What Types of Workplaces Benefit Most from Sound Masking?

Open-Plan Offices

Sound is easily transmitted throughout open-plan offices, given that there are no doors or walls to block propagation.

Because of this, conversations between colleagues or talking on the phone can be clearly heard by everyone across the office floor, which makes it difficult for workers both nearby and further away to get into flow and concentrate on their tasks.

Reducing the Radius of Distraction

Sound masking improves the acoustic comfort level of open-plan offices by reducing the distraction radius by a great deal. Hence, workers get significantly less distracted by conversations, and any other incidental sound for that matter, happening within a radius of 15 to 40 feet from where a sound masking loudspeaker is located.

Open-Plan Office Employee Distraction Radius

Enclosed Private Offices

Significant Layout cost reduction

In closed offices where private conversations are typically meant to be kept that way, Soft dB sound masking eliminates or reduces the need for plenum barriers, insulation and extra drywall layers. With our system, office construction and soundproofing costs can be reduced by up to $3 per square foot, while still achieving proper speech privacy and confidentiality.

Greater flexibility

Sound masking improves speech privacy and confidentiality between offices separated only by modular partitions. It significantly improves the acoustical performance of movable walls without compromising their core virtues, flexibility and aesthetics.

Activity-Based Workplace

In an activity-based working environment, everyone doesn’t necessarily have their own desk. On any given day, employees can choose a place in the office where it’s most suitable for them to complete specific tasks, ranging from intense and focused work to team collaboration to formal meetings or impromptu one-on-ones.

In such highly flexible working environment, no two days are alike. The office space’s soundscape tends to vary a great deal, from buzzing and distracting to pin-drop silent and fairly tense, based on the ever-changing levels of activity and occupancy.

Drown out Noisy Distractions and Even out the Quiet

At busier times, our sound masking output signal seamlessly blends in the relatively high office background noise level, while continuously adjusting itself to noisier spikes, mostly arising from loud conversations or verbal communication in general, and quieter lows. Simply put, the sound masking volume automatically increases as the office gets busier, and decreases as it becomes calmer. So employees consistently experience the same optimal level of sonic comfort and intimacy no matter how busy or quiet their work area gets.

At quieter times, when workspace activity or occupancy levels are at their lowest, our sound masking system will subtly increase the background noise level just enough to drown out distracting sounds stealing the employee’s focus, without this little extra background noise becoming a source of distraction in itself. What’s more, sound masking also helps ensure that any private conversation carried amid the otherwise quiet workspace remains confidential and unintelligible to other employees.

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Our Sound Masking Projects Around the World

New Balance Headquarters in Boston

New Balance Headquarters

Boston, MA
United States

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Partners Healthcare HQ in Somerville, MA

Partners Healthcare HQ

Somerville, MA
United States

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Cargill Headquarters

Minneapolis, MN
United States

St-Joseph’s Hospital in St-Paul, MN

St-Joseph’s Hospital

St-Paul, MN
United States

Golub Capital in Chicago, IL

Golub Capital

Chicago, IL
United States

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Providence, RI
United States

Citizens Bank tower in New York, NY

Citizens Bank

New York, NY
United States

Salesforce Tower in New York, NY

Salesforce – Salesforce Tower NYC

New York, NY
United States

U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC

U.S. Department of the Interior

Washington, DC
United States

EY offices in Hoboken, NJ

Ernst & Young (EY) Hoboken Office and Learning Center

Hoboken, NJ
United States

JPMorgan Chase & Co. offices in Boston, MA

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Boston, MA
United States

Medtronic offices in Woburn, MA

Medtronic

Woburn, MA
United States

Aetna offices in Blue Bell, PA

Aetna

Blue Bell, PA
United States

Metlife offices in Warwick RI

Metlife

Warwick, RI
United States

Wells Fargo towers in Minneapolis

Wells Fargo’s Twin Towers

Minneapolis, MN
United States

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Dynamo House / South Street Landing 2008

Brown University

Providence, RI
United States

Dentons Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP – TD North Tower in Toronto, ON

Dentons Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP – TD North Tower

Toronto, ON
Canada

Public Service Canada/HRSDC in Gatineau, QC

Public Service Canada/HRSDC

Gatineau, QC
Canada

Vaughan Civic Center in Vaughan, ON

Vaughan Civic Center

Vaughan, ON
Canada

Accenture – Barangaroo International House in Sydney Australia

Accenture’s Offices in Barangaroo International House

Sydney
Australia

Westpac Bank Headquarters in Sydney, Australia

Westpac Bank Headquarters

Sydney
Australia

Commonwealth Bank – Darling Square in Sydney, Australia

Commonwealth Bank – Darling Square

Sydney
Australia

International Towers Sydney in Barangaroo

International Towers Sydney in Barangaroo

Sydney
Australia

SWISS RE – The Gherkin in London, UK

SWISS RE’s offices at 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

London
United Kingdom

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PSP Investments – IBM Marathon Tower

Montreal, QC
Canada

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BCG (Boston Consulting Group) – Le 1000

Montreal, QC
Canada

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RBC Banque Royale du Canada – Place Ville Marie

Montreal, QC
Canada

Desjardins offices in Bell Media Tower

Desjardins – Bell Media Tower

Montreal, QC
Canada

Revenu Québec – Complexe Desjardins in Montreal, QC

Revenu Québec – Complexe Desjardins

Montreal, QC
Canada

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La Capitale Head Office

Quebec City, QC
Canada

CAE Montreal Head Office

CAE Montreal Head Office

Montreal, QC
Canada

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Olympe Building at Premier Tech Campus

Olympe Building – Premier Tech Global Headquarters Campus

Rivière-du-Loup, QC
Canada

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EY's Office in John Hancock Tower

Ernst & Young (EY) Offices in John Hancock Tower

Boston, MA
United States

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Microsoft's NERD center at 1 Memorial Drive

Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center

Cambridge, MA
United States

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Akamai Technologies Headquarters in Cambridge

Akamai Technologies Headquarters in Kendall Square

Cambridge, MA
United States

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Alexion and PTC headquarters in Seaport District

Alexion Pharmaceuticals and PTC’s Headquarters in Seaport District

Boston, MA
United States

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These Industry Leaders Achieved Superior Workspace Acoustics With Our Sound Masking System

United States

Aldi
Avery-Dennison
Cubist (Merck)
Dassault
Emerson
Enernoc
Epsilon
Honeywell
Iron Mountain
Hanover Insurance
Nokia
Sears Roebuck
SoftBrands
Southern Graphic Systems
St-Francis Alliance Health care
St. Josephs Hospital
Trane
Transoma
U-Care Minnesota
Universal Hospital Services
Varde
Verizon Wireless
Vitaminix
Wells Fargo
West Bank

Canada

Bombardier
Bristol Myers Squibb
Business Development
Bank of Canada
Deloitte
Desjardins Credit Union
Desjardins Insurance
Énergir (Gaz Métro)
GlaxoSmithKline
Government of Canada
Hydro Québec
Industrial Alliance
Manulife
Microsoft
Morneau Shepell
National Bank of Canada
Pepsico Canada
Petro-Canada
Pfizer
PSP Investments
Rio Tinto
Royal Bank of Canada
Sandoz
SSQ Insurance Group
Sunlife

Europe

Accenture
Aegan
Cisco Systems
Delta Lloyd
Direct Teleservice
Docs International
Global Asset Management
IBM
Marketel
Marks & Spencer
Mastercard
Pinewood
Rabobank
Robeco
RPC Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
The Prudential
T-Mobile
University of Cambridge

Asia

Daewoo Securities, Korea
Himchan Hospital
Kokuyo, Japan
Korea Telecom Facilities
Wooki Bank

Mexico

MasterCard
Microsoft
Gaz de France
Monex
Mead Johnson
Bain
American Tower
Banco Compartamos
Nestle
Smith & Nephew
L’Oreal

Australia

Ernst & Young
Suncorp
BHP
Fairfax Media
ANZ Bank
RAA
QBE
Bain & Co
McInnes Wilson Lawyers
WA Treasury Department
SLR Consulting
Standard & Poors

What Clients Think of Our Sound Masking System

SSQ Financial Group Building

“The work environment is very silent; quieter. At the end of the day, employees are less tired. They don’t feel the time going by because they are less disturbed and more concentrated”

Annette Filteau
Director – Billing and Enrolment
SSQ Financial Group

 “Sound masking was installed following the redevelopment of our office spaces. We had opted for moveable walls, and we wanted to improve the sound quality between the spaces. We immediately noticed a more mellow effect across the open areas and good privacy in our closed offices; this was despite all the conversations and the level of activity that takes place there. We were pleasantly surprised! ”

Nicole Goulet
Senior Manager, Facilities & Administrative Services
PSP Investments

Northwest Area Foundation

‘’The SoftdB product and installation plan met our challenging space requirements. I am very pleased with how the sound masking system is working, as it is making a positive impact on the quality of our work environment.’’

Karen Appelbaum
Operations Director
Northwest Area Foundation

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