I love the TV spot featuring the “Easy Button”. Who wouldn’t want one of those? It would be used nearly constantly these days – I want Easy Buttons for work, money, music, movies, food, beer, and the !@#$% cable remote.
Dream on. The more companies CAN do, they WILL do, making product choices – not to mention user interfaces – infuriatingly complex. Why? Nobody (except maybe Apple) seems to consider simplicity. The number of decisions we face every day turns the multiple choices demanded by an overly-complex product into Way Too Many.
I think that’s why some of us gravitate toward the Big Acoustic Easy Button: put a bunch of absorbers on the walls and ceiling, it’ll be OK. There, that was easy, now make some sound.
Sad to say, effective acoustic treatment doesn’t work that way. The best sounding spaces have the right combination of absorption AND diffusion. To make matters more complicated, diffusion is not as well-understood as absorption, so it seems more difficult to make choices.
That’s why we’ve tried to make Acoustic Geometry products easier to use – they’re not yet the Easy Button, but getting closer. We’re working on guides showing the best combinations of diffusors and absorbers for a variety of applications and acoustic spaces. Our current SketchUp Room Guides are a start, with more on the way.
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