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Introducing the RL-96: a Leaner, Simpler and Better Sound Masking Controller

Recently added to our SmartSMS-NET sound masking product line, the RL96 is a rugged, compact rack-mount sound masking controller that packs a punch. It is meant to replace its bulkier predecessors, the RL120 and RL200, as one of our flagship sound masking controllers specially tailored to office spaces above 5000 square feet (460 m2). Designed with simplicity, versatility and cost-efficiency in mind, the RL96 delivers a whole new level of acoustic performance in a sleek 1U compact footprint.

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Accredited Online Courses and Events for Architects

Understanding the Technology of Sound Masking for Every Office Space

Soft dB is introducing a new course registered with the American institute of Architects (AIA) for continuing education credits. In this course, you will learn about the importance of sound masking and how it can easily be implemented in different sized offices. You will understand why speech can be overheard in an office space and learn about one of the most efficient methods of creating an office environment with the perfect balance between confidentiality and acoustic comfort. In addition, you will discover how sound masking contributes to positive change in performance and wellness of employees by increasing their privacy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basic science behind sound and architectural acoustics.
  • Learn about sound masking and its proven benefits on the working environment.
  • Become familiar with the different implementations of sound masking for open and closed office spaces.
  • Easily calculate the costs of sound masking and its return on investment.
  • Discover how sound masking positively impact Green Building acoustics without compromising esthetics.
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National Bank's New Head Office Leverages Our Sound Masking System to Ensure Occupants' Health and Well-Being.

With its unique design emphasizing collaborative, modern, bright, and technology-driven spaces, National Bank’s new head office will be one of Montreal’s most impressive office buildings. Aiming for a LEED v4 Gold and WELL certification, the building is also designed to meet the world’s strictest standards in terms of sustainable construction, integrated design and occupants’ health and well-being. By seamlessly integrating its SmartSMS-NET sound masking system into the Bank’s highly innovative construction project, Soft dB has proudly contributed to ensuring that employee well-being includes optimal acoustic comfort, confidentiality, and the ability to focus on what matters most.

SAC Nordic: Soft dB sound masking distributor in Sweden

New Swedish Distributor For Sound Masking Systems

Soft dB is proud to announce that a new partner is now responsible for promoting and selling our SmartSMS-NET Sound Masking Systems in Sweden.

SAC Nordic

Contact: Johan Björk
Prästtorpsvägen 16
S-341 51 Lagan
Sweden
Phone: +46 (0) 372 35000
Fax: +46 (0) 372 30025
www.sacnordic.com

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Q1 Newsletter 2019

For this first Newsletter of 2019, Soft dB is proud to be launching a new Centralized Touch Panel compatible with the SmartSMS-Net sound masking system. We are continuing to grow our sales team in the USA and sharing with you a number of customer’s success stories while partnering with Soft dB. Furthermore, Soft dB is opening up a new market in Russia with our new distributor: EMAG Group.

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Soft dB Blog

A new Blog section is now available on the Soft dB website. Soft dB Blog will present more in depth articles and case studies featuring different topics related to sound masking and acoustics.

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EY Chooses Soft dB in Boston

EY is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. It is taking steps to become even more attractive for its existing and future workforce. One of the step EY is taking toward this goal is to implement the Workplace of the Future initiative. EY put aside the traditional closed-office concept to a more flexible, collaborative work environment wit the help of Soft dB sound masking system. It was installed on multiple floors, covering open areas and closed offices. EY is now taking advantage of the Soft dB exclusive Adaptive Control technology that provides extraordinary acoustic confort without any compromise on confidentiality and productivity.

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Another Wells Fargo Success With Soft dB

Wells Fargo is a world renowned financial institution with a history dating back to 1852. Recently, they inaugurated a new 1.1 million-square-foot corporate office campus in Minneapolis. The new campus is home to more than 5,000 employees who are working mostly in open concept office areas.

Wells Fargo has been a long standing Soft dB sound masking customer and the management team of Wells Fargo decided yet again to trust the Soft dB technology and install the SmartSMS-Net sound masking system in all 21 floors. Thanks to Soft dB and our patented adaptive control technology, Wells Fargo’s employees can focus on individual tasks with less distractions. Also, employees having conversations or meetings can speak more freely with less concern that their conversations are being overheard.

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Design Grand Prix at Attraction Media

Soft dB is proud to announce that one of its customers has just won an award for the quality of the design of its new office space. The office of Attraction Media, located in the heart of Montreal won the award  for “Best office space of more than 20,000 sq. Ft.” at the GRAND PRIX DU DESIGN competition. The offices are equipped with open spaces area, flexible and minimalist design. Soft dB is proud to have contributed to this success by providing a state of art sound masking system in an office space with open ceilings where all Soft dB sound masking speakers where visible and yet in perfect harmony with the design without any compromise on the sound masking performance.

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SMS-CTP: A New Centralized Touchscreen Panel

Soft dB is proud to introduce the SMS-CTP, which is a centralized control panel that control the SmartSMS-NET product line. The SMS-CTP is an intuitive touch technology that allows for simple and secure sound masking volume adjustments to the sound masking system via one centralized panel.

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Desjardins in the Olympic Stadium Tower

Desjardins will participate at the 2019 Conference on the Management of Workspaces organized by Les Affaires. As one of the largest financial institution in Canada, they will present their new office space located in the tower of the Montreal Olympic Stadium. Desjardins’ office concept is absolutely stunning in this very unique location. Their offices are highly modern, with an inspiring design, and are fully equipped with our state-of-the-art sound masking system Soft dB SmartSMS-NET. Do not miss this presentation!

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New International Distributor For Sound Masking System

Soft dB is proud to announce that a new partner is now responsible for promoting and selling the SmartSMS-NET Sound Masking Systems of Soft dB in Russia.

EMAG Group

Contact: Sergey Panfilov
Москва, Золоторожский вал. д. 34 стр. 6
Адрес для почтовой переписки: 111250, г. Москва, а/я 40, получатель:
ООО “КомплектПоставка”.
Phone +7-(495)-927-0257 (ext 9126)
Fax +7-(495)-640-0957
https://emag.ru/

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The CMS-II Is Ready For Action !

Dear partners and colleagues,
Soft dB is proud to announce that CMS-II is now ready to be shipped anywhere! As you know, the CMS-II is a complete sound masking system, simple, easy to use and packed with new technologies. Tailored for small and medium offices of 5,000 ft2 (465 m2) or less, the CMS-II provides unparalleled sound masking performance at a reasonable price.
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New Sound Masking Sales Manager in the Mid-Atlantic Region

As part of its continued growth, the Soft dB team would like to inform you that Michael Fonte has joined the group as a new Sound Masking SalesManager for the territory of Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.

Michael Fonte
200 Wilson Point Road
PO Box 5015
Baltimore, MD
21220
Phone: 
(443)545-4612

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New Sound Masking Sales Manager for Chicago

As part of its continued growth, the Soft dB team would like to inform you that Anthony Wilson has joined the group as a new Sound Masking SalesManager for the territory of Illinois

Anthony Wilson
PO Box 656
17541 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, Il
60429
Phone:  (708)-945-3812

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Q4 Newsletter 2018

For our Soft dB Newsletter this quarter, we’re launching a brand new sound masking controller, presenting a paper at Inter-Noise, helping a customer with its confidentiality issues in an office tower equipped with radiant ceilings and raised floors and we’re traveling to Charlotte to meet with Facilities Managers from all around the world. Just another exciting and busy couple of months at Soft dB.

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CMS-II: A new controller for small & medium offices

The CMS-II is a complete sound masking system, simple, easy to use and packed with new technologies. Tailored for small and medium offices of 5,000 ft2 (465 m2) or less, the CMS-II provides unparalleled sound masking performance at a reasonable price.

Each CMS-II controller unit provides:

  • Intuitive touch screen interface
  • 1 or 2 channels: up to 12 or 24 speakers
  • Up to 12 Equalizer Presets
  • Volume, treble and base adjustment.
  • Music input & mixer
  • Adjustable Ramp-Up (1 day to 4 weeks)
  • Password locking
  • Desktop, Wall or Wall Flush-mount

The CMS-II works with the complete range of Soft dB sound masking speakers therefore allowing the system to be installed in virtually any office configuration: open offices, closed offices, meeting rooms, tile ceilings, open ceiling, raised floors, radiant metal ceilings, etc.

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Soft dB Sound Masking, the Perfect Match With Radiant Heat Ceilings at BCI

For British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), the choice of raised floor and metal radiant heat ceilings came with many advantages, except for the acoustics.

As their new building in Victoria, BC, Canada was being built, the directors of BCI came in contact with Jason Booij, Sales Manager at the Sound Masking division of Soft dB.

The challenge was to put a state of the art sound masking system with the Soft dB Adaptive Control feature without any access to the plenum space. To complicate matters even more, the metal radiant ceiling tiles could not be equipped with surface speakers since these special tiles could not be cut or drilled to install any surface speaker.

Soft dB came up with a very smart way to install low profile flat sound masking speakers in the limited space of the raised floor. Furthermore, the Soft dB flat speakers were able to produce a very well balanced sound masking spectrum throughout the entire office after the calibration was performed. 

This project with BCI is a prime example of how Soft dB expertise in office acoustic can help facilities managers around the world solve their open office acoustic issues. Soft dB has 6 different types of sound masking speakers to meet any type of office configuration. 

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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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IFMA World Workplace Conference in Charlotte, NC

In October this year again, the Soft dB sound masking team was pleased to meet old and new customers at the IFMA World Workplace Conference in Charlotte, NC. The customer reaction was very positive during the launch of the new Surf4 & SMS HDN sound masking speakers.

To learn more about these two products, follow these links

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New Sound Masking Sales Manager

As part of its continued growth, the Soft dB team would like to inform you that Michael Smoyer has joined the group as a new sound masking sales manager for the territory of California. He is based in San Francisco. Mike has had a distinguished career in business development in building automation in California.

Michael Smoyer
1005 Northgate Dr.
PO Box 323
San Rafael
CA 94903
Phone: (213) 200-8041

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New International Distributor For Sound Masking System

Soft dB is proud to announce that a new partner is now responsible for promoting and selling the SmartSMS-NET Sound Masking Systems of Soft dB in Hong Kong.

Wah Lam Company Limited

Contact: Edmon Lam
Rm G, 4/F Block 2,
Golden Dragon Industrial Centre,
162-170 Tai Lin Pai Road,
Kwai Chung, N.T., H.K.
Phone:  852-3153 5023
fax: 852-3153 5028

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I-Track Continues to Impress

In a recent article, San Francisco-based VACC inc. (Vibro-Acoustic Consultants) praises the Soft dB I-Track sound intensity imaging system. The article showcases the benefits of sound intensity measurements over sound pressure level measurements. Thanks to this Soft dB technology, the company stands out from their competition by offering more accurate and easily data. Discover for yourself how the I-Track system identifies sound sources.

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Sound Masking, the Modern Solution for Noisy Hospitals

In the article “Patients discharging themselves while still sick because of wards are too noisy at night, research finds” published in the newspaper The Telegraph, the journalist Katie French describes the acoustical environment of some hospitals. The many sophisticated equipment in emergency rooms are so noisy that some patients return home before they have finished their treatment. Follow the link to read the article

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Soft dB Consulting in New-England

Soft dB has been offering acoustical and vibration consulting since 1996. Our team of Ph.D.’s, engineers and technicians work around the world to solve noise and vibration problems. The natural progression for Soft dB has been to open an office in the Boston metropolitan area to better serve the New England market.

This new office, led by the acoustician Franck Pérot Ph.D., will be focused on the following acoustical consultancy services:

  • Environmental Noise
  • Industrial Noise
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Architectural Acoustics
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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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