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carne_de_res

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vaulted ceilings and acoustics
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:55:43 am »

Hello, I'm no acoustics expert, so please bear with my ignorance.

Until June last year, I ran a small live venue wich held about 100 people and was 90 square metres. Dimensions were about 6 mt wide, 15 mt long and 3.5 metres high.
The venue was an old wine cellar and had pretty "live" walls (bricks and stones) and a vaulted (slightly curved, not triangular) ceiling.
All in all the place looked pretty nice and sounded very good and i believe the vaulted ceiling was partly responsible for that.

In your experience, do vaulted ceilings and nice acoustics mix up? Have you ever encountered a space with such charecteristics that sounded alright?

Thank you very much for your help.
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Ethan Winer

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Re: vaulted ceilings and acoustics
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2009, 03:13:15 pm »

Generally, angled and curved surfaces that are concave are considered a Bad Thing for acoustics. Concave shapes tend to focus sound, which is bad and is the opposite of diffusion which scatters sound. But if the curve is gentle it probably has little detrimental effect.

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Re: vaulted ceilings and acoustics
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009, 09:51:22 pm »

Thanks so much for the clarification, Ethan!
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