Cascade Audio Product Catalog

Noise Control: Where do I start?

Choosing the correct product for your application can be really easy if you properly identify the noise from the start. There are many contributors to automotive noise and the noise exists across a wide bandwidth of frequencies. To effectively reduce the noise floor within a vehicle, a combination of materials must be used. This technique will result in a greatly reduced installation time, a serious reduction in the amount of added weight to the vehicle and bunch of money saved in your wallet. A sound control system typically consists of vibration dampers, sound barriers, sound absorbers and gasketing products. The Cascade Audio Engineering line of VBLOK sound control products are modular by design and may be installed in stages. The benefit is in the installation time saved and the minimal amount of weight added to the vehicle. The addition of an automotive noise control system will not only produce a quieter, more comfortable ride but it will also dramatically improve the performance of automotive audio systems. This means you can use less power to achieve sonic perfection once thought impossible.

How do I choose the right Noise Control product?

When trying to reduce or eliminate various types of automotive noise, it is often necessary to utilize a variety of specialized noise control materials. Cascade Audio Engineering offers a wide variety of these products to help you achieve a quieter and more comfortable passenger compartment regardless of what you drive. There are several types of sound control porducts and they can be broken down into these categories…

Vibration Dampers

Vibration dampers are used to eliminate or reduce structural resonance and vibration. Vibration dampers are not designed to block sound.

Sound Barriers

Sound barriers are used to block and reflect high energy airborne sound like road noise in the form of exhaust, airflow, drivetrain and tire noise.

Sound Absorbers

Sound absorbers are primarily used to soak up mid band and high frequency airborne sound and reflect thermal energy. Absorbers are typically very lightweight and do not damp vibration.

Gasketing Materials

Gasketing materials are used to eliminate squeaks, rattles and buzzes and to seal speakers.

How much Noise Control material do I need to purchase?

The best way to determine how much you will need is to physically measure the surfaces to be treated. Our technical support department is very good, some have said that it is the best in the industry, however sometimes our guys can be off by a couple of square feet. Nothing is worse than spending all day installing sound deadening products only to find that you are short on materials. So please, take a few minutes to measure and then contact our technical department. We’ll make sure you get exactly the right amount of material for the job!

CAE’s Audio Enhancement History

For almost twenty years, mobile audio professionals and consumers worldwide have relied on Cascade Audio Engineering for superior, high performance, lightweight automotive noise control products. The VBLOK line of materials have been recognized by industry leaders as superior in design and functionality.

The Concept of Audio Enhancement

Our belief has always been that “more is not better”. The key to an effective sound control system is in using a specific material to reduce or elimiate a specific type of noise. If all automotive noise was the same, then one product is all you would need. But all automotive noise is not the same and noise is generated from a variety of sources.

When it comes to maximizing autosound quality and performance, no other noise control brand can touch the performance of the modular VBLOK products. Some vehicles are quieter and tighter than others but the reality is that they are all rolling tin cans. The effective use of dampers, barriers and absorbers will help to keep unwanted noise out and minimize your sound energy losses. Vibration dampers will prevent sound energy from being converted into mechanical energy which is a loss. Barriers block and reflect low frequency road noise that typically masks low frequency amanating from subwoofers. Absorbers used in specific areas of the vehicle will soak up reverberating sound in closed cavitites absorb mid and high frequency airflow and mechanical noise.

A sound control system will lead to dramatically improved auto sound quality. Not only will sound quality improve, but less amplifier power is required to overcome the noise floor. This equates to a reduced load on the vehicle electrical system and reduced costs in terms of amplification, power generation and distribution.

CAE’s Audio Enhancement Experience

Our technical support is unmatched in this industry. We have 40 years of combined professional car audio installation experience on our technical support team. We have been installers, competition judges and our Product Manager Doug Moir has even written the book (Alpine GAIT Training Manual) on mobile audio perfection.

Regardless of whatever it is you drive, our technical support department has the ability to help you navigate through the products to determine which combination of materials best suits your needs and budget.