A local church contacted us about helping to address some bad reflection issues they were having in their sanctuary. The church had previously had the room analyzed and had the engineering report from that study. We worked with the engineering report and the church staff to come up with a solution to help reduce reflections in the room.
The analysis of the room showed that the areas that needed the most acoustic treatments were toward the rear of the sanctuary. Much like the engineering report, we tackled the job in stages. Fortunately, the first stage of work was effective enough to satisfy their needs. The first stage of work was replacing the ineffective existing acoustic treatment on the upper part of the wall with 2″ thick panels. The panels are wrapped in a matching, acoustically transparent cloth. Inside the panels is sound absorbing material designed to limit the amount of reflections in the usable frequency response of the room. The lower back walls were also treated. Since there were a number of windows and lighting fixtures we came up with a pattern to place longer, skinnier panels in that was cosmetically pleasing.
The Stage One treatment was effective in reducing the reflections in the sanctuary. We were happy to know that our work would help increase the intelligibility of spoken word during the services. Here at Sound Line Design we deal with not only audio reproduction, but also help to improve the sound in the environment that it is being reproduced in. If you have a home or business that could benefit from acoustic treatment, give us a call or contact us here to speak with one of our specialists.