Acoustics of Multi-Use Performing Arts Centers by Mark Holden

By Mark Holden

Making use of the reviews of a world-renowned acoustician celebrated for the profitable layout of multi-use appearing arts facilities, Acoustics of Multi-Use acting Arts facilities examines the complexities of this venue and discusses the demanding situations and options that come up within the thought, layout, building and commissioning phases.

This e-book addresses a few of the programming wishes of a multi-use appearing arts middle (needs which may diversity from symphony, opera and ballet to highly-amplified concert events and Broadway productions) and offers guide from the making plans of the preliminary thought to the ultimate tuning stages.

While assuming a easy realizing of the principals of sound, building and function, the writer comprises architectural drawings attracted to scale and offers case reports with in-depth dialogue of undocumented halls. He additionally presents an entire bankruptcy on tuning multi-use halls and provides an within examine layout ideas for adjustable acoustics that come with level, pit and corridor layout.

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Distribution of Reverberant Sound Recall from Chapter 2 that Sabine’s equation relates RT to the volume V and total sound absorption A of a room. However, reverberant sound is not evenly distributed in most halls that have balconies and upper level seating. Numerous measurements in halls clearly document higher RT levels in upper reaches of the room than on the main floor. Yet, ironically tickets and seats on lower levels are almost always priced higher. Chris Jaffe, would claim that his goal was to make all seats in the hall sound like the balcony seats.

C) Bass Hall, 2000 seats. 10 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Feet 0 5 10 20 30 Meters (A) Creating the Acoustic Program ◾ 41 42 ◾ Acoustics of Multi-Use Performing Arts Centers to eliminate side balconies and boxes for the 1800-seat multi-use hall at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Generally speaking, multi-use halls with fewer than 400 seats do not require a balcony. Halls with 400–1200 seats do well with a single balcony, and those with more than 1200 seats require two or three balconies.

Urban Sites Urban sites are prone to general city noise such as traffic, emergency vehicles, and special events like parades or fireworks. Be aware of the location of hospitals, fire stations, and police stations. Determine if the hospital has a helipad, which will require extra sound isolation. Aircraft Identify nearby airports early on in the process. A hall that is directly on axis with a runway will have problems. Noise does drop quickly if the hall is off axis with a runway. 9). Rail Rail lines also cause noise and vibration issues.

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