Acoustical Design Flow Chart
The quality of sound is determined by the characteristics, grade, location and shape of the rooms, and budgetary allocations for facility are discussed during the Programming and Conceptual Design Phase. Participation of the acoustical specialist in the project from the earliest stage of the plan assures the highest quality of sound.
Nagata Acoustics provides the best service based on and supported by our technical expertise and successful past record in meeting our clients' specific needs.
With our computer simulation techniques and scale model experiments, we provide necessary acoustical services to the project from the programming stage through to the completion of the facility while considering architectural design, structure and other services.
1. Programming Phase
Client, architect and Nagata Acoustics develop a mutual vocabulary as to define project goals.
- Studies on acoustical goal
- Data presentation
- Noise and vibration survey of site
- Intensive workshop sessions
2. Schematic Design Phase
With architect and client, shape and size of hall are finalized. During this process, Nagata Acoustics provides analyses of the acoustical ramifications of the various options, and analyses the effects on sound system incorporation and theater design aspects of the hall.
- Room shape study with computer simulations
- Acoustical check of planning and room arrangement
- Calculation of acoustical parameters
3. Design Development Phase
Once the objectives and the hall's basic shape are decided, Nagata Acoustics works side-by-side with the architect and theater consultant to obtain the desired objectives. Details of wall design, seating placement, and selection of construction materials are some of the many areas requiring input from the acoustician.
- Acoustical check of building materials and structures
- Noise control and specifications for HVAC system
- Experiments using a scale model
4. Construction Phase
Nagata Acoustics works with the architect, engineer and theater consultant in drafting and finalizing construction documents, and supervising implementation of acoustical design and noise controls. During construction, our staff participate in periodic on-site inspections and acoustical measurement, guide installation of the sound system, and provide advice on interior design and materials.
- Finalize construction documents
- On-site inspection
- Acoustical check with measurements
No project is considered completed until it is tested in real-use situations and the acoustics are fine-tuned. In addition to using instrument measurement, Nagata Acoustics listens to critiques from the client and performers and adjusts the acoustics to maximize perceived satisfaction as well as meet statistical goals. The client is provided with a report of all acoustical data collected.
- Acoustical measurements and data analysis
- Testing of real-use situations
- Acoustical adjustments
6. User Orientation
Today's halls include increasingly sophisticated equipment enabling the creation of various acoustical environments and permitting special effects as well as performance recordings. Nagata Acoustics provides staff orientation and management seminars for client's optimal use of the facility. Nagata Acoustics is also experienced in upgrading facilities as new technology becomes available.
- Staff training sessions
- Management seminars
- New technology feasibility studies