Why implement Sound Masking?
As more companies shift to open floorplans, the need for speech privacy is increasing.
Imagine this - you are with your HR department right next to your operations manager and you touch on the topic of his compensation and benefits scheme, who is 5 meters away. Sound masking makes sure the manager cannot hear what you are saying.
Sensitive and Confidential Conversations from Enclosed Offices
Organizations that require high confidentiality of information should take measures to prevent leaks. Sound masking is one such way, as your conversations would be "muffled" so others cannot hear you clearly.
Overheard Conversations Causing
Distraction in Open Offices
Most workplaces today feature open, smaller and often shared workstations. Research shows that "Overheard conversation" is the biggest distraction amongst coworkers in an open office environment. Sound masking muffles speech so the ears lose focus onto the distraction and employees can redirect that focus onto their work to improve concentration and productivity.
What is Sound Masking?
Sound masking is the addition of an unobtrusive ambient sound to an environment that reduces the clarity of human speech and decreases distractions.
Sound Masking is a critical component of Acoustic Design
Architects consider the ABC 's of acoustic design to address noise control and speech privacy.
Acoustic wall panels, carpet and ceiling tiles help Absorb excess sound.
Solid barriers, partitions and walls help Block excess sound.
Sound Masking helps Cover up excess sound.
Sound Proofing vs. Sound Masking
Sound proofing and sound masking are two distinct sound management technics.
Sound Proofing involves adding extra materials either inside or outside of a wall to improve the sound in the room and reduce the amount of sound that can pass through. Sound proofing improves the sound in the room by suppressing unwanted indirect sound waves such as reflections that causes echoes and resonances that cause reverberation.
Sound Masking is the addition of an unobtrusive electronically generated noise into an area to cloak or mask the unwanted excess sound that was there. Sound masking reduces or eliminates the awareness of pre-existing sounds and can make an environment more comfortable while creating speech privacy so workers can concentrate and be more productive.
Sound Masking gives users flexibility to:
Reduce the use of sound absorptive and blocking materials - saving construction cost
Use short partitions or fewer walls (i.e., less blocking materials) to create an open, collaborative environment
Build out fewer private offices, maximising existing office space
Have better lighting from outdoor views
How Does Sound Masking Work?
Adding controlled sound makes speech unclear, thus reduces distractions.
Example: Someone talking to you at the other end when you are washing dishes, but you can't hear the other person's words perfectly.
This is because the running water is "masking" the sound of the person speaking to you.
Why Sound Masking from
Cambridge Sound Management
#1 Sound Masking Solution
Precise, uniform sound masking coverage with Qt system.
Superior direct-field masking technology uses small sleek Qt emitters (loudspeakers) to disperse spectra-appropriate sound.
Cost saving and reduces the need for expensive conference room construction or sound blocking material.
Easily installed, Qt emitters can be installed rapidly with little or no downtime for your business.
Versatile, flexible, Qt emitters can be easily moved and reconfigured.
Scalable, designed to grow and change with your business.
Pretuned, saving valuable time and money
Integrated with paging and music.
Most energy efficient speech protection system available. All Qt systems are GreenSpec listed for their energy efficiency.
Sound Masking System
2016 Facility Executive Readers' Choice Award, Sound Masking Category
"Cambridge Sound Management offers innovative, simple, and intelligently designed solutions to the problems of privacy and acoustic distractions. The company's patented QtPro solution, powered by direct field Quiet Technology, is easy to install and delivers high-quality uniform sound masking without complex commissioning."
Who Benefits from Sound Masking?
Managers (especially HR)
Security and Compliance Officers
Where is Sound Masking Used?
Financial Services Companies
Government and Law Organizations