Acoustics of Concert Halls and Rooms

SOME BASICS OF ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS

Auditorium Acoustics

Science of Sound, Chapter 23 Principles of Vibration and Sound, Chapter 11
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SOUND FIELD p vs r log p vs log r Free field Reflections .

Sound decay Sound decay in a 400 m3 classroom Sound pressure level as a function of time for that room .

the formula may be written: RT= 0.161 V/A (V in m3.GROWTH AND DECAY OF REVERBERANT SOUND RT = K (volume / area) RT = 0.2 ) . A in ft.049 V/A (V in ft.3 . A in m2 ) If room dimensions are given in feet.

Decay of reverberant sound (a) and (b) are decay curves of sound pressure and sound level in a room with uniform energy distribution (c) shows different initial and final reverberation times (d) shows peaks due to prominent standing waves or room resonances .

CALCULATING REVERBERATION TIME .

CALCULATING REVERBERATION TIME .

Desirable reverberation times for various sizes and functions Variation of reverberation time with frequency in good halls .

McDermott Concert Hall (Dallas) .

Orchestra Hall (Chicago) .

Meyerhof Symphony Hall (Baltimore) .

Walt Disney Concert Hall .

Disney .

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Kimmel Center Auditorium .

BACKGROUND NOISE CRITERIA .

Important criteria for concert halls: •Spatial impression •Intimacy •Early decay time •Clarity •“Warmth” .

Concert halls throughout the World .

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