Nick Colleran building the studio in the 1970's.

Our History

Before SOUND was invented!
(Not true...)

Before COLOR was invented!

Back in the 1970's

Our history in sound control began with a curiosity about why recording studios and performance venues had their unique sounds, both good and bad, and the causes of inconsistencies among them. We listened and learned.

In the seventies, the principals of Acoustics First founded a large scale professional recording studio to service both the recording artist and the commercial audio producer. With limited information and lack of off-the-shelf acoustical materials, we built our own diffuser-bass traps, resilient clips, fabric covered fiberglass absorbers and high-mass barrier walls.

Building Barrel diffusers by hand
Paul (Noel Stookey) of Peter, Paul, and Mary listens to the quiet at our booth at the NY AES in 1979.

Into the 80's and 90's.

As the eighties were about to start, we discovered an anechoic wedge acoustical foam in an industrial magazine and realized it was a quick fix to a common problem for both recording and broadcast rooms. The material was introduced to the audio world at the Audio Engineering Society’s convention in New York as a new product, with us as the only acoustical supplier there.

The following decade saw increased awareness of acoustics and our product appeared throughout the world. This was aided by our three distribution warehouses and computerized, networked sales system.

The New Millennium

As the new millennium approached, Acoustics First was born, with its sole emphasis on acoustical material design, manufacture and distribution.

This focus involved developing new ways of designing  acoustic materials using state-of-the-art technologies.

The company now holds several patents in acoustics and supplies facilities of all sizes and functions worldwide.