The one we typically use is from a company called Speech Privacy. They are
small speakers, about 3” dia., that we can hang from the ceiling or insert into
a drop ceiling. They’re low voltage, so we can usually install an entire
space-worth in a 1/2 day. The important thing to remember is that the speakers
should be close to listeners, not necessarily people talking. They’re installed
on a 10’ grid. The companies who provide the units will typically lay them out
for you on a reflected ceiling plan, but we usually do it ourselves — they
always add a few more speakers than we need!
There are systems that will allow music to be played. We use white, gray, brown
or pink noise. You can read about the differences. The generator (I forget the
name) can sit in your server room, or pretty much any place.
Speech Privacy isn’t the only manufacturer, and they’ve recently raised prices,
so you may want to check out others. An entire space usually costs us $2,500 -
$4,000, but it makes a place so much more pleasant. A new space can be
oppressively silent; a place with more people can feel uncomfortable if one
person’s voice dominates.
Hope this helps!
> On Mar 13, 2018, at 2:04 AM, Tom Ball <t...@tom-ball.com> wrote:
> Hi Barbara,
> Can you share more about the noise cancellation system you use please? And
> any lessons you've learnt about where it does & doesn't work?
> Thank you!
> DeskLodge, UK
> On Monday, 12 March 2018 15:47:08 UTC, Barbara Sprenger wrote:
> Hi Julia,
> I think this may answer one of my questions to your other post!
> We always put in a noise cancellation system, which really helps with sound
> Also, when you look at space, think about high ceilings, which also help with
> both sound and a feeling of spaciousness and privacy.
> Lastly, we try to always have two somewhat separated cafe spaces (our term
> for open coworking areas), so we can have one with "library rules".
> Oops. And other lastly, it's important to have "the watercooler", the
> breakroom area where people are comfortable socializing more.
> In a small space, it's so difficult to manage sound, which (to me) is always
> the biggest headache in coworking. We just try to duplicate space into quiet
> and free speech zones!
> On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:06:40 AM UTC-8, Julia Ferguson wrote:
> On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:04:55 AM UTC-5, Julia Ferguson wrote:
> We have members who are quite loud in our main flexible seating coworking
> room (roughly 13 x 35 feet with seating for 16). One member laughs so loudly
> it can be heard from other rooms and greets people with a loud "Hey!".
> Another with a loud voice strikes up a conversation with almost everyone he
> comes into contact with. We have tried without success to get these noisy
> members to quiet down, but have stopped short of asking them to leave because
> many members like them and engage with them on a regular basis. And they are
> not the only ones - just the most frequent offenders. Members have extended
> conversations in close proximity to others and sometimes nearly the whole
> room erupts in lively conversation. In so many ways, this is a good thing.
> But it's also not so good. The loud people are being really inconsiderate to
> those who are trying to work (and they are violating our "playground rules",
> rules everyone agreed to). Yes ... there are headphones and people use them,
> but some leave the room or even go home because they can't stay focused. I'm
> certain we've lost existing or potential members because of this. We've
> brought the matter up to our members and most don't want anything to change,
> but some really do. We think one of the problems is that we don't have a
> separate space where people can freely talk. They've become friends and they
> want to talk to each other, so they've turned our main coworking space into
> also their social space. We're looking for a larger space and will use these
> observations in choosing a new space, but a larger space isn't guaranteed.
> We may have to stay where we are.
> Has anyone else had this situation and, if so, what did you do?
> Julia Ferguson
> Cowork Frederick (a small 46-person coworking community)
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