Posted on: August 23rd, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Greeting mat enthusiasts! It’s been a long and eventful week here at MatsMatsMats.com and I’m a little excited at some of the traffic we’ve been getting.Â My customer from Percussion Design is hard at work on a prototype practice drum (see previous post relating to this) and we’re really curious to see how our product stacks up.Â
On a semi-related note, a customer and fellow twiddly-fiddler (this is an industry term for musician) from Kilauea happened upon our rolled rubber to lay over his concrete floor in a jam/rehearsal space.Â I can’t stress enough how great this is for this application!Â Concrete is not only uncomfortable to stand on for hours at a time, but it also helps low end frequencies travel and high frequencies bounce inside the room.Â This results in a boomy, louder-than wanted sound which leads to faster induced ear fatigue.Â Aside form this, one of the great overlooked benefits of our rolled rubber flooring is that rubber is way easier on the legs of drum kits, amplifiers, and any priced instruments that might be accidentally dropped by clumsy band mates.Â To take it a step further, I’m reminded that if rubber isn’t your first aesthetic choice, this is a great product to use as sub-floor which will help to greatly deaden the volume of the rehearsal space. This ought to keep very loving, caring girlfriends/wives happy when they’re trying to not listen to your next number one hit.
Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
For many of us here at MatsMatsMats.com, a VERY typical phone call from a customer starts with “I’m looking for a mat.. but I’m unsure what kind.”Â Thus the glorious process of deductive reasoning begins.Â Because we offer such a wide range of products, it is important to always think of the application.Â This may seem obvious at first but what is not so obvious, is that many of our customers have found some pretty unorthodox or creative uses for our mats.
One of my favorite non-traditional uses of our matsÂ was from 48 Windows Music and Mix, a sound recording and post production studio in Santa Monica, California.Â This company called us looking for a solution to a problem.Â They had a very noisy hallway that would bleed sound from people walking into some of their rooms when doing voice-over work.Â Since they kept having issues with their busy staff not being able to walk through the hallway during normal business hours to avoid any unhappy clients, it was clear they needed something that was rollable, not terribly unsightly, and above all, QUIET.Â After talking for a couple of days back and forth about our manyÂ carpeted mats
, I made aÂ simple suggestion to consider using aÂ different material altogether.Â I have, and continue to work as a second job, as a sound tech (among other things) and most sound techs and acoustics nerds know how powerful rubber can be as a subfloor to absorb and control noise.Â Thus, the bright idea came about to have a 1/4″ to 3/8″ rollable piece of rubber flooring
for the hallway.Â
In the end, 48 Windows Music and Mix purchased several of our 3/8″ rolled rubber flooring
rolls, which isÂ most often used as exercise flooring
or gym flooring.Â They were able to put these rubber flooring rolls in the hall when needed and roll them up and store them when they were not needed.Â The problem was solved by using what is generally used as gym flooring
asÂ rubber runner mats
Â in the hall – it looked fine and the noise was eliminated.Â Another happy customer.
Posted on: June 15th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
While talking with some â€œold-timersâ€ not too long ago, I noticed some of them still hold to some long-held beliefs that just because they did things a certain way, â€œback in the old daysâ€ their way was better.Â I also noticed a few of them of scoffed at some of our modern technologies and advances, such as rolled rubber flooring or anti-fatigue mats.Â But I tell you what: just have any such skeptic stand on some durable, stress-relieving anti-fatigue mats for very long, and theyâ€™ll be singing the praises themselves!
I wear some high-dollar, specially designed shoes that help with nerve pain associated with a back injury, and I can tell you,Â â€œfeeling was believingâ€ in my case. I dare say the same will hold true for anyone you might know who might ordinarily jeer at something they [ignorantly] perceive to be silly or nonsensical.Â The truth is todayâ€™s mindset of preserving our bodies with protective gear, such as spinal supportive shoes or anti-fatigue mats, is not only smart….but also wise.