Sound Masking

The Most Advanced Sound Masking Technology for Your Office

What is Sound Masking?

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How Does it Work?

In office spaces, the background noise level is generally low. Therefore, people unintentionally overhear conversations, agreeably a difficult situation for all concerned. To address this problem, sound masking systems emit a soft, inconspicuous background sound with the use of a loudspeaker system. The ambient sound level becomes more uniform and otherwise noisy distractions are muffled by the sound masking.

Sound masking makes undesirable conversations and other noise distractions less audible. The result: Employees are less distracted, they are able to concentrate better, and their productivity rises measurably



What Types of Workplaces Can Benefit from Sound Masking?

Open-Plan Offices

Sound is easily transmitted throughout open-plan offices, given that there are no doors or walls to block propagation. Conversations are clearly perceived, which disturbs colleagues both nearby

and further away. Sound masking raises the acoustic comfort level of open-plan offices by reducing the distraction radius. Hence, people are significantly less distracted by conversations that take place within a radius of 15 to 40 feet from where the sound-masking loudspeaker is located.


Adaptive Volume Control

An office space is a dynamic environment in which ambient noise and the volume of sound distractions vary a great deal depending on the schedule and activities underway. To be optimal, sound masking must adapt to changes: It must increase during very active periods, and become more discreet when the area is quieter. Only SmartSMS makes this possible!

Effective Sound Masking at All Times

Our adaptive adjustment system (US 8116461 B2) identifies variations in ambient noise in real time, from signals supplied by sound level sensors installed in the ceiling of the work space. And, thanks to an advanced signal-processing technology, it automatically adjusts the masking volume depending on the intensity of conversational noise and other noise distractions.

Automatic Equalization

Soft dB Exclusive Features | Performances tailored to your unique office environment The challenge is to produce optimum masking sound for all work space characteristics. Parameters such as size, type of ceiling, wall coverings, and furnishings have a direct influence on the propagation of sound masking. If the masking system is not properly calibrated to the specific conditions of the room, it becomes ineffective and/or irritating.

The advantage of SmartSMS-NET is that it adapts to characteristics that are specific to each work environment. Its unique calibration system uses a sensor to measure the acoustic response and the background noise in the space. Based on this data, it automatically calculates the noise spectrum that must be used to emit a soft, uniform, and non-disruptive masking noise.



Additional Technology

Soft dB Exclusive Features 

  • Graphic Control
  • WIFI and LAN
  • Paging and Music
  • Individual Speaker Control
  • Gradual Ramp-Up
  • Built-In-Self-Test (BIST)
  • Calendar adjustment
  • LEED Design


PDF Downloads

Download Compact Masking System PDF

Download Sound Masking System Surface Loudspeaker PDF

Download Smart SMS NET Sound-Masking System PDF

Download Sound-Masking-Loud-Speaker PDF

Download Smart SMS NET Rack Mounted Controller PDF