Sound Masking System



Sound masking is the addition of natural or artificial sound (such as white noise or pink noise) into an environment to cover up unwanted sound by using auditory masking. This is in contrast to the technique of active noise control. Sound masking reduces or eliminates awareness of pre-existing sounds in a given area and can make a work environment more comfortable, while creating speech privacy so workers can better concentrate and be more productive. Sound masking can also be used in the outdoors to restore a more natural ambient environment.


Sound masking can be explained by analogy with light. Imagine a dark room where someone is turning a flashlight on and off. The light is very obvious and distracting. Now imagine that the room lights are turned on. The flashlight is still being turned on and off, but is no longer noticeable because it has been “masked”. Sound masking is a similar process of covering a distracting sound with a more soothing or less intrusive sound.


Atlas Sound offers a full array of sound masking solutions including white/pink noise generators, speakers, and self contained systems that can be deployed in any installation where speech privacy is critical.  Atlas Sound is an industry leader in sound masking system design and offers several helpful software programs to aid system designers in layout and planning.


The primary purpose of sound masking is to provide acoustical privacy, primarily that of speech. In cases where conversations are sensitive or confidential, such as in medical, financial, or personal discussions, it has been found that stress is relieved due to knowing that such conversations cannot be overheard. As a result, sound masking is used in the offices of psychiatrists, medical doctors, lawyers, and financial advisors. In cases where persons need to be relieved of having to listen to the sounds of others, it has been found to relieve stress due to annoyance prevention.


What applications can benefit most from Sound Masking Solutions?


  • Open Offices
  • Closed Offices
  • Hospitals (HIPAA Compliance)
  • Pharmacies (HIPAA Compliance)
  • Call Centers
  • Libraries
  • Secure Government Facilities (SCIFF)
  • Financial Institutions (GLBA Compliance) (Graham, Leach Blyly Act)
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