Sound masking uses a familiar background sound to "mask" human speech and other sounds in a given area to make your work environment more work efficient and comfortable. While sound masking is mostly used to protect privacy or confidentiality for business environments, corporate settings, offices, and cubicles, it is also used to help increase workers' concentration levels and productivity. Sound masking systems are primarily used with either white or pink noise. Pink noise is typically a blend of high and low frequencies that work great for relieving stress while also keeping you focused, alert and more energized. White noise is used most often because it contains sounds across all frequencies and helps extremely well with concentration within business settings. Sound masking doesn't always have to be loud to be effective. It can be customized, tuned and adjusted to fit the specs you want for any environment or office setting.
Sound masking speakers are installed in such ways that it is seemless to employees and one cannot even determine where the masking sound is coming from. Usually upward-firing speakers installed above or in rafters of suspended ceilings fill the occupied space below. These speakers can be installed above suspended ceilings, below floors and in any open structure througout the facility or workplace.
The most common sound masking installations are:
Open office plans can be either too quiet or too noisy for the ideal synergystic environment, adding sound masking to an open office space can be the equivalent of almost tripling the distance between workers in confined spaces.
Private offices and other closely confined spaces can often appear to provide privacy but actually don't. A lot of times, walls are lightweight and do not extend to the ceiling deck. In these cases, sound can easily travel over or even through the walls to create distractions and lower dedicated attention. Sound masking can ensure that confidential conversations will remain confidential and that privacy will be respected at all times.
Public spaces such as reception areas, waiting rooms, cousnseling offices, and financial institutions, are such areas where conversations should not be heard and kept to the utmost privacy. Sound masking in these areas can help keep personal or confidential matters in a public place private and discrete. Sound masking is the only practice of acoustical treatment that can be used to addresses all sound paths