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ACOUSTIC CONSULTING

Whether your project is large or small we can help. We often have cost effective, pragmatic solutions to complex problems and draw upon our years of studio and home theater design and building experience. We evaluate and offer recommendations on issues of room acoustic response, acoustic treatments, sound leakage, room design, feasibility studies for new or remodel construction, and other matters pertaining to sound control. We work with clients locally, nationally and internationally.

ACOUSTIC DESIGN

YOUR aesthetic, our design. We don’t force our designs down your throat. Your creative vision (read Pinterest) dictates all aspects of our acoustic design. This includes elevations, floor plans, soundproofing & acoustic specs, interior design, equipment placement, colors and finishes. We use golden room ratios that optimize acoustic response and ergonomic design to work within the aesthetic and budgetary guidelines of our clients. We use both Sketchup and AutoCad to create and modify existing layoouts.

TURNKEY CONSTRUCTION

We have a crew of master carpenters who claim to be descended from the legendary craftsmen that built the ancient city of Dwarka for Lord Krishna. While this is yet to be verified, they make certain the details are finished to the highest standards. Our attention to detail is unmatched. For larger projects we serve as general contractor or project manager, have a team of seasoned sub-contractors, and facilitate all aspects to insure projects meet our specifications and are completed on schedule.

A professional recording studio has requirements brought upon it not only by the medium in which it operates but also by the surrounding community. Environmental sound isolation is an absolute must just the same as isolating the local environment from sounds being generated inside the facility. As digital recording has improved the signal to noise ratio of the actual recording process, a modern studio must have equivalent signal to noise in its acoustics.

HVAC noise levels must never exceed NC-15 (noise criteria). The RT-60 measurements (reverberation time) must meet a predetermined specification for each room according to its function. Spaces must be designed to spread in the direction of the work-flow, supporting the creative process. Natural lighting incorporated where possible. Noise-free electrical and audio wiring is critical.

We understand the revenue models and return of investment calculatons for different studios like  5.1 TV studios, advertising studios, post-production studios, music composition studios, and even home studios and design and budget accordingly to ensure that you setup a successful business that can become profitable within a short period.

COMMERCIAL VIDEO AND CINEMA FACILITIES

Video/Film creation and viewing are two sides of a coin but they both share a common thread: acoustics plays a major role in the success of both. Live footage is blended with studio effects and dubbing. These effects and the dubbing must match absolutely perfect with the live take. For this reason ADR rooms/booths use extreme isolation and near anechoic treatment to remove any artifacts from the recorded dub or effect.

Likewise, a cinema must provide the environment so that the participant is immersed in the film. Both types of facilities must meet noise requirements of NC-15 (noise criteria). We design commercial and home cinema theaters in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos.

HOME RECORDING STUDIOS

A home studio presents its own challenges. Most of the time, an unused room is cleared for this purpose and this room is less-than-ideal in shape and/or size. We can help you confront the challenges involved with solid, experienced, consulting. Ceiling height for internal room acoustics as well as nearby noise sources or noise-sensitive neighbors are among the most common issues. Our acoustic design and products have been used in over 700 home recording studios in India.

Our designs confront these challenges with proven techniques and specific guaranteed outcomes. Given enough space, you can create, mix, and/or master in one of our home studios just as good as you could do in a commercial facility.

HOME THEATERS

You might not want to go to a public cinema again after watching a movie in one of our Home Theaters. The sound is accurate just as the producers heard and saw the film when they were editing in post production. The sight lines are optimal and the sound is as-though-you-are-IN-the-movie. Home Theater spaces are often used for audiophile listening. Every parameter is optimized in this room system: – electronics, sight lines, acoustics, isolation, HVAC and room lighting.
Our designs incorporate the latest in electronics and acoustics technology. Dolby Atmos is supported as well as 5.1 and 7.1 surround. Screens can be motorized, perforated or the new curved screen 4k LED large panel smart-TVs.
Isolation is a critical component in any theater installation. HVAC noise must not exceed NC-15 (noise criteria). Lighting, seating, and general aesthetics are all a critical part of this special room.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION / CONFERENCE ROOMS

You have a very important presentation to give. It is important that your team really gets what is being said and discussed and that nothing is left to chance or misinterpretation.

An overly reverberant space is the enemy of speech recognition. If you have ever tried to have a quiet conversation in a noisy coffee bar or restaurant, you know what I’m talking about. The reverberant field dominates and to compensate, one raises his or her voice. This often devolves into cacophony where every person is struggling to sort one voice out of the babble.

Specialized acoustical wall and ceiling panels that also house other needed amenities like shelving, lighting, and wall decor can be installed to reduce the reverberant field and improve speech intelligibility.

In presentation rooms, the seating and viewing angles are also critical, as is the presenters area. All of these fields are addressed during our initial consultation and are specified in our detail drawings.

Again, sound isolation is important and part of the whole. It is best to get us involved early in the project so as to avoid costly remodeling expenses.

PERFORMANCE AND ENTERTAINMENT SPACES

These spaces require the ultimate in acoustic isolation and acoustic performance not only from the audience perspective but critically from the performers perspective as well. This is because the space is a complete system comprising the building, performers, and audience. This system is a conduit for the exchange of ideas, emotions, thoughts, and feelings. It is a very human experience.

We understand this intuitive and counter-intuitive system and design so that both the performers and audience can be uninhibited by the system or building in the exchange of information.
Extraneous noise must be eliminated along with any noise producing equipment within the facility. This includes HVAC and the noise criteria is specified from NC-15 to NC-20. Electrical and audio wiring must follow special rules to eliminate noise, hum, hash, and interference. This is critical.

EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

A school or classroom’s purpose is to create an environment of learning. This is obvious but sometimes overlooked by interior designers. The looks of a classroom are important, but the acoustics of a classroom should be higher on the priority list.
In independent tests it has been shown that students perform/learn poorly in highly reverberant spaces. This is due to poor speech intelligibility.
Noise ingress and egress is also an issue and steps must be taken to provide a quiet and focused environment. Learning is much like the creative process which requires a distraction-free environment. This is particularly true for children and young adults, who often exhibit less-than-optimal attention spans.

Good acoustics in the classroom will result in better student scores on tests and exams.

INDUSTRIAL ACOUSTICAL APPLICATIONS

Vibration isolation is required for many applications other than audio. We have successfully designed installations of sensitive measuring equipment in automotive stamping factories; isolation from ground/floor vibrations lower than 17 Hz with acceleration is constant at 24.5 mm/s².
Vibration isolation is dependent on many factors. Please contact us with your particular challenge and we will provide you with the engineering details and product recommendations.

PARTIAL LIST OF PROJECTS

  • Keshavrao Bhosale Natyagruha World Heritage Auditorium, Kolhapur, 2015 (Secured National Award)
  • Banasthali University Sur Mandir Auditorium, 180, Tonk, Rajasthan , 2010
  • The Bagh Nightclub, Ranthambore, 2017
  • Brahmakumari Auditorium, Jaipur, 800, Rajasthan, 2012
  • Walt Disney Recording Studio, Mumbai, 2009
  • Perfect Fifth Recording Studio, Mumbai, 2010
  • Providence Recording Studio, Mumbai ,2013
  • ESPN CricInfo AV Studio, Bangalore, 2012
  • D’Bell Nightclub, Mumbai , 2013
  • Sabrosa Café, Mumbai, 2014
  • Carnival Cinemas Multiplex, Kerela, 2011
  • Wave Cinema, Shillong, 2012
  • Urvashi Cinema, Bangalore, 2011
  • True School of Music, Mumbai, 2013
  • Dungeon Nightclub, Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan 2016
  • Blue Frog Nightclub, Mumbai, 2010
  • After Recording & Post Production Studio, Mumbai, 2014
  • Mothership Studios, Mumbai, 2014
  • Hoppipola Pub, Pune, 2016
  • Providence Studio, Mumbai, 2016
  • “The Den” Lounge, Nahargarh Palace, Rajasthan, 2016
  • Music Factory Studio, Mumbai 2017Turtle on a Hammock Studios, 2017
  • Indian Motion Picture Producer’s Association Preview Cinema, 2017
  • Republic TV Studios, Mumbai, 2017
  • Janki Devi Public School Radio Station, Mumbai, 2017 (In progress)
  • Banasthali University Gyan Mandir Auditorium, 1100, Tonk, Rajasthan, 2017 (In progress)
  • Aum Creations 5.1 Dolby Studio, Mumbai 2017 (In progress)

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