Acoustic Wall Panels work in the same way as to sound shields. The purpose of having sound-blocking materials is to block other noises within an area or room and not allow them to enter, thus reducing noise.
Acoustic wall panels can serve varying purposes depending on their material, design, and shape –
1) Noise protection from loud machinery outside a building
2) Block exterior traffic noise heard indoors (and vice versa)
3) Prevent people talking loudly near somebody’s office window from disrupting their concentration. Acoustic foam sheets are also useful for protecting speakers, microphones, and larger pieces of equipment from damage when they are moved around often by avoiding any unnecessary contact with the walls/surfaces in the surrounding environment or space; this essentially fulfills the purpose of acoustical insulation.
4) Acoustic Wall Panels can also prevent sound from within a building or space to escape and be heard by people outside the structure where they were not intended to hear them (i.e. conversations going on in the next room).
5) Mitigate echoes and reverberation caused by bad microphone placements or bad acoustics
6) Acoustic foam sheets can also be used as a sound-absorbing material for people who are recording in studios. In essence, the purpose of acoustic paneling (if placed correctly and not done carelessly) is to reduce sound reflections within an enclosed space. A common application includes sound booths or studios where there is a lot of equipment that may cause noise pollution such as music studios and voice recording booths. When you’re considering sound-proofing materials for your recording studio, the first thing to consider is why you need them.