Auditoria and theatres

Auditoria and theatres have specific acoustic requirements which are critical to the performance of the room. Sound inside an auditorium is composed of two parts: direct sound and reverberant sound. Achieving good acoustics in an auditorium is the science and art of blending these two components in the correct amounts without spectoral distortion.

Some acoustical problems that may occur in auditoria are: flutter echo between highly reflective side walls; echoes caused by hard surfaces on the rear wall; acoustic focusing due to curved surfaces; too much sound absorption causing a ‘dull’ auditorium; or a low ceiling preventing the sound of an orchestra blending into one (ensemble).

With some thought towards the acoustical design of auditoria and theatres, these problems can be designed out of the building. We welcome the opportunity to provide clients with acoustical advice.