Auditorium acoustics

Few consultancies can predict the acoustics of auditoria beyond estimation of reverberation times.  Even fewer can relate the calculated acoustical parameters to the subjective response of performers and audiences.  We can do this for any space from a studio theatre to a 10,000 seat arena, and compare the results with existing venues so that designers and performers can judge how a given design will sound.

Auditorium design is among the most complex and specialised fields of both acoustics and architecture.  Auditoria range in size from the studio theatre seating a few dozen people to the rock venue for an audience of many thousands. Typical uses are:

  • Theatres
  • Chamber music recital halls
  • Symphony concert halls
  • Opera houses
  • Cinemas
  • Conference centres
  • Rock music venues

Each use has its own acoustic requirement and in many cases the acoustic design requires a very flexible approach to allow several uses in a single venue.  In the past this frequently involved “Compromise design” resulting in acoustics that were adequate for several uses but not particularly good for any of them.  We do not encourage this approach.  Instead we have worked with leading theatre designers and stage engineering manufacturers to develop truly flexible spaces capable of providing excellent acoustics for a wide range of uses.

Capstone PAC
Mikhailovsky Theatre
OPEN Norwich