Every second, you hear sounds, embedding them into your mind. Yet when these sounds are uncontrolled, they can turn into a polluted environment full of reverberation and acoustical glare. Acoustics is an important issue that determines the quality of the sounds we take in. It is usually not addressed properly from the outset, and the resulting problems can be solved by custom designs that are time and resource consuming; however, it is usually left unresolved. In our search for quality, we bring a solution to the issue of acoustic clarity with our panels: choosing from perforation configurations, materials and surface textures as well as three dimensional options, you can build acoustically and aesthetically pleasing environments. The forms Mikodam offers are shaped with acoustic calculations and aesthetic requirements in mind. The isolators located between the rails and the walls stop vibrations from spreading and prevent undesired resonances.
We believe that acquiring true interior quality (or quality in any subject) requires multiple elements that are of high quality. Acoustics, being one of these aspects, can affect the entire experience of a person in a particular space, public or private.
How a particular space should be treated to reach the desired acoustic quality varies according to elements such as the size of the space, the number and intensity of sound sources, the number and angles of surfaces forming the space, the materials used on each surface, and how sound travels within the space. The calibrations made taking all these factors into consideration in order to reach the desired quality of sound are called acoustic alterations. Concert halls, conference halls, meeting rooms, home theaters, spaces for listening to music, restaurants and bars, gaming spaces, spaces designed for virtual reality experiences, and entertainment spaces: each has different acoustic scenarios and different acoustic needs that should be addressed meticulously.
The size of a space plays a role in acoustics, determining how far the sounds can reach. Possible acoustic defects are that the sound does not reach all parts of the space equally, the sound does not reach the furthest sections of the space, the sound reaches all borders at a high intensity level, causing acoustical glare, or the sound collects, resulting in an echo.
Sound sources – instruments, humans, the environment, speakers – release sounds at different frequencies, angles, intensities and propagation speeds. The number and location of sound sources differ in different scenarios. For instance, while stereo systems are preferred for listening to music, surround sound systems are chosen for home theatres. Surround sound systems deliver the sound to their audience from sources with different positions and angles, creating an acoustic experience that is closer to reality, increasing the effect that the sound has on the audience.
Depending on the variables sound is treated in three ways: reflection, scattering or absorption. In cases where the space is large, but the source is natural or limited, the sound needs to be reflected to reach all spots in the space. The sounds that reflect from different surfaces might reach the listener at different intervals. In order to eliminate these undesired effects, the sound needs to be treated with both absorption and scattering. It is mandatory to eliminate the pollution caused by reflections in order to reach sound clarity. Undesired pollution is caused when a sound coming from a certain direction reflects after reaching the opposite end, and in such a case the sound should be absorbed.
Sound waves reflect more on corners with right angles; using sound absorbing panels on the corners of a space will increase its acoustic quality. However, when sound absorption is excessive, the sound in the space becomes dull and unnatural. Especially in spaces such as movie theaters, where one wants to feel as if she is in a different world, or in public spaces such as restaurants and bars where it shouldn’t be too silent, remaining lively while avoiding acoustical glare, it is recommended to scatter the sound.
Reverberation time is the time that elapses between the point when the sound reflects from the surfaces in the room to the point where the listener hears the reflected sounds. It is directly proportional to the volume of the space, while it is inversely proportional to the absorbing characteristics of the materials within the space. Mass is also has an effect on reverberation: the weight of the panels decreases the vibration, thus contributing to the acoustic quality.
Lastly, attaining acoustic quality also means preventing sounds from outside from penetrating the space and vice versa. It is important to use isolators for this purpose.
The number of variables involved in acoustic quality is the reason that professionals at Mikodam test our panels and report the results of their acoustic reactions. This way, Mikodam can best serve your acoustic needs. Mikodam panels help create acoustically improved environments without compromising on aesthetics.
Common spaces benefit from Mikodam panels as much as spaces that are designed for acoustic activities. You will feel the difference Mikodam panels bring to any experience, even a simple conversation. Our subconscious plays a vital role in determining how we feel; a solution that is both visually and aurally fulfilling will enhance the delight in all your experiences.
Each configuration has a different acoustic ratio depending on the number of panels, the materials and textures, and the size and ratio of perforations (if used). Each interior has its own acoustic requirements and at least one of the Mikodam panel lines will suit your needs.