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Practice room size?

Discussion in 'Music' started by silverfern, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

    Am very lucky that we're having some music practice rooms built over the holidays. We currently don't have any!
    What size should these rooms be? I've read a previous post on here that says 2x2m is too small. What would be a good 'small' room size? And what about a bigger space, eg. a 'rock band' room, with space for drum kit, amps, guitarists, singer, etc.
    Thanks for your advice.
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Avoid square rooms, otherwise you will have acoustic problems. 4x3 metres is probably the minimum if the rooms are to be used for 1:1 teaching.
    Think about door/corridor size if acoustic pianos need to be moved into the rooms.
    The most important thing about practice rooms is to ensure acoustic isolation, and that includes things like insulated doors: viewing panels are essential these days, and should be double- or triple-glazed. Central heating pipes also need acoustic couplers, otherwise radiators act as loudspeakers for adjacent rooms.
    I'm not sure about the size for a rock-band room, but a number of music departments now have such rooms fitted with an acoustic trip on the power circuit, so that power is automatically cut above a set Db level - a really worthwhile investment.
    Try to insist that the architect employs an acoustic consultant - tell him that it should avoid complaints and alterations should the rooms otherwise turn out to be unsuitable for purpose.

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