treating a bar

Discussion in 'Live Sound' started by Spase, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Spase

    Spase Active Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    I am working at a place that is horribly noisy. The walls are all hard surfaces, and the stage is in a corner. I feel like the corner stage is working like a horn, and pushing the sound out. I have gotten a curtain up around the corner, and that does dampen the highs a touch, but I am looking to find a solution(or at least improvement) to the issue. The room is medium to small, with high cielings - though there are tall beams that run across the ceiling. By tall beams, I mean they come down from the 18-20' cieling about 7'(estimate). I can probably manage to get maybe $100+/- from the bar a month to maybe gradually add in some foam or whatever I can figure out to improve the sound. I'm thinking if I start on the stage - maybe around the drums - thats where I should get the biggest improvement. Then maybe get the beams as they move away from the stage?
  2. Cacacas

    Cacacas Active Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Tempe, AZ
    Wow. That sounds good to me. I don't have any experience with sound dampening but from what I understand about acoustics, that should work pretty well. Have you considered making some bass traps? There's lots of tutorals online about how to do it cheap and effectively. Sounds like adding some bass traps might help.
  3. Live Sound Audio

    Live Sound Audio Active Member

    Apr 5, 2010

    I think it's usually high freq wall reflection/splatter that sounds the worst. I'd look for that first.
  4. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Munich / Germany
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    I don't know about laws and regulations at your site, but you might want to inform yourself about mandatory flame- and fire-proof arrangements and rules for emission of hazardous substances that have to be obeyed. Here, we have strict laws for that. If you build-in materials which are not flame-resistant and the like, you must tear them out, at once. But that makes the places a great deal safer, too.
    I have seen acoustic tiles for underground carparks, not too long ago. Those had an incredible damping factor over a wide frequency range and are fire resistant, as well as mechanically resilient. I do not know what those cost, but for improving the acoustic in a noisy bar area it would be the worth looking at.

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