Sound in Concert Halls and Studios

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Neville H. Fletcher


When music or speech is heard indoors, most of the sound waves that reach the listeners’ars have been reflected by one or more surfaces of the room or by objects within the room. Typically, sound waves undergo many reflections before they become inaudible. It is not surprising, then, that the acoustical properties of the room play an important role in determining the nature of the sound heard by a listener. Performers in a concert hall, teachers in a classroom, actors in a theater, and speakers in a church or assembly hall all depend upon the acoustics of the room in which they attempt to communicate with their audience. When we listen to recorded music or watch television or home movies in our living rooms, the acoustics of the room also has much to do with the quality of the sound we hear. Recording studios, large and small, have their own special acoustical requirements, and many musicians are creating small studios to make demonstration records.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Neville H. Fletcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Sciences Research School of Physical Sciences and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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