What do you need to do?
- Noise has three paths:
- the direct path is the uninterrupted path between the source of sound and the ear
- the reverberant path is the sound reflected off one or more surfaces
- the structural path is through the fabric of the building
- Acoustic absorption helps to control the reverberant paths
- Absorption can also improve the sound quality of the music
Here are some ways you can absorb noise in a studio:
- Avoid uncovered floors and plastered ceilings and walls where possible
- Line the ceiling in the performance area with acoustically absorbent materials, such as acoustic tiles, ensuring that they meet the required standards of flame retardancy
- Line walls with acoustic absorbent coatings
- Fit curtains and carpets, ensuring that they meet the required standards of flame retardancy
- Use acoustic screens to isolate loud instruments or shield people from sounds
- Try to use shielding materials that are acoustically absorbent, rather than reflective
- Try to reduce noise 'hot spots' in performance areas by installing sound absorbent materials
- Provide screened areas and acoustic refuges.
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