About Jeremy Luscombe

Digital marketing manager @Resonics. All about acoustics, sound design and psychoacoustics.

12 Ways Noise Affects Worker Well-being And Productivity

By |2024-05-30T16:15:02+00:00January 18th, 2024|Productivity, Office Acoustics|

Noise in the workplace annoys us - a lot. Surveys show that we care more about interior acoustics than we do about how clean our workplaces are, what we sit on and the temperature of our offices. This sucks because the world is getting louder. Much louder. And our workplaces are not immune. But the volume isn't being cranked up on its own. A lot of the blame for clamorous offices can be levelled at the trend of open plan offices. Sound affects us psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally, even [...]

Why Bad Acoustics Can Hurt Your Restaurants’ Bottom Line

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00January 1st, 2024|Restaurant Acoustics|

Unless you are very geeky, the thought of architectural acoustics is probably enough to put you to sleep. But if I told you it could mean something that could get between you and enjoying your food, would you pipe up? It it well documented by now that noise affects one of our most prized senses, taste. However, it is not only our taste that can suffer from excessive decibel levels; almost all aspects of a dining experience can be shaped by a restaurant's noise environment. Despite this, restaurateurs are [...]

How To Soundproof Your Apartment: The Myths & What You Can Realistically Do

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00February 1st, 2020|Sound Proofing|

There are some pretty hair-brained ideas on the internet about how to solve one of life’s many bug bears – noisy neighbours. Despite what some think, it is much more complicated than laying a shaggy rug on your floor or strategically placing a bookshelf against a wall. The reality is that absolute soundproofing is a professional, or adept DIY handyman's, job. This is because soundproofing, as opposed to sound absorption, eliminates all gaps between the two spaces through which the noise is transferring. Therefore, [...]

Guide To Perfect Home Cinema Acoustics

By |2021-03-02T17:40:08+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Acoustics|

Going to the movies is often described as an ‘immersive’ experience, like you are there in the movie, completely involved. This is because commercial cinemas are constructed with speakers that surround the listener, each of which are responsible for a different type of audio such as dialogue, soundtrack and ambient noise. The ability of the human ear to identify these sound sources and create a detailed soundscape is part of what makes going to the movies so great. For decades, enjoying this experience has meant [...]

Biophilic Design – The New Way To Reduce Office Noise?

By |2024-04-06T07:16:31+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Psychoacoustics, Health & Safety, Office Acoustics|

Connecting with nature brings a range of physiological benefits for humans. It is no wonder then that the latest architectural trend aims to bring the outdoors inside. Introduction What is Biophilic Design? The Benefits of Biophilic Design Biophilia & Acoustics How plants reduce noise Using biophilia for good acoustics In 1877, naturalist and author John Muir, writing about his adventures to the rugged and largely unchartered planes of Alaska reflected that “In every walk with nature, one received far more than one [...]

Taking Noise Off The Restaurant Menu, With Action On Hearing Loss

By |2024-04-06T07:16:31+00:00December 6th, 2016|Restaurant Acoustics|

For years now we have been harping on about the poor acoustic environments of cafes, bars and restaurants. We have spoken of the shifting trend of restaurant interiors from softly furnished, spacious spaces, to the minimalist, hard surfaced and densely packed restaurants of today. We have also talked about just how loud some restaurants are becoming - up to 100 decibels, the same level of noise emitted by a working newspaper press. Yet despite our pleas, and those of many others for restaurants to at least to [...]

7 Technologies That Will Make The Future Quiet

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00June 24th, 2016|Sustainability, Sound Proofing|

The world is a noisy place. So noisy, in fact, that scientists believe that there is no place left on earth that is untouched by man-made noise. You might think that the North Pole might be a candidate for a bit of peace and quiet, yet even commercial airlines fly over the Arctic Circle between North America and Europe. You literally cannot escape noise in the modern world. So will there be any respite? At the same time that man made noise pollution is [...]

12 Lesser-Known Buildings With Amazing Acoustics

By |2024-05-30T11:04:06+00:00March 23rd, 2016|Acoustics, Psychoacoustics|

The world of acoustics is not just confined to finely tuned auditoriums and recording studios. The most intriguing sonic experiences can be had in some of the world’s unique buildings and structures. From the soothing sounds found at a UFO monitoring station in the heart of a Californian desert, to the world's longest reverb in disused oil tanks in Scotland, stunning soundscapes permeate all corners of the globe. Planning a trip anytime soon? Why not stimulate your ears with a detour to some of the world's lesser known sonic [...]

Guide To Improving Home Studio Acoustics

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00September 29th, 2015|Acoustics, Sound Proofing, Recording Studio Acoustics|

  Click infographic to enlarge. Not all studios are created equal. Anyone can buy some budget monitors and a cheap microphone, stick them in the corner of a room and voila! Home recording studio. But what separates the wheat from the chaff is the ability to make the right tweaks that will take your recording game to the next level. Use the following tips to turn your humble home set-up into a well-tuned recording studio. Accuracy VS Soundproofing. [...]

5 Of The Best Acoustic Solutions For Sports Halls

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00August 17th, 2015|Acoustic Panels, Reverberation Time, School Acoustics|

Sports halls need special consideration when they are being acoustically treated - meaning that the right combination of acoustic panels must be chosen. This is for four reasons: Sports halls usually have particularly poor acoustics due to their designs: high impact surfaces like concrete and brick are highly noise reflective and lead to prolonged reverberation times. Sports halls are usually large cubes with no soft surfaces - making them harsh sound environments. Parallel surfaces, typically far away from each other, mean noise is efficiently propelled around [...]