Acoustic Design Planning for Music Spaces

If you are involved in the acoustic design of a music space, you might have to think about the type of music played inside and the ensemble size.

This way, you will be able to plan the basic geometries of the space and avoid the music sounding too loud or too quiet. Acoustic calculations and modelling can then follow to fine tune the design and achieve the desired room acoustic criteria.

The Norwegian Standard 8178:2014 provides guidance and criteria for rooms used for music rehearsal and performances. It can not only be used for new build and refurbishment, but also to assess “the suitability of existing spaces for different musical purposes”

This series of slides summarise the basic geometries recommended for different types of music whether the room is for rehearsal or performances. 

 

 

 

SLIDE 1

Rehearsal rooms

Acoustic quiet music

SLIDE 2

Rehearsal rooms

Acoustic loud music

SLIDE 3

Rehearsal rooms

Amplified music

SLIDE 4

Performance spaces

Acoustic quiet music

SLIDE 5

Performance spaces

Acoustic loud music

SLIDE 6

Performance spaces

Amplified music

SLIDE 1

Rehearsal rooms – Acoustic music

 

quiet music including choirs (20-100 singers), vocal ensembles, folk groups, string orchestras (20-40 musicians), groups with string instruments without amplification (20-40 musicians) - individual practice room - small ensemble room - medium ensemble room - large ensemble room - net volume, net area

SLIDE 2

Rehearsal rooms – Acoustic music

 

loud music including brass bands (25-35 musicians), concert bands (20-80 musicians), big bands (15-25 musicians), percussion instruments, symphony orchestras with wind group - individual practice room - small ensemble room - medium ensemble room - large ensemble room - net volume, net area

SLIDE 3

Rehearsal rooms – Amplified music

 

music played through amplified or sound reinforcement equipment including pop and rock bands, jazz bands, vocal groups and big bands and musicals - individual practice room - small ensemble room - medium ensemble room - large ensemble room - net volume, net area

SLIDE 4

Performance spaces – Acoustic music

 

quiet music including choirs (20-100 singers), vocal ensembles, folk groups, string orchestras (20-40 musicians), groups with string instruments without amplification (20-40 musicians) - net volume - average net room height - stage area - number of people in the audience - more on the room geometry , avoid concave room surfaces and triangular/fan-shaped layouts, flat floors or slightly sloping amphi gallery

SLIDE 5

Performance spaces – Acoustic music

 

loud music including brass bands (25-35 musicians), concert bands (20-80 musicians), big bands (15-25 musicians), percussion instruments, symphony orchestras with wind group- net volume - average net room height - stage area - number of people in the audience - more on the room geometry , avoid concave room surfaces and triangular/fan-shaped layouts, flat floors or slightly sloping amphi gallery

SLIDE 6

Performance spaces – Amplified music

 

music played through amplified or sound reinforcement equipment including pop and rock bands, jazz bands, vocal groups and big bands and musicals

 

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