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Observations on acoustics, design and music
A typical design fee range for a single room (studio, dedicated listening or reference home theater) is $500 to $3,000. A multi-room studio complex can range from $4,000 to $12,000. However, EVERY job has it’s own factors and it’s own properly defined scope of work (thus it’s own fee schedule). Simply, each individual project will have it’s own goals and thus it’s own fees to meet those goals.
The resulting design has to support not only the scope of work but the people executing it. From a napkin sketch to a 30 page document set, the design intents and specifics have to be clearly communicated. HdAcoustics follows standard architect protocol: program development, concept creation, design development, documentation, bid review, construction support and final verification.
Remote works- 1) because the today’s technology allows (kinda), 2) because there is a bunch of great acoustical software that didn’t exist previously (sorta), 3) because Jeff Hedback spent more than six years doing remote Personalized Room Analysis for Auralex Acoustics prior to opening his own shop (partially). The answer is actually that each of these factors play a role in why remote acoustical consulting may be a viable option for you.
Behind those reasons though are the thousands of rooms Jeff Hedback played in as a professional bass player and the dozens of rooms as a recording engineer. The synthesis of all those experiences have led to a process that identifies each client’s unique goals, ties those to sound applications of physics and ends up with quality rooms and happy clients.
Below is a list of services that may or may not apply to your project.
Inspiration is a big part of the design process and what inspires our client’s always drives the design and very much becomes part of the final space. Please feel free to share what inspires you be that a musician, another room of your type, an architectural space that has nothing to do with your project, etc…
Timely communications- Accurate Communications-Clarity in Needs/Goals are a big part of the client’s role.
Client’s are needed to stay engaged and are encouraged to ask all questions (big and small). It’s much better to over-communicate than slide through areas that should be developed or closely reviewed.
Acoustically, a small room is ~10,000 cubic feet or smaller. A specialist in small room acoustics understands the unique functions and needs of purpose designed studios, great HiFi room and reference level home cinema. There is a DIRECT correlation between the structure and the low frequency response. Additionally, there is a MUCH more sensitive relationship between speaker/listener locations to the audio experience in small rooms than large rooms.
A design might take as little as two weeks (on a small project) and we have projects that are still making progress years after the initial communications. There is a natural ebb and flow of communication and workflow that factors the project and people’s needs. A fully designed HiFi room may take two to three weeks for a concept and two to three weeks for the document set. A multi-room commercial studio might take multiple months to complete the design and document set, especially in cases requiring permit review/approval.
The documentation needed to be granted a building permit from your local building and safety department is entirely defined by your local codes. HdAcoustics is neither a licensed architect nor a structural engineering firm. Depending on your cities’ classification of your space and their ordinances, HdAcoustics will work with your architect or building on the document set for review and permit. Often, we bring in our contacts (builders, architects, or structural engineers) to a clients team. There are situations where our drawings have been able to be submitted and the permit is issued to the licensed general contractor.
The simulation of how sound reacts within the targeted space is acoustical modeling. The term “acoustically significant” is important and that is where 15+ years of professional room modeling experience comes into play. We strive to use and command the best tools, but acoustical modeling falls under the slang term “GIGO” (garbage in=garbage out). The surfaces have to be assigned their proper values, but not every item within a room is acoustically significant. The speaker locations and qualities are crucial to apply properly and with purpose to have correlation to real life.
We can measure (and/or model) the frequency of a sound, we can measure (and/or model) the amplitude of sound and we can model (and/or physically) measure distance. If you grid the frequency and amplitude of sound energy in the horizontal plane of a room, it can be very revealing and helpful in determining the proper low frequency control systems (er, bass trapping) in a given room. This process is also able to pre-qualify the location of a subwoofer or multiple subwoofers.
RRT is a service developed to take the burden from our client’s to learn how to operate and analyze the great room test apps like REW, ARTA and HolmImpulse. It is also a way to gain extremely valuable project information without the additional costs of travel. HdAcoustics has spent tons of time perfecting a method to remotely capture acoustical data that can be processed in many. many meaningful ways. We understand that the information in a graph has to connect to the experiences people hear in a given room. There is no end to this passion and curiosity to gain more data points- different rooms, different speakers, and different human preferences.
Determining how much sound level will transmit (and the frequency content of that sound energy) from one location to another is the essence of sound isolation consulting. Impact noise is another important part of Sound Isolation Consulting.
In real-life, the sound transmission issue could be the family above you intruding on your ATMOS compliant cinema experience. This could be drums bleeding into an isolation booth making tracking difficult. It could even be a train in the distance covering of the low level details of your otherwise amazing stereo listening experience. We utilize and properly apply the top rate noise and vibration simulation tools. Combining this with real world experience and fantastically talented partners in the fields of architecture, engineering and building.
MIX Magazine is the world’s premier monthly periodical servicing the pro audio recording industry. For 30 plus years they’ve ran a yearly feature of the world’s best new studios. In our nine years, HdAcoustics has now had six rooms featured: (2) in the Class of 2016, the Class of 2014, the Class of 2013, the Class of 2012 and the Class of 2011.
Recording Artists: Ozzy Osbourne, Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, Joe Walsh, Simon Cowell, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Lifehouse, Billy Currington, Aarron Dessner (The National)
Record Producers: Trevor Horn, Kevin Churko, Mitch Easter, Espen Lind
Recording Engineers: Mills Logan, Julian King, Ben Fowler, Jason Hall, Paul Mahern
Gear Makers: UBK Greg Scott, CAPI Jeff Steiger, Louder than Loft Off Brad McGowan & Bill Pearson
Musicians: Kenny Aronoff, JR Robinson, Todd Sucherman, Chris Culos of O.A.R, Mark Walker Paquito
Wide range of project from court acoustics for US Federal Court District 12 South Florida to an live radio station within Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Club.
Feel free to contact HdAcoustics anytime as we look forward to discussing your room.
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