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Direct-Field vs Plenum Speakers: Hype and Reality

At the fall 2018 InterNoise conference in Chicago, Soft dB presented a scientific study based on measurable and repeatable experiments to demonstrate the reality, beyond the marketing hype. The conclusions of the study are very interesting:
  • Spatial uniformity of the masking sound is better (more uniform) with a plenum system than a direct field
  • In the case of a sound masking system in a plenum space with obstruction, the spatial uniformity is still better than a direct field system
Soft dB is a world class sound masking systems manufacturer and offers both configurations. Direct field sound masking speakers make sense in some office configuration where the plenum height is limited or when paging is required. However, for all other applications, a plenum system will typically be a better option for sound masking efficiency and confort.
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Q2 Newsletter 2018

Soft dB is proud to present yet again its quarterly newsletter. In this second edition of the year, the spotlight is on our Soft dB consulting division in New England, new sound masking products, the I-Track in the news and much more!

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Rockfon uses Soft dB's sound imaging technology

Rockfon, a subsidiary of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL International, produces acoustic solutions for ceilings and walls. In their blog article  “SEEING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE NOISE” we discover how their products perform to control the noise passing through a ceiling. The very precise sound images presented in the article were created using the I-Track system, Soft dB’s very own sound intensity mapping system. As the author says :  “This color-mapping method helps to bridge the gap between the technical, quantitative side of acoustics and the visual side of design in an impactful and memorable way.”

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Q1 Newsletter 2018

Soft dB is proud to present yet again its quarterly newsletter. In this first edition of 2018, we have a lot of exciting news to convey: product launches, award winning projects, partners in the news and our team is growing!

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Q4 Newsletter 2017

In our newsletter for this month, we talk about a compelling scientific paper that was presented at the Noise-Con 2017 conference. The paper presented the tangible benefits of Adaptive Volume Control, an exclusive feature of the Soft dB sound masking system. You will also discover why France has reduced the legal sound limit for concerts and night clubs. But first, let’s start with an invitation to meet with our Sound Masking Team at  IFMA’s World WorkPlace Conference in Houston.

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Article: “Soft dB breaks the silence” (French)

(Québec) Du bruit, Soft dB n’en fait pas beaucoup. «C’est dans notre ADN de ne pas faire de bruit», pousse André L’Espérance, fondateur et président de cette discrète entreprise technologique du quartier Montcalm, à Québec. «Notre système de masquage sonore, c’est le joyau de notre porte-folio», s’enthousiasme le vice-président Jean-François Cauchon qui est aussi l’un des six actionnaires de l’entreprise. «Le contrat de 22 millions $ que nous venons de décrocher auprès d’un revendeur texan illustre bien le fait que notre technologie a fait ses preuves et qu’elle répond à un besoin, notamment avec la popularité des environnements de travail offrant des aires ouvertes.»

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Q3 Newsletter 2017

This week in the Soft dB newsletter you will discover a sound masking installation in one of the most beautiful buildings in London. In addition, the sound masking team continues to grow with a new representative among its ranks and new international distributors. Montreal offices change of address to settle in larger spaces, in the same neighborhood

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Article: “The Sound of the Changing Work Environment"

Open office environments face these three problems: 1. Their office is too loud and disruptive because the sound travels throughout the space without the physical barriers to stop it . 2. Their office is too quiet, there is no background sound at all and when people do talk their co-workers can hear every single word, sneeze or laugh in the entire space (open and closed offices). 3. There are oral privacy issues that need to be addressed regarding HR, legal, HIPPA confidential conversations, mostly in private offices. Sound masking can be used to treat these three issues…

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Article - Effect of noise comfort in openplan offices

The Number One Enemy of Open-Plan Offices: NOISE!  According to a recent study, 70% of US companies opt for open-plan offices, this proportion is 60% for French companies(1). Unlike the 1990s, when this type of space was found mainly in communications and high-tech companies, open-plan offices are now found in all types of businesses. This choice of office configuration comes with its share of problems, of which noise is the worst.

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Masking Sound in the World of Open Office Spaces

Soft dB’s Lynn Lombardo considers sound masking in open office spaces and the key links between background noise and workplace productivity.

The rise of open office spaces has generally been seen as a net positive in improving collaboration and communication within the workplace. While there’s no denying these kind of workplaces have brought many organizations closer together through promoting consistent teamwork — the jury is still out with regard to its effects on workplace noise.

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Q2 Newsletter 2017

modern pharmacy concept using Sound Masking System ! Amongst other innovations and new concepts based on Well-Being, the owners of this new pharmacy chose Soft dB Sound Masking Systems to improve the confidentiality of discussions between clients and pharmacists

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SmartSMS-NET - The New Volume Control

With the smartSMS-NET Volume Control the end-users can adjust the volume of sound masking and music for any given zone.

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Our advanced sound masking technology will transform your workspace.

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Our advanced sound masking technology will transform your workspace.