Working with an Acoustic Consultant
While we are happy to offer project advice based on years of experience, we highly recommend working with an acoustic engineer on larger products.
These professionals, known in the industry as “Acoustic Consultants” can provide a wide range of services such as:
- Room Acoustics Modelling: using specialist software, they simulate how your space will sound, providing you with aural comparisons so you can hear the difference yourself.
- Desktop acoustic assessment: on smaller scale projects where 3d modelling isn’t necessary.
- Goal setting: Identifying the key measures that will be used to assess the acoustic performance of the finished space.
- Material, finish and treatments selection: Helping you find the right materials and treatments for you project.
- Technical assessment of the finished building: Ensuring that the acoustic goals have been met.
New to acoustics?
We have been working with consultants across the industry for some years and will be glad to help pair you with the right professional for your project.
If you are considering working with an acoustic consultant, we would suggest a few simple steps to help make your project productive and successful as possible.
1. Learn their language
You don’t have to be an acoustics expert to create a space that sounds great. That’s the advantage of working with an acoustic consultant. However, a decent grasp of the basic concepts around acoustics will really help you to communicate effectively with your consultant and ensure that they fully understand your requirements.
2. Choose the right consultant
It’s important to get the right consultant for the project. Experience, specialist knowledge and resources will vary, so make sure you take the time to choose the right one. Experience is perhaps the most important factor for most requirements. Have they worked on projects like yours in the past? Do they have the references/ testimonials to back it up? Arrange an initial consultation and ask lots of questions
3. Define your requirements clearly
At commencement of the project, make sure you have a clear idea of what you’re trying to achieve, acoustically, functionally and visually. Of course, your consultant can help you clearly define your acoustic requirements, but the better you can define how you would like the space to look, feel sound and perform, the better they can help you achieve the desired results.
4. Define the scope of the project
A consultant’s level of involvement in a project can vary considerably. Are you looking for a complete service, from analysis of the space, in-depth design advice, help with sourcing materials, right through to testing for the desired result? Or do you just want a simpler service with more general recommendations? Define this early and avoid confusion later. Asking the consultant to provide an itemised written quotation is a good idea before commencing work.