A New Product
The challenge when developing a new product is that it has to be something unique and special for it to stand out. One question we were asking ourselves when we were developing our new range of acoustic tiles was ‘why do acoustic tiles have to be square?’ We spent plenty of time thinking about it but we couldn’t see a reason. So what would be a great uniform shape we could use that allows acoustic tiles to be nestled together in lots of different arrangements? It had to be the hexagon. And so was developed the Hexatile.
The Hexatile is the newest addition to the Advanced Acoustics product range. The Hexatile is based on the already very popular Tegular Acoustic Tile which we offer. The only reason, we could see, why manufacturers keep acoustic tiles square or rectangular is because it makes them easier and cheaper to produce. At Advanced Acoustics we have been able to find a simple and economical way to produce our Hexatiles and thanks to this you can have acoustic tiles that have a unique shape and endless possibilities of cluster arrangements without the exclusive price tag that usually would come with a product like this. Because there are two extra sides to each tile it is surprising how many different arrangements you can create. You can create patterns with the one thickness of tile. You can add another dimension by mixing two thicknesses of tile together. You can create small clusters of tiles for treating first reflection points. You can create large artistic clusters for treating entire walls. You can create random clusters or nestle them together in a uniform way. This new range of acoustic foam tiles really does allow you to express your own individuality. At the moment there are 4 products in the Hexatile Range.
Firstly we have the Hexatile2 Acoustic Tile Pack which is a 2” (50mm) thick acoustic tile with a hexagon shape. The overall size of the hexagon is 24” (610mm) by 20 ¾” (528mm) with each side of the Hexagon being 12” (305mm) long. Contained in one pack are 12 tiles covering an area of 2.88sqm (approx 31sqft)
We also have the Hexatile3 Acoustic Tile Pack which is a 3” (75mm) thick acoustic tile with the same shape and the some outside dimensions. There is the same quantity of 12 tiles in pack covering 2.88sqm.
If you want to mix things up a little you can mix the two different thicknesses together. This not only looks fantastic but will also improve absorption performance.
The third product in this range is the Hexatile2 Infill Acoustic Tile Pack. The tiles have the some outside dimensions but these tiles are finished with a convoluted or egg box profile. These tiles have a peak thickness of 40mm and a base of 20mm. There are 4 tiles to a pack and these are designed to be used in conjunction with the Hexatile2 so you can break up the look of the plain faced tiles with something that has a profile. This will not only make the cluster of tiles look interesting and unique but will also increase the surface area of the cluster again improving performance.
Finally the fourth product in this range is the Hexatile3 Infill Acoustic Tile Pack. This pack of tiles has the same purpose as the Hexatile2 Infill Pack but this pack is designed to be used in conjunction with the Hexatile3.
There are so many different ways that you could cluster and nestle these acoustic foam tiles together that it is impossible to show you every permutation. With these tiles the only thing holding you back from creating something unique to you is your own imagination.
It is not just the look and finish of the Hexatile that we think is unique but there is also the performance and quality along with it as you would expect from AdvancedAcoustics. As mentioned earlier the Hexatile is based on the Tegular Acoustic Tileand so the Hexatile offers approximately the same performance with an NRC of 0.77 for the Hexatile2. The Hexatile3 has an NRC of 0.95. This improved absorption makes them very effective at controlling the mid range frequencies upwards. The Hexatile2 can be mixed with the Hexatile3 to improve absorption at the lower mid range and also allows you to create fantastic looking arrangements of tiles that are truly unique.
The purpose of the Hexatile range is threefold. The Hexatile offers great performance. The Hexatile allows you to create unique arrangements and clusters of tiles. The Hexatile is a versatile tile and allows us to say tile four times in a sentence.
But i suppose a question we need to answer is why do i need acoustic foam?
Acoustic foam is probably the most important aspect of any studio. It can either make or break a professional or project studio. It doesn’t matter how much is spent on recording and monitoring equipment. If the room itself is not treated to its optimum the results will never be as good as they could be. Rooms have their own sound already within the room. While the sound is travelling around the room it will come into contact with different surfaces and other sound waves moving around the room. This means that the room can suffer from a lot of acoustic problems.
These could include;
poor frequency response,
and modal problems just to name a few.
While all these frequencies are bouncing around, clashing into each other the sound waves can change. This totally affects the end result for the negative. You will start off with one sound and end up with another in the recordings. If no acoustic treatment is installed in the studio the reverberation can be so long that practice sessions can be a chore and not a pleasure. Recording will be difficult to control and mixing will be difficult to master without acoustic foam installed. When recording or trying to monitor a recording you want to take the room out of the mix, it needs to be controlled. What you really want and need to hear is the source, whether you are recording or monitoring. What you don’t want is the room telling you what to hear and what to record. Imagine the room as a big instrument. If that instrument is not tuned correctly you will only hear an out of tune room, not a room that works in harmony with the recording or sound.
If there are no surfaces in the room where sound waves are absorbed then the results of the recordings will be out of control. By installing acoustic foam the liveliness of the room can be brought under control and the response of the room can be improved. Use of acoustic treatment is the only way you can tell if what you are recording, editing, mixing or monitoring is accurate. Whether you want the room controlled or completely dead, acoustic treatment is the only way to tame the beast that is your room and keep it under control.
An added benefit of installing acoustic foam is that the environment you are working in is much more improved. You will find yourself in a place that is easier to work in and you will find yourself much more comfortable. This in turn will improve your productivity, creativity and you will gain much more enjoyment out of your room. Acoustic foam is so easy to work with too. It is easy to cut to size and trim. And it can be a very cost effective way of treating your room, especially at Advanced Acoustics. Acoustic foam will reduce the pickup of loose frequencies when recording making the recording and monitoring process much cleaner and defined. This results in more accurate recordings and allows you to hear exactly what is intended to be recorded without the room having an unfavorable effect of the end result.
So if you are going to install acoustic foam on your walls why not make it something a little stylish with the Hexatile Range.