What do you need to do?
With acoustic controls it is possible to both have louder music on the dance floor and significantly reduce noise levels where people are working.
- The noise at any one point in a venue has three paths:
- the direct path is the uninterrupted path between the loudspeaker and the ear
- the reverberant path is the sound reflected off one or more surfaces.
- the structural path through the fabric of the building
- Acoustic absorption helps to control reverberant paths and without it the noise levels would be similar throughout the venue
- Absorption can also improve the sound quality of the music
Here are some ways you can absorb noise in a venue:
- Avoid uncovered floors and plastered ceilings and walls where possible.
- Line the ceiling above the dance floor and performance areas with acoustically absorbent materials, such as acoustic tiles ensuring that they meet the required standards of flame retardancy.
- Line walls with acoustic absorbent coatings.
- Line static work areas, such as pay desks or cloakrooms, with absorbent coatings.
- Fit curtains and carpets, ensuring that they meet the required standards of flame retardancy.
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