AES Rome 2013
Tutorial T7

Sunday, May 5, 11:30 — 13:00 (Sala Manzoni)


T7 - Acoustic Enhancement Systems—The Basics

Ben Kok, SCENA acoustic consultants - Uden, The Netherlands

In the last decades multiple systems for electronic acoustic enhancement have been introduced. Some have disappeared over time, but others appear to be settled firmly. The claim for these systems is that the acoustics of a venue can be changed at the press of a button, at cost significantly lower than variable acoustics by structural means. Also, in situations where the natural acoustics did not work out properly, these systems are used to correct the flaws, again at lower costs than the structural alternatives. The question, of course, is do these systems really work and if so, what are the differences between these systems? And what would be the structural alternatives?

This tutorial will identify what acoustic properties can or should be influenced by an acoustic enhancement system. In relation to this, working principles and philosophies of some of the most popular systems are analyzed and similarities and differences are identified and related to specific acoustic situations.

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