Auditorium Acoustics

We have all attended, at one time or another, an event where we have difficulty clearly hearing the lyrics to the music, the words of the speaker, or the separation of the musical instruments of an orchestra. It can be very frustrating. It can also be avoided if the acoustical consulting services of AcoustiControl are utilized at the design phase of the project.

It is unfortunate that there are lecture halls, theatres and auditoriums that look beautiful, but sound bad. Some have seats located in spots where it is almost impossible to understand what is being sung or spoken. It is sad to think of all the hundreds of hours that go into rehearsal time by the lecturer or performers so that they can give a flawless delivery and yet they happen to be performing in a space with inferior acoustics. All their diligence may be wasted. This doesn't even take into account the listener, who possibly bought a ticket to an event only to be disappointed because they couldn't hear clearly what they wanted to hear. Their experience is diminished.

Think Ballrooms for wedding receptions! We all have our stories of the music blaring too loudly to overcome the poor acoustics of the room, which in turn makes it practically impossible for the wedding guests to  visit with one another. Sometimes, they just give up trying to talk! What a shame.

Auditorium, multipurpose room and performance space acoustics are unique and complex because several different elements are being required of the spaces at the same time. The spoken word, vocal and or instrumental music all need something different. These spaces could be anything from a space where a basketball game is played on one night and the school musical is performed on the next night, to a very sophisticated space where corporations conduct global teleconferences and multimedia events. An auditorium could also be where professional theatre drama and musical productions are performed.

In performance space acoustics, auditorium acoustics, and multipurpose space acoustics it is important that when designing the acoustics of these spaces, to be aware of the "feel" of the space.

This does not refer to anything visual, but rather the "acoustic feel" of the space. Unbeknownst to people who use these spaces, if the space is not acoustically balanced, then people may feel restless, or uncomfortable, or distracted. Obviously, this would be highly undesirable.

The effective conveyance of messages that are spoken or musically delivered can suffer if several acoustic factors that can be identified in acoustic consulting are not considered in the design phase.

The goal of a good acoustical consultant is to learn from their client what the uses of their client's space will be and to design that space so that regardless of where one is sitting, they can hear clearly, whether it is a choir performance, a play, a lecture, a concert or a multimedia event.