The ABCD of Acoustics

The world of acoustics can be perceived as a bit of a dark art in the world of office design but at Ocee, we are here to assure you that it is not.

The best acoustics solutions are ultimately about the health, productivity and wellbeing of the people working within a space.

So here is a short and sweet insight into the different functions you will find within the world of acoustic products.


These products are acoustically absorbent and designed to reduce the reflection of sound off hard surfaces.


These products are suitably dense to reduce the transmission of speech sounds from one area to another. Creating barriers to sound disrupts the sound path, which reduces the efficiency of how sound travels across the space.


These products create a pleasant, easy to ignore sound that can be used to elevate background noise levels, reduce distraction and improve privacy.


Individuals performing different tasks have different requirements, making it important to design effective working zones. It is critical to place areas of quiet contemplation away from noisy and disruptive zones. Visual and acoustic separation can be used to signal the function and behaviour appropriate to each space.

Reverberation Control

Rooms with too much reverberation (otherwise known as echo) can be uncomfortable and having a normal conversation may be difficult. In these spaces, additional absorption is required to reduce reverberation by preventing reflection off hard surfaces. Absorption products should be used along with others to control reverberation at speech frequencies.

Speech Privacy

Distraction distance is perhaps the most important measure in open-plan office acoustic assessments. When someone speaks, a certain number of people within the area will be able to hear them clearly and will most likely be distracted by them. Speech privacy products can be used in conjunction with others to reduce distraction distance and improve speech privacy.

Visual Privacy

Visual distraction can be detrimental to our focus and concentration. In addition, our abilities to read visual cues help us to understand speech better and so increase the potential for distraction. Visual privacy products should be used to reduce visual distraction or improve visual privacy.

One of the main things to remember when looking for appropriate acoustics solutions is that you need to have a clear idea of what the current challenges are within the space you are installing them in. The rest can be left to us. We have a team of specialists that can ensure you find the most efficient, appropriate and cost-effective solution.

Contact our team:


Phone: 01604 674674

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