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Sound Masking Installations from RTS
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QT300 Controller ModuleRTS has recently completed a Sound Masking installation for a corporate client in central London incorporating 3 zones and 122 emitters.

RTS installed a Cambridge Sound Management QT300 control module, capable of multi zone installations up to 36,000 square feet. The QT300 was connected to 122 individual emitters across 3 independent zones.

This system is capable of covering up to 3 diverse areas in buildings needing improved speech privacy. Configuration of the system was through the QT300 web browser interface or the front panel which can be locked out to avoid unauthorised tampering.

Why Sound Masking?

Sound Masking is the process of adding to an environment a low level of unobtrusive background sound engineered to protect confidentiality and reduce distractions by reducing the intelligibility of speech, thus making the acoustical environment more comfortable.

Most workplaces today feature more open spaces and smaller, and often shared, workstations. Less sound absorptive materials are being used such as lower or non-existent partitions, hard or glass surfaces, and thinner walls and doors. This creates acoustical challenges that negatively impact workplace satisfaction, productivity and speech privacy.

RTS engineers are available to discuss, design and install the product range from Cambridge Sound Management.

Read our Sound Masking Case Study

 

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Sound Masking is the addition of an unobtrusive background sound, similar to airflow, to reduce the intelligibility of human speech and to reduce distractions. The resulting environment leads to greater productivity and increased privacy and comfort.

Corporate offices feature a variety of workspaces that require their own unique solutions for improving worker comfort, productivity, and speech privacy. Modern open offices contain far more reflective materials, such as glass and wood, than ever before. Then, combine those factors with more benching and less private offices. While these changes have made workplaces more aesthetically pleasing and collaborative, it has also affected the acoustics.Sound Masking in corporate settings, such as the ones described above, help improve the acoustic environment. This enables employees to feel more comfortable and less distracted at work.

RTS was approached to design and install a multi zone sound masking solution as part of an office refurbishment in central London. The space was a combination of open planned office spaces, communal hallways and private meeting rooms.

RTS installed a Cambridge Sound Management QT300 control module, capable of multi zone installations up to 36,000 square feet. The QT300 was connected to 122 individual sound masking emitters across 3 independent zones. This system is capable of covering up to 3 diverse areas in buildings needing improved speech privacy. Configuration of the system was through the QT300 web browser interface or the front panel which can be locked out to avoid unauthorised tampering.

QT300 Controller Module

Qt emitters are wide dispersion direct field speakers with 1.25” (3.17 cm) drivers and are smaller than a coffee mug. All Qt emitters come in the adjustable format. These emitters deliver four uncorrelated audio channels, which provide uniform, unobtrusive sound masking. This feature, along with plug and play installation and easy configuration capability, make Qt® systems the most intelligently engineered and most effective sound masking systems on the market today.

RTS installation engineers worked alongside various tradespeople to ensure that the sound masking installation was delivered on schedule and to budget.

 

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Sound Masking is the process of adding to an environment a low level of unobtrusive background sound engineered to protect confidentiality and reduce distractions by reducing the intelligibility of speech, thus making the acoustical environment more comfortable.

 

Sound Masking is a critical Component of Acoustic Design

When designing an optimal acoustic environment, architects consider a variety of elements to address noise control and speech privacy. Elements added either Absorb, Block, or Cover sound, and are collectively called the ABC’s of acoustic design.

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All of the ABC’s of acoustic design can be used together or individually to achieve the desired acoustic environment, but absorbing and blocking materials are costly and underused. Sound Masking, on the other hand, is a low-cost option for creating acoustical environments that both reduce noise distractions and increase speech privacy.

Open Floor Plans are the New Normal

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Most workplaces today feature more open spaces and smaller, and often shared, workstations. Less sound absorptive materials are being used such as lower or non-existent partitions, hard or glass surfaces, and thinner walls and doors. This creates acoustical challenges that negatively impact workplace satisfaction, productivity and speech privacy.

 

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Who Benefits from Sound Masking?

  • Business Owners – Protect speech privacy and increase productivity by reducing noise distractions
  • Facility Managers – Help increase worker satisfaction and reduce operating costs
  • Property Managers – Increase the value of your space
  • Employees – A more comfortable work environment with fewer distractions
  • Architects – Improve the acoustical environment of new or retrofitted spaces
  • General Consultants – Create a collaborative work environment without sacrificing acoustics
  • Contractors – Improve speech privacy and lessen the level of distraction without adding further absorptive and blocking materials

Where can Sound Masking be used?

  • Corporate – Open Offices, Private Offices and Conference Rooms
  • Healthcare – Hospitals, Private Clinics and Pharmacies
  • Technology – Engineering Labs,Co-share Spaces and Huddle Rooms
  • Financial Services – Retail Banks, Call Centres and Board Rooms
  • Education – Libraries, Research Labs and Testing Centres
  • Government and Law – Secured facilities, Courtrooms and Law Offices
  • Hospitality – Hotel Rooms, Reception Areas and Spas
  • Venues – Airport Lounges, Houses of Worship and Conference Centres

 

The QT Sound Masking Product Range

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QT 100

The Qt® 100 is ideal for single zone spaces of up to 12,000 square feet (1,115 m2). The Qt 100 is easily controlled from the module’s front panel or Bluetooth connected iOS device, making volume adjustments quick and easy.

Download the QT 100 Technical Sheet

QT 300

The Qt® 300 is ideal for medium multi-zone spaces of up to 36,000 square feet (3,345 m2). The Qt 300’s system settings can be controlled via the easy-interface front panel or via any PC, Mac or tablet device using the intuitive Qt™ Monitoring and Control Software.

Download the QT 300 Technical Sheet

QT 600

The Qt® 600 is ideal for large multi-zone spaces of up to 72,000 square feet (6,689 m2). System settings can be easily accessed and controlled via or from any PC, Mac or tablet device using the intuitive Qt™ Monitoring and Control Software.

Download the QT 600 Technical Sheet

QT Conference Room Edition

The Qt® Conference Room system is designed specifically for conference rooms, meeting rooms, and board rooms. This all-in-one solution includes a control module, privacy signs, and emitters. It is ideal for protecting speech privacy with spot treatment.

Download the QT Conference Room Technical Sheet

QT Command Centre

The Qt Command Centre gives customers even more control of their direct-field sound masking systems. Customers can now manage multiple networked Qt Pro sound masking systems from a single user friendly software application.

Download the QT Command Centre Technical Sheet

QT Emitters

Qt® emitters are the backbone of the QtPro™ Sound Masking System. Qt emitters are wide dispersion direct field speakers with 1.25” (3.17 cm) drivers and are smaller than a coffee mug, making them the smallest available. These emitters deliver four uncorrelated audio channels, which provide uniform, unobtrusive sound masking.

Download the QT Emitter Technical Sheet

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