QuietFiber R-Lounge Noise Reduction – QuietFiber® noise absorbing material was installed last week in the tony R Lounge in L.A. to address a reverberant noise issue caused when pulsating music from inside the club hit the massive, 14-foot tall hard surface walls and flooring of the outdoor smoking patio every time a guest opened the patio doors to step outside.
When complaints from neighbors began to trickle in, club owner Bobbie Rahmani moved immediately to find a noise deadening solution that would not only provide relief to his neighbors, but would not detract from the club’s high end décor that flowed from inside out. The large, reverse “L” shaped smoking deck needed soundproofing material that would retain its acoustical integrity in the outdoor environment, and just as importantly, be easily camouflaged within the well-appointed patio.
Rahmani’s research led him to Acoustiblok, Inc., where one of their acoustics consultants recommended QuietFiber, a noise absorbing material specifically designed to address reverberant sound. Unlike other sound absorbing products, QuietFiber is designed to be hidden out of sight, or easily adapted to any décor by simply wrapping it in complimentary fabric or upholstery, which is the approach Rahmani chose for his club.
Rahmani purchased 10, 4- by 6-foot panels of QuietFiber, enough to cover all the patio walls’ trouble spots. Eight panels were covered in a sleek, black and white post-modern skyline design fabric that added interest to the space without giving away the panel’s soundproofing purpose.
Another panel was ingeniously covered in a blank white canvas and hung on a large section of wall, providing a backdrop for projected images to create a constantly moving and changing videoscape in the space. This panel provides a fitting artistic element, and no one is the wiser that it is serving a dual purpose – sound absorption and aesthetic interest.
One more panel, hung on a wall directly behind the patio’s elegant outdoor cigar bar, is concealed in fabric identical to the wall treatment, making it virtually undetectable.
“We haven’t had any complaints since we hung the panels, and no news is always good news,” Rahmani said of the noise deadening qualities of the Quiet Fiber treatments.
“I did a lot of research to find the right soundproofing product for the space, and found that other panels that address reverberant sound are extremely expensive and don’t provide the customizable look we needed for this space.
“QuietFiber met all the criteria.”
Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of QuietFiber in the R Lounge is a perfect example of the product’s unique versatility when it comes to addressing reverberant sound without interfering with the design aesthetic of the space.
“We launched our QuietFiber material with this type of environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues in well-appointed residences or businesses like the R Lounge, you can’t hang ordinary sound abatement products because, although they serve a functional purpose, they aren’t necessarily going to look good in the space.