Catalyst Conversations

by Catalyst Acoustics Group

The Catalyst Conversations podcast features industry experts from an elite group of acoustic, seismic, vibration, and noise control companies and world-renowned testing laboratories for lively discussions intended to engage and inform. Tune in and enjoy talks on trending topics, challenges, and how to overcome them. If you are an emerging or seasoned professional in construction, design, engineering, or architecture, we hope yo ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Innovations in Architectural Acoustic Doors

    Innovations in Architectural Acoustic Doors

    This discussion is led by Noise Barriers’ Regional Sales Manager, Kevan Mann, and Noise Barriers' Mid-West & West Regional Sales Manager, James Thomas. Noise Barriers was formed by a group of highly motivated and experienced individuals with the desire to provide a vast array of noise control products and services. The Noise Barriers product family includes architectural and industrial doors, windows, barrier systems, absorption panels, enclosure systems, audiometric exam rooms, music practice rooms, and specialty products. To learn more about Noise Barriers Architectural Doors, visit here: https://www.noisebarriers.com/quietswing-architectural-doors Information on the QuietSwing Alexis® Door can be found here: https://www.noisebarriers.com/alexis

  • Why is Audiology Testing Important and What Role do Audiology Booths Serve in the Process?

    Why is Audiology Testing Important and What Role do Audiology Booths Serve in the Process?

    This discussion between Mary Neill, an audiologist with Hearing Diagnostics LLC, and Rodrigo Muzquiz, IAC’s Architectural Enclosures Sales Manager, dives into the details of audiology testing and audiology booths. Since 1949, IAC Acoustics has built over 40,000 audiometric rooms in hospitals, clinics, universities, schools, labs, and medical centers across the US and around the globe, making them the world’s leading supplier of audiometric testing and medical research facilities. Mary Neill joins us with over 30 years of acoustics experience, helping to explain the importance of audiometric testing. For information about IAC Acoustics, visit here: https://www.iacacoustics.com/ For information about Hearing Diagnostics, visit here: https://www.hearingdx.com/

  • Why is Isolation So Important for a Recording Studio and What are Some Best Practices for Designing One?

    Why is Isolation So Important for a Recording Studio and What are Some Best Practices for Designing One?

    On this episode of Catalyst Conversations, we went outside of Catalyst to find our guests, and are thrilled to share we’ll be speaking with John Storyk, a founding partner of Walter-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) and a registered architect and acoustician, and Keith Peterson of the manufacturer’s representative firm, K. Peterson & Associates. During the conversation, we’ll discuss what goes into designing a recording studio, and why isolation is important in these spaces. In addition, John and Keith each share some of the best practices they’ve learned over their decades-long careers. John has extensive experience designing studios for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and Jay-Z, just to name a few. John and Keith have each worked with several of Catalyst’s brands and share their insights on their favorite products to work with. While this episode is a little longer than our previous ones, this is definitely one that you won’t want to miss! Learn more about WSDG: https://wsdg.com/ Learn more about KPA: https://kpa.design/

  • How Can Industrial Noise Control Solutions Be Incorporated in Outdoor Environments and Why are They Helpful Amid the Rise of Pickleball?

    How Can Industrial Noise Control Solutions Be Incorporated in Outdoor Environments and Why are They Helpful Amid the Rise of Pickleball?

    On the next episode of Catalyst Conversations, we discuss outdoor noise control solutions with Aaron Duncan, Industrial Division Sales Manager for Sound Seal, one of the companies in Catalyst’s portfolio, and Doug McDaniel, CEO of Pacific Sound Control. During this conversation, you’ll learn about a range of Sound Seal industrial products and hear Doug’s firsthand account about how their applications have helped ease customer sound issues in an array of settings, including talk of a recent installation around a pickleball court. With pickleball’s rise in popularity, and shifting landscapes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder we’re seeing an increased need for noise control products that treat acoustics outdoors. Check out this episode to learn more! Learn more about Vivid on Sound Seal's website: https://www.soundseal.com/industrial/vivid-designer-series

  • What are Some Design Considerations for Acoustic Testing Chambers and Why Might Someone Want to Change the Reverberation Time While Testing?

    What are Some Design Considerations for Acoustic Testing Chambers and Why Might Someone Want to Change the Reverberation Time While Testing?

    We're back to our regular format for the latest episode of Catalyst Conversations featuring two acoustic experts from IAC Acoustics. Andrew Polte, NVH & Test Facility Sales Manager, and Ted Marquis, Industrial Sales Manager, discuss considerations and best practices for designing and using acoustic testing chambers. During the talk, Andrew and Ted give us insights into the importance of diffusion, IAC’s adherence to national and international standards, and why and how to change reverberation time while testing. A portion of the episode focuses on IAC products, including the Macrodyne Hardliner VRT Room launched in October 2021. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about IAC’s test facilities: https://www.iacacoustics.com/test-facilities Watch the Macrodyne Hardliner VRT Room video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPvwLDKFHMc