Band room acoustic alterations!

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by jimmythesaint, Jun 27, 2005.

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  1. jimmythesaint

    jimmythesaint Member

    Hello all, I am just writing to anybody who has any knowledge of changing acoustics in a band room.
    We are not very happy with the acoustics in our band room for the following reasons.

    1) It is difficult to hear yourself play.
    2) It is difficult to hear other players and sections.
    3) It is not very sympathetic towards dynamics and the awareness of them!

    We are looking to get it sorted and we are aware that it will be pricey but we are also aware of the old egg box trick so don't worry about that one!!
    Has anyone used or know of any companies who they can recommend?
    We played in Point of Ayrs band room quite recently and thought it was superb so if there is anyone out there that knows about this one let us know too!

    Looking forward to your responses.
    Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band
  2. jimmythesaint

    jimmythesaint Member

    I've just spotted the other recent acoustic thread!
    Apologies all.
  3. Hi,

    A good starting place is the Institute of Acoustics website,

    if you click on 'Members Register' on the right hand side you can search for consultancies in your area. Ones listed as specialists in architectural acoustics or building acoustics should be able to help you out.

    From your description I guess the room is too reverberant? A consultant would normally measure the reverberation time and then propose suitable absorbers to bring it down to what you require. May also suggest diffusers etc if there are noticable echos. Might be worth mentioning that most brass bands prefer it quite 'dead' for rehearsal. Orchestral concert halls tend to be built to have a reverberation time of about 2 seconds (think of BBC Studio 7 or Symphony Hall) but I suspect you would probably want less than this for a brass band, especially in rehearsal where you're looking for detail.

    (Haven't been to Point of Ayr bandroom, but if you know a rehearsal room you like you could get you're consultant to mimic the reverberation time of that room, either by measuring it or contacting whoever set up the acoustics for it.)

    Richard Cookson.
    Eb Bass, Besses o'th' Barn

    Acoustics Research Unit,
    University of Liverpool.
  4. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    The Point of Ayr Bandroom was renovated in the late 1990's and is one of the best rehersal facilities I have played at ( I think Mike Fowles the bands conductor at the time had input in the design), there is a company in Oswestry which deals with recording studio / rehersal facilities acoutic design , will try and find out what they are called .
    hope this helps.
  5. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    ... sounds to me like the ideal preparation for most contest venue accoustics ... ;)
  6. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    yeah, we have all those problems and more - but its nothing to do with the room
  7. Di

    Di Active Member

    Well spotted. Since have done so, I'll put a link to the other thread here and close this one.

    Click here for alternate acoustic thread.
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