What is Sound Masking ?

Technology

How Does It Work ?

In office spaces, the background noise level is generally low. Hence, people unintentionally overhear conversations – a difficult situation for all concerned. To address this problem, sound masking systems emit a soft, inconspicuous background sound with the use of a loudspeaker system. The ambient sound level becomes more uniform and otherwise noisy distractions are muffled by the sound masking.

Sound masking makes undesirable conversations and other noise distractions less audible. The result: Employees are less distracted, they are able to concentrate better, and their productivity rises measurably !

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Active Volume Control

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Real-Time Adaptive Adjustment of Masking Volume According to Ambient Noise

An office space is a dynamic environment in which ambient noise and the volume of sound distractions vary a great deal depending on the schedule and activities underway. To be optimal, sound masking must adapt to changes: It must increase during very active periods, and become more discreet when the area is quieter. Only SmartSMS makes this possible !

Effective Masking at All Times

Our adaptive adjustment system (US 8116461 B2) identifies variations in ambient noise in real time, from signals supplied by sound level sensors installed in the ceiling of the work space. And, thanks to an advanced signal-processing technology, it automatically adjusts the masking volume depending on the intensity of conversational noise and other noise distractions.

Smart Volume Adjustment to Maximize Acoustic Confort

The active volume control system provides an unparalleled optimization of both acoustic comfort and effective sound masking.

 

Real-Time Adaptive Adjustment Features

  • Control of masking volume based on the level of disturbing noise in a room.
  • Disturbing noise is measured using sound level sensors installed in the ceiling.
  • Masking sound level is adjusted automatically in real-time.
  • Adjustment rate, high limit and low limit are programmable separately, for each zone.
  • An input mixer allows for the combination of any active input with any output channel.

Automatic Equalization

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Unique Automatic Equalization Process that Ensures Precise Adjustment of the Masking Spectrum

The challenge: to produce optimum masking sound for all work space characteristics. Parameters such as size, type of ceiling, wall coverings, and furnishings have a direct influence on the propagation of sound masking. If the masking system is not properly calibrated to the specific conditions of the room, it becomes ineffective and/or irritating.

The advantage of SmartSMS-NET is that it adapts to characteristics that are specific to each work environment. Its unique calibration system (patent no.: US 7460675 B2) uses a sensor to measure the acoustic response and the background noise in the space. Based on this data, it automatically calculates the noise spectrum that must be used to emit a soft, uniform, and non-disruptive masking noise.

Rapid Calibration, Accurate Results

With SmartSMS-NET, a masking zone can be completely calibrated in less than one minute, thanks to Soft dB automatic calibration process (pat. US 7460675 B2).

This automatic adjustment is done not only on 1 /3 octave bands, but on 340 narrow band spectrum. It is quick, precise and provides an unparalleled regular smooth and comfortable sound masking spectrum.

The calibration quality is measured by the system’s integrated frequency analyzer. At a glance, it provides indications as to whether the masking generated is in complete conformity with the desired sound spectrum.

Network Capabilities

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Wired and/or Wifi Networked Sound Masking System

The SmartSMS-NET is very flexible, it can cover small or large masking zones. It combines the flexibility of networked system and the cost efficiency of centralized systems. Changes can be made very easily, the layout is integrated into the software.

  • Wireless network simplifies wiring and connection;
  • It reduces installation costs (no proprietary cables);
  • The Project Manager software is efficient and easy to operate;
  • State of the art graphical user interface;
  • The ergonomics of the software allows faster interventions;
  • For each system installation, a quick course can be offered;
  • If requested, free on-line support is offered;

SmartSMS-NET Volume Control Application

With this smartphone application , the end-users can adjust the volume of the masking sound and music for any given zone. Available on:

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Additional Technology

Soft dB Exclusive Features

• Graphic control
• WIFI and LAN
• Paging and music
• Individual speaker control
• Gradual ramp-up
• Built-In Self-Test (BIST)
• Calendar adjustment
• LEED Design

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Our advanced sound masking technology will transform your workspace.

Productivity

Soft dB Sounds Masking System Benefits

Productivity Gains

Sound masking makes undesirable conversations and other noise distractions less audible. The result: employees are less distracted, they are able to concentrate better, and their productivity rises measurably!

Return On investment (ROI)

The benefits of masking have been the subject of numerous scientific studies. From these studies came out figures that help us today to evaluate the real costs of such a device in your different offices spaces and work environments.

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Confidentiality

Soft dB Sounds Masking System Benefits

Conversation Radius of Distraction

Greater Confidentiality

It is easier and more economical to use sound masking than conventional soundproofing methods to obtain greater speech privacy in office spaces. The SmartSMS-NET has proven to be an effective, uncomplicated solution for increasing confidentiality in all types of work environments.

Comfort

Soft dB Sounds Masking System Benefits

Smart Volume Adjustment to Maximize Acoustic Comfort

As mentioned earlier in the Active Volume Control section, the Soft dB patented active volume control feature provides an unparalleled optimization of both acoustic comfort and effective sound masking. That unique feature allow the sound masking system to adapt to the sound levels of the room; It must increase during very active periods, and become more discreet when the area is quieter.

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