All About Room Design
We all know that most recordings are made in recording
studios. And most people realize that recording studios
are specially built to have good room acoustics. But many
people don't consider the importance of room acoustics
for the playback of music. Well designed and implemented
acoustic treatment can make any good system sound
And if the goal is to reproduce film, a good room
design needs well controlled lighting, as well as proper
acoustics. A properly designed home theater takes the
reproduction of a video or film to a significantly higher
When a client has the freedom to build a new room
(either through new construction, an addition, or through
remodeling), we can adopt a comprehensive approach to
realizing outstanding performance in that room. This
approach carefully designs:
- The dimensions and shape of the room, which form
the basic acoustics of the room, particularly in
the bass region.
- The techniques and materials used in the
construction of the room, which determine the
resonant, sound transmission, and sound isolation
properties of the room boundaries.
- The acoustic treatments within the room, which
given the dimensions, shape, and construction of
the room, refine the bass characteristics of the
room, and define the midrange and treble
acoustics of the room.
- The electrical system, so that the utility
company can deliver the highest quality power to
the audio components. Also, in some cases the
design of the electrical system may need to
reduce the electrical noise from external
sources, such as television transmitters,
industrial equipment, or computers.
- The heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC)
system, so that noise isn't introduced into the
room. If soundproofing is desired so that the
music room doesn't disturb others in the house,
then we also can offer consultation on the design the HVAC system for sound
And for home theaters, we additionally consider:
Floor, wall, and ceiling color also are important considerations. There are obviously both technical and aesthetic trade-offs that
sometimes need to be made. We work very closely with your
architect and interior designer to make whatever trade-offs are
necessary be as non-deleterious as possible to system performance. If you are selecting colors yourself here is a
link that you might find useful ―
however we suggest that you utilize the services of a design
professional if at all possible.
- Lighting and lighting control. Lighting is the
intentional addition of artificial light with the goal being of
not hindering the video system's performance. Lighting
control is the elimination of external light to
prevent the degradation of the system's
- Sight lines, which need to be considered so that everyone can
see the entire frame of the movie.
Tip: It's much easier to build a great
sounding room than it is to make any old room
sound great. We suggest that you involve us early
in the design process ― ideally before any plans have been drawn
up or any room dimensions have been decided upon!
For more information on each of the individual topics you can click
on the links above.
We offer our design and consulting services to those who wish to
build their own dream room. If you are one of those lucky
few, you are invited to call and arrange an appointment
to speak to us about your project.