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Every second, you hear sounds, embedding them into your mind. Yet when these sounds are uncontrolled, they can turn into polluted sounds full of reverberations and acoustical glare. Acoustics is an important issue that determines the quality of the sounds we take in. It is usually an undermined subject which can either be solved by custom designs that are time and resource consuming or it is usually left unsolved. In our search for quality, we bring  a solution to the issue of acoustic clarity with our panels: choosing from perforations, materials and surface textures as well as three dimensional options, you can reach acoustically and aesthetically pleasing environments. The forms Mikodam offers are shaped with acoustic calculations and aesthetic requirements. The isolators located between the rails and the walls stop the vibrations from spreading and prevent undesired resonances.

Through Mikodam we offer integrity; spaces that are improved, spaces that are harmonious, spaces that are designed, spaces that are of the highest quality.

Importance of Acoustics:

We believe that acquiring true interior quality (or quality in any subject) requires multiple elements that are of high quality. Acoustics being one of these aspects can affect the entire experience of a person in a certain space, public or private.

How a certain space should be treated to reach the aimed acoustic quality is affected by elements such as the size of the space, the number and intensity of the sound sources, the number and angles of the surfaces forming the space, the materials used on each surface, and how the sound travels within the space. The adjustments made regarding all these factors in order to reach the desired quality of sound are acoustic alterations.

Concert halls, conference halls, meeting rooms, home theaters, spaces for listening to music, restaurants and bars, spaces where video games are played, spaces designed for virtual reality experiences, entertainment spaces…   all have different acoustic scenarios. Each   have different acoustic needs that should be handled carefully.

The size of a space plays a role in acoustics determining how far the sounds can reach. Possible results are that the sound cannot reach all parts of the space equally, the sound cannot reach  furthest parts in the space, the sound reaches all borders with high intensity causing sound acoustical glare, or the sound collects, resulting in echo.

Sources - instruments, humans, environment, speakers – release sounds in different frequencies, angles, intensities and propagation speeds. For different scenarios the number and location of sources differ. For instance, while stereo systems are preferred for listening to music, surround sound systems are chosen for home theatres. Surround sound systems deliver the sound to their audience from sources with different positions and angles creating an acoustic experience that is closer to reality increasing the effect sound has on the audience.

Sound, depending on the variables, is treated in three ways: reflection, scattering and absorption. In cases where the space is large, but the source is natural or limited the sound needs to be reflected to reach all spots in the space. The sounds that reflect from different surfaces might reach the listener in different intervals. In order to eliminate the undesired effects, the sound needs to be treated with both absorption and scattering.

It is mandatory to eliminate the pollution caused by reflections in order to reach sound clarity.   It is undesired pollution when a sound coming from a certain direction reflects after reaching the opposite end and in such a case the sound should be absorbed.

Sound waves reflect more on corners with right angles; using sound absorbing panels on corners will increase the acoustic quality of the space.

However, when sound is absorbed excessively it will become dull and unnatural. Especially, in spaces such as movie theaters where one wants to feel as if she is in a different place or in public spaces such as restaurants and bars where it shouldn’t be too silent remaining lively while avoiding sound acoustical glare, it is recommended to scatter the sound.

Reverberation time is the time that elapses from the surfaces in the room to the attenuation of the reflected sounds. It is directly proportional with the volume of the space while it is inversely proportional with the absorbing characteristics of the materials within the space. Mass  is also an effective element; the weight of the panels decrease the vibrations, thus contributing to the acoustic quality.

Lastly, reaching an acoustic quality also means to be able to prevent sounds from outside the space from penetrating inside and vice versa. It is important to use isolators for this purpose.

Having such different variables is why at Mikodam there are professionals testing the panels, giving results on their acoustic reactions. This way Mikodam can serve your acoustic needs in the best way it can. Mikodam panels help create acoustically improved environments without compromising from aesthetics.

Common spaces benefit from Mikodam panels as much as spaces that are designed for acoustic activities. You will feel the difference Mikodam panels bring into any experience even if it is a simple conversation. Our subconscious plays a vital role in determining how we feel; a solution that is both visually and auditorily fulfilling will enhance the delight in all your experiences.  

Each panel has a different acoustic ratio depending on the number of the panels used,   the chosen materials and  textures, and the size and ratio of perforations (if used). Each interior has its own acoustic requirements and at least one of the Mikodam panel lines will suit your needs.

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