The acoustic conditioning of a room allows for controlled reverberation time, thereby reducing the time that sound remains after it has been emitted.
Although it is true that acoustic conditioning is advisable in any space, in some spaces it is particularly important because of the use which is made of the room. In these cases the acoustic conditioning requires a prior study followed by the installation, of acoustic panels made of sound-absorbent wood both in the wood panelling of the walls and in the acoustic ceilings (in some cases consisting of a false ceiling).
This is the case in:
1. Boardrooms: every single word uttered in a boardroom must be heard, so painstaking acoustic conditioning is required and this in turn needs acoustic panels on both walls and ceilings.
2. Music rooms: these rooms are the most demanding from the point of view of acoustic conditioning, as they are rooms especially designed to achieve and record the highest possible sound quality. In addition, even the slightest reverberation, even if our ears are unable to detect it, could end up ruining a musical recording. In these cases the use of acoustic material is done in a very sophisticated manner, and in coordination with soundproofing tasks.
3. Exhibition halls: the atmosphere of serenity and tranquillity offered by these large rooms for the enjoyment of art requires acoustic conditioning to control the echo produced by whispers and conversations.
4. Theatres and auditoriums: the use of acoustic panels in wall covering and in acoustic ceilings of these rooms is usually massive, as they are large halls designed for listening to musical and theatrical performances, in many cases without artificial sound amplification.
5. Classrooms in universities and other educational institutions: this is a similar case to that of theatres, with the peculiarity that, in this case, the spectators (i.e., students) also issue sounds (i.e., speak), and this should also be taken into account when assessing the needs of the room from the point of view of its acoustic conditioning.
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