Common acoustic problems
Compliance with regulations in terms of noise is a very common issue. It may require increased soundproofing or a noise management system. Both are dependent on limits provided by the regulator. These limits are defined in units different to those measured by hand held Sound Pressure Level meters, so an acoustic engineer with appropriate measurement equipment should be engaged in the investigation and design of remedial actions.
Acoustic panels of any type that are used in a venue need to meet some critical criteria;
They must have compliance to the Building Code of Australia for Fire Hazard Safety (BCA C1.10)
They should have a suitable absorption coefficient (NRC), AlphaW and Sound Absorption Class (Appendix B of DIN EN ISO 11654)
They should not fade or collapse over time
Isolation and noise management systems should comply with local regulations.
What does it look like?
The common foam or glasswool panels used in studios stand out like cheap, tardy after thoughts. The best option is to either make something that is hidden or make custom absorbers that fit with the decor. They can even be made into a feature combined with lighting, surface finishes etc.
With the new legislation for maxmium volumes for live events, you may find you need to ensure you keep under the legal limits. 10Eazy was developed y engineers to do just this. Enabling the FOH guy or gal to make sure they can get the most out of the PA without breaking the law.