When renovating a home, there will always be some who would like to cater a room for audio and visual reasons. This is the room that could be used mainly for entertainment like watching movies or listening to music. If you are planning to design a home studio, video suite, recording studio or just one to watch movies, take note of the 5 acoustic design recommendations below:
Identify the space
– You will want to first identify which is the room that you want to use as the audio-visual room. This would usually be best in the room which does not get a lot of traffic. The back room, the basement, attic or store room (which is large enough) will be most suitable. By identifying the space, you will then determine the type of acoustics you need which will include reverberation times as it will then help you to decide on the design of the space.
– Since it is going to be an audio-visual room, you will need to have the space soundproofed. This is very important as you do not want to be disturbed when indulging in your hobby while being able to turn up the volume without having to worry about the outside. This is a vital factor because there are many types of soundproofing materials in the market which could be very costly.
Communication from Outside
– Ensure that despite all the indulgence you might be in within the 4 walls of the space, you need to be aware of what is happening outside. There should be some form of communication with the outside. This is usually done through a small one-way window which allows you to look outside if anything is happening. Some designers actually recommend the use of siren-type lighting or a door-bell that activates a light inside the room.
High Quality Cabling
– The use of cables in your audio-visual room is very important mainly because you should use high-quality audio-visual cables and they are usually hidden from sight and only visible when necessary. Before you put in the soundproofing, you need to decide how the cabling should be and allow rooms for future upgrades.
– Having a room with good acoustics is not something which can be done on a DIY basis. In most cases, it would be most appropriate to get in the experts who will advise you accordingly. The experts here include professional sound engineers, consultants and an experienced contractor who will tell you what type of material is best used for the walls, flooring and even the ceilings.