About Jeremy Luscombe

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

Call Centre Acoustics: A Definitive Guide

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00July 13th, 2015|Office Acoustics|

We Already Dislike Unsolicited Calls - So Why All The Noise? More and more nowadays I get calls from someone in telesales whose voice I can't hear because of background clatter. I'm calling it: I think call centres have some of the worst acoustic environments - and for a business that relies on clarity of conversation and minimal disturbance to customers - it's not exactly ideal. Take time to sort out the noise environment in your call centre and you will not only [...]

Sound & The Anatomy Of The Ideal Classroom

By |2021-03-16T13:59:55+00:00April 14th, 2015|BB93, School Acoustics|

Late last year a group of US scientists took it upon themselves to discover the anatomy of the perfect classroom. Their findings included: Natural light is critical to student satisfaction and academic performance. Even after controlling for socioeconomic and race factors, students exposed to more sunlight performed 2% - 26% better in numeracy and literacy tests compared to students in classrooms with little to no sunlight. The ideal temperature for a classroom is between 20 - 23 degrees Celsius. The performance of [...]

Another Step Towards Sustainable Acoustic Design

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00March 30th, 2015|Sustainability|

Last week Ecophon announced that it has made a huge leap towards a completely sustainable life cycle of acoustic panels - with their acoustic ceiling panels now completely green and eco-friendly. Acoustics is one of the industries where it is possible to take full advantage of one the most common items that we throw in our recycling bins every day: glass. When natural sand and recycled glass is mixed at high temperatures, the glass that is produced is converted into fibers  - resulting [...]

Reduce Office Noise In 6 Simple Steps

By |2024-07-05T11:55:38+00:00January 9th, 2015|Acoustics, Sound Absorption, Office Acoustics|

It may be the leader in a social revolution, and wield immense power, yet Google has earned the wrath of one US journalist over its choice of office design. According to Lindsay Kaufman, Google is just one in a long list of globally resognised organisations that are ditching partitioned partitioned offices for open-plan designs, which she states are "beautifully airy, and yet remarkably oppressive", jeopardising privacy, particularly conversations. Even Toronto's new mayor John Tory has taken issue with the noise environment in his [...]

7 Restaurants With Beautiful Acoustic Designs

By |2021-03-02T17:36:32+00:00December 12th, 2014|Restaurant Acoustics|

7 Restaurants With Beautiful Acoustic Design The worst acoustic environments are essentially hollow boxes with hard, reverberant surfaces that meet each other at right angles, allowing lengthy reverberation. Unfortunately, with the advent of the highly stylised restaurant, more and more dining spaces are becoming acoustically uncomfortable, with traditional restaurants with soft, absorptive surfaces being replaced by the modern minimalist interior. While acoustics are becoming more and more common, restaurants with comfortable sound environments are still few and far between. As we have [...]

BB93 Update: What You Need To Know

By |2020-10-20T14:34:31+00:00December 4th, 2014|BB93, School Acoustics|

Update: The BB93 Update was officially released on December 19, 2014. Access it here. Since its introduction in 2003, BB93 guidelines have set the standard for acoustic design and requirements in UK schools. However, it has been obvious for sometime that the guidelines have failed to stay up-to-date with the modernisation of schools and the continuing complexity of these spaces - leading to the announcement of a comprehensive review of the guidelines back in 2008. Well, after more than five years, the updated [...]

Just How Effective Are Sound Absorbing Panels?

By |2020-04-16T10:49:24+00:00November 6th, 2014|Sound Absorption, Office Acoustics|

The effectiveness of acoustic panels is something often questioned by our clients. While soundproofing a room is simple enough to test - just stand outside the treated room and listen for any noise escaping - reducing, rather than eradicating noise, isn't so easily measured. You can do the simple 'slap echo' test, but this is hardly the type of test you want to use to demonstrate your work. Every once in a while, our clients will want us to show them just how effective [...]

A Big Tip On Reducing Restaurant Noise

By |2020-07-14T08:29:05+00:00October 31st, 2014|Restaurant Acoustics|

Speaking of the late great American food critic Craig Craiborne, the US author Thomac Mcnamee speculated that if he "were alive today, and he walked into the Slanted Door in San Francisco , I believe he would turn around and walk back without tasting the food". The highest grossing restaurant in San Francisco, The Slanted Door didn't earn the ire of McNamee for its food or its famed view, but for the simple fact that it is too noisy inside. After all, what is [...]

More Noise Must Be Made To Prevent Industrial Deafness Claims

By |2017-08-15T14:37:11+00:00October 10th, 2014|Acoustics, Sound Masking, Sound Absorption, Industrial Acoustics, Health & Safety, Office Acoustics|

The last decade has seen a dramatic shift in the landscape of workplace health and safety claims. A clampdown by the insurance industry on whiplash injuries – once the bane of insurers – has been replaced with a new cash cow for litigation lawyers: industrial deafness. The Association of British Insurers recently announced its plans to mount a lobbying campaign targeting the phenomenon; but while it scrambles to stem the ever increasing tide of claims, what can businesses do to prevent industrial deafness [...]