Optimizing acoustics in theatres, concert halls and auditoria presents many challenges. Unamplified music or speech often lacks sufficient loudness throughout an entire space. Amplified sound can be too reverberant, resulting in a lack of intelligibility and clarity.
Modern facilities tend to be multifunctional. One space may host theatre, presentations, and live classical or contemporary music, so its design must include seemingly conflicting amplification requirements. Typically, aside from source-specific performance spaces, venues are designed for multi-purpose use by featuring acoustic treatment that can be “switched on or off” according to room usage.
BAP Acoustics uses sound simulation software to assist with designing acoustically complex interior spaces. Enhanced-Acoustic Simulator for Engineers (EASE) allows us to create a 3D acoustic model of any room. We simulate “what if” scenarios by varying room shape, orientation, and dimensions, as well as types and locations of acoustic treatment. Our engineers optimize the use of both reflective and sound absorbent acoustic treatment to promote loudness uniformity throughout performance spaces, thereby ensuring increased musical clarity and speech intelligibility.
Choices made during the design process may have significant cost implications. The benefits of selecting one type of acoustic treatment over another, or omitting the treatment altogether, can be “auralized” to the design team, and subsequently to the client, before these decisions take place.