Tips for designing and creating acoustically-treated auditoriums

Tips for designing and creating acoustically-treated auditoriums

By , 27-July-2017

To create acoustically-treated auditoriums is not an easy task, as this single area can be used for different scenarios. However, the primary concern when designing auditoriums is that every seat present in the auditorium receives proper sound with an equal amount of sound clarity.

Before creating an ideal acoustic auditorium, one must clearly understand about the intended use of the room and analyse how the sound will be reflected within the area. Following are few useful tips for creating optimum auditorium design. 

1. Audio engineering and designing 

This is one of the important aspects of auditorium designing. A properly audio-engineered auditorium will certainly have maximum impact on the audience. To create such auditorium, it must be treated for acoustics on the sides and ceiling. Moreover, the sound system design must be according to the acoustics and noise level of the room.  

2. Centralised control in high pressure environment 

Touch-based controllers can be used for easy monitoring of a system, especially in the high-pressure environment and during high-profile live events. These control systems help in managing all the sound and lighting equipment easily through one touch-screen platform. It can be integrated with almost any electrical system including HVAC, lighting, drapes, sound systems, AV devices, etc. 

3. Visibility of the stage  

Another essential point while creating an auditorium is to ensure that stage or screen is visible to each and every audience present during the event. Here, sloped floors and staggered seating come into play. Plus, there must be at least 1/6th of the distance between the screen and last row, otherwise, visibility of the screen content will be compromised for people sitting in the back row. 

4. Noise control systems  

To reduce the impact of HVAC systems and mechanical systems on the room’s acoustics, noise control, and vibration isolation systems must be installed into the auditoriums. For this, a systematic noise measurement study must be done by the audio engineers and designers of the auditorium. Moreover, they also needed to decide what sort of modifications are needed to mitigate noise impact on the environment. 

5. Stage Lighting 

Stage lighting is important for better visibility and also to set the right mood. It can enhance or diminish the aesthetics of the performance on stage. So, compromising with stage lighting is not a good decision. Instead, one must invest on proper lighting fixtures like flood lights, spot lights, wash lights, moving heads, lasers, etc. for better visual impact.