What do you need to do?

Layout and positioning

  • Consider the positioning of people and equipment to help reduce individual exposure to noise.

Here are some things you can do to increase separation between performers/instruments:

  • List the instruments and other sources of sound and think about the noise footprint each will create.
  • When calculating how many people can be accommodated in a studio, aim for two square metres of floor space per musician
  • Position and shield drum kits in a way that minimises noise spill
  • Particular noisy instruments could be positioned and mic’d in a separate area from the main performance
  • You will find more about arranging an orchestra layout in Concert Halls and Theatres
  • You may find the Case Study and its illustrations helpful
  • Provide risers
  • You may find guidance on Amplified Live Music helpful

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