Suitable reverberation time for halls for rock and pop music

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Suitable reverberation time for halls for rock and pop music. / Adelman-Larsen, Niels Werner; Thompson, Eric Robert; Gade, Anders Christian.

In: Acoustical Society of America. Journal, Vol. 127, No. 1, 2010, p. 247-255.

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title = "Suitable reverberation time for halls for rock and pop music",
abstract = "The existing body of literature regarding the acoustic design of concert halls has focused almost exclusively on classical music, although there are many more performances of popular music, including rock and pop. Objective measurements were made of the acoustics of 20 rock music venues in Denmark and a questionnaire was used in a subjective assessment of those venues with professional rock musicians and sound engineers as expert listeners. Correlations between the measurements show that clarity, including bass frequencies down to 63 Hz, is important for the general impression of the acoustics of the hall. The best-rated halls in the study have reverberation times that are approximately frequency independent from 0.6 to 1.2 s for hall volumes from 1000 to 6000 m3. The worst rated halls in the study had significantly higher reverberation times in the 63 and 125 Hz bands. Since most audiences at rock concerts are standing, absorption coefficients were measured with a standing audience from 63 Hz to 4 kHz. These measurements showed that a standing audience absorbs about five times as much energy in mid-/high-frequency bands as in low-frequency bands.",
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