Catalyst Conversations 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 you will enjoy the insights our guests bring to this podcast.

Episode #7 - 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 Acoustics' 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.

Episode #6 - 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!

Episode #5 - 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, and Doug McDaniel, CEO of Pacific Sound Control.

Listen to part 1 to 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.

Listen to part 2 to hear about 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 the full episode to learn more about both applications.


Episode #4 - 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.

Episode #3 - What Impact Do Acoustics Have on Children & Teachers in Schools and How Can We Create the Best Environment for Both?

The third episode of Catalyst Conversations will sound a little different than our previous two episodes. In this edition, Slavi Younger, Educator on Acoustics and the Co-Founder of Fräsch, one of the companies in Catalyst’s portfolio, speaks with Sue Ann Highland, a National Education Strategist and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with School Specialty, in a previously recorded webinar from late 2022.

During the discussion, the two offer suggestions on how to improve acoustics in educational spaces. Undesirable acoustics in educational spaces have long been considered averse to our goals to effectively teach, create, collaborate, listen, and learn. The impact on students’ academic achievement, social adaptation, and mental health can be vast and long lasting. Because the webinar received such positive feedback, and because the takeaways span industries outside of education, we wanted to share the audio with our podcast listeners. We hope you find the episode informative and enjoyable.

Episode #2 - How Do You Read an Acoustical Test Report and What Can You Do With the Results?

In the second edition of Catalyst Conversations by Catalyst Acoustics Group, we speak with Eric Wolfram, the laboratory manager of Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories.

If you’re in the world of acoustics, chances are, you’ve probably heard that name before. In this episode, Eric will give us insight into what services Riverbank offers, how to read an acoustical test report, and how best to utilize the results. With so much real-world experience and implementable best practices being shared in this talk, this is an episode you won’t want to miss!

Episode #1 - What is MetaWrx and How Did It Help Alberta Health Services?

In the series premiere of Catalyst Conversations by Catalyst Acoustics Group, we discuss MetaWrx, a low-profile isolator for lightweight build-up applications developed by Kinetics Noise Control.

Tonya Levine, Kinetics Director of Sales for the Building Acoustics market, and Chris Williams, Kinetics Territory Development Manager also for the Building Acoustics market, help to introduce the product and discuss the many features and benefits, as well as the first completed installation of MetaWrx at a fitness facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Tune in to this episode to hear more!