Good and Bad Concert Halls

The acoustics of a hall

Main componets of a good concert hall

The acoustics of a hall consist of volume, equalization, and reverberation, these reflect the sounds within the hall (The Anstendig Institute, 1984). Good acoustics fill the space of the hall. Bad acoustic easily picks up audience notice. A concert hall should not favor high frequencies, but should have a mellow, warm sound, it should slightly soften the higher frequencies.

A bad and good example of sound in a concert hall

One example of a bad sounding Hall is Davis Hall, this hall has bad acoustic it is loud and has strongly reflecting surfaces, their carpet slightly improves the auditorium but audience noises are still very audible (The Anstendig Institute, 1984). Carnegie Hall in New York City is said to be one of the best concert halls in the world. This is because a good auditorium will effective projection sound all the way to the rear of the auditorium so those in the back will not loss sound level, having a long reverberation helps as well as having a high, reflective ceiling to reflect sound to the back of the auditorium makes for a good sounding performance (The Anstendig Institute, 1984).

A good hall enhances the experience and perception of sound