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Waveform™ Gaussian W

The Waveform™ Gaussian represents the evolution in architectural acoustics toward quantifiable, organic shapes. The Waveform™ Gaussian is a 2-part wood panel system, designed to blend the direct and reflected sound to increase intelligibility and/or enhance musical clarity and intimacy. A minimum of 2 panel depths are required to achieve the best performance.

The Waveform™ Gaussian comes in a wide variety of finishes, including wood veneer, laminates, melamine coatings and painted surfaces. See some of the options displayed under the Finishes tab below.

The Waveform™ Gaussian is designed to hang freely, each unit a separate "cloud", or bolted together to create a canopy. They can also be direct mounted to a wall or ceiling using the appropriate wood blocking. See details below under the Drawings tab.

Waveform® Gaussian 1D Wood Sound Diffuser
The Waveform® Gaussian -W represents the evolution in architectural acoustics toward quantifiable, natural wood organic shapes; used in auditoriums both as overhead canopies, in order to better blend the direct and reflected sound, and along walls to provide scattered sound to the audience. A canopy design approach will increase intelligibility, enhance musical clarity and improve intimacy. Typically, curved canopy arrays are used instead of flat to provide not only the needed early reflections, but also provide scattering of the reflected energy to more uniformly address a broader selection of the audience.

In auditoria, in order to have a sufficient volume of space for various logistical, performance and sound requirements inherent of the intended use, the design demands that there be high ceilings. If left untreated, the reflections from a far, hard ceiling can degrade the acoustical performance of the space. If the ceiling is simply treated with absorption to mitigate the disturbing reflections, then more energy, energy that is important and useful, is being removed from the space than needed. This is especially true in regards to high frequency energy. In the end, an absorptive approach means that there would be less acoustical support coming from above the audience which if appropriately addressed can increase intelligibility, enhance musical clarity and improve intimacy as noted above.

Overhead canopies are suspended below the constructed ceiling in auditoriums to both improve and control the acoustics of the space. When properly oriented, canopy arrays will provide desirable early reflections while helping to maintain the required reverberation time. This can be accomplished by incorporating absorption into the rear of the unit. Flat panel arrays are sometimes used for economy; however, these can potentially provide non-uniform sound to the audience. This issue is solved simply by curving and orienting the panels to provide sound diffusion. The most effective approach to curving the panels is in optimizing multiple radii into a single, asymmetric element which can then be arrayed using sequencing techniques that avoid periodicity.

  • Offers an attractive, acoustically optimized canopy and wall treatment for large, performance driven spaces for music, theater and lecture.
  • Broad bandwidth sound diffusion in a decorative, furniture grade finish.
  • Available in 4' x 4' (nominal) size and can be arrayed into very large areas.
  • Choose from any commercially available natural wood veneer, plastic laminate, melamine coating or paint finish.
  • Class A Fire Rated, FSC and NAUF cores are available.
  • Asymmetric by design and patented, the Waveform® Gaussian can be array optimized to reduce periodicity effects.
  • Canopy spacing and arrangement can be optimized for additional improvement in coverage and diffusion.
Standard Wood Species (samples generally available)
Alder Anigre Ash Birch Cherry Mahogany Maple Red Oak Walnut White Oak
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Custom Wood Species (check for availability)
Afromosia Amarillo Anigre_Block Mottled Anigre_High Figured Ash_Blackened Ash_Brown Ash_Japanese Quartered Ash_Japanese Tamo Ash_Olive Burl Ash_Quartered
Melamine and Laminate Colors
ALU1 Aluminum ALU2 Nickel SR204 Manhattan SR211 Pergamon U016 Pastel Grey U035 Perl Grey U133 Stone Grey U508 Grey Metallic U515 Titanium U516 White Aluminum More...
Melamine and Laminate Wood Reproductions
F04_020 Natural Planked Maple F06_158 Natural Limed Oak F14_023 Medea Pear Nature F19_001 Zebrano F25_001 Plum Tegera Nature F26_025 Walnut Padua F26_030 Albany Walnut Light F30_003 Light Striped Elm F37_023 Bloomed Beech F37_064 Core Beech Port More...
Melamine and Laminate Stone Reproductions
Antares 1 Grey Antares 2 Black Camelot 1 Antique Piazza 1 Ochre Piazza 3 Sepia Scala 2 Bacio Scala 3 Amaretto Torreano 2 Sand Torreano 3 Brown Torreano 5 Dark More...
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