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Concert Sound Levels-An Objective Assessment

Complaints against excessive noise from outdoor venues have increased over the years. However, very little objective data exists showing sound level impact that different types of concerts may have on a venue's neighboring communities. This paper shows the results obtained from monitoring four different popular music groups over a two-month period. Two remote sound level monitoring stations were positioned inside the venue and in the backyards of concerned residents. Overall A-weighted levels were obtained for each performance and the resulting increase in community A-weighted levels from this particular venue were negligible.

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