A Pansini Percussion Screen is a transparent acoustic panel or system of panels that are used around drums, percussion, orchestral instruments’ like a brass section or possibly other loud musical instruments in order to acoustically separate unusually loud instruments from other musical instruments and vocalists that may be in close proximity. These sound screens are a tool used by sound people to avoid sound control problems caused when loud instruments overwhelm quieter instruments and vocals on stage. Sound screens are usually made out of a 4.6 mm thick clear acrylic sheet material. In parts of Europe, the transparent material used is sometimes called Perspex. A more expensive scratch resistant or AB (abrasion-Resistant) acrylic is also sometimes used for rugged use and touring application.

 

While acrylic sound screens perform fairly well as sound barriers, they reflect most sound that impacts them and so very little sound is actually absorbed. Therefore, it is usually recommended that some type of acoustic absorption product, such as acoustic foam, heavy curtains, acoustic panels, or absorption baffles be used on a sufficient percentage of the screens surface and opposite the screen in order to soak up and dissipate as much of the direct and reflected sound energy as possible.

 

In some applications where the performance area has high ceilings that reflect a large percentage of the sound, acrylic sheet is sometimes used to almost completely surround the loud instrument on all sided an above to create what is commonly known as an isolation booth. While this technique will aid in isolating the load sound source, the interior acoustics of any booth with such a large percentage of highly reflective surfaces will be difficult or impossible to control. It id therefore recommended that at least 60% or more of the reflective surfaces inside this type of isolation booth be treated with acoustic absorption products. It is also wise to use additional carpet padding and carpet under the entire setup to reduce reflections off the floor and absorb additional sound energy.

 

I hope this helps you in understanding how a sound screen can work for you 

Any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact me @ sales@pansinipercussion.com

 

Regards Nick Pansini. 


The Panel


Each panel is 4.5mm thick. Made from high quality scratch resistant acrylic. The laser cut edges of each acrylic panel provide a smooth and clear finish that is safe for regular handling. All four corners of each panel are rounded allowing easy cable access.


The Hinge

 

Transparent full length hinges made from high impact, UV stable Plexiglas that is five times stronger than general purpose acrylic. Unlike a piano hinge which traps dirt this acrylic hinge flexes with each panel preventing any stress damage in the screen.


The Portability

 

Designed with the working drummer in mind, these screens are light weight and transportable in the back seat of any car. With accordion style hinging the whole screen will fold down to the size of a single panel.

 

Sizes of screens readily available are:


SONIC7

Panel Drum Screen with optional roller hard case (7 panels each at 1450mm high x 460mm wide x 4mm thick)


SONIC8

Larger size Drum screen ( 8 panels each at 1800mm high x 460mm wide x 4.5mm thick)


SONIC3

Large guitar and bass amplifier screen suits most quad boxes( 3 panels each at 1000mm high x 600mm wide x 6mm thick)