Studios

What do you need to do?

Acoustic controls

  • 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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