Tips for Designing an Auditorium

If you are planning on building your own auditorium to serve as a venue for corporate events, it is not merely enough to buy the necessary equipment.

Suffice it to say, a lot of planning and designing is involved.

No matter how small or big your auditorium is, your main goal is to make sure that every person inside the venue can clearly see and hear everything.

How do you achieve that goal?

Designing and engineering sound

If there is one key aspect of design and planning that should be tackled early on, that would be audio design and engineering. In designing the sound system, you have to take into account the acoustics of the room as well as the noise level during each event. In order to overcome some of the common challenges, it is crucial that the auditorium is acoustically treated on all sides, including the ceiling. It is also worthwhile to invest in a floor box with the suitable connectors for the people who will go up on stage.

Onstage visibility

There are two things that will help maximize onstage visibility. First, it is highly recommended that you use sloped floors with staggered seating.

Next, you have to make sure that the diagonal screen height is about a sixth of the distance between the last row of seats and the screen. If the distance is any longer, it is possible that the visibility of the screen will not be optimal.

Central control

Consider investing in a touch-based central control system which will enable you to take a higher degree of control of the different systems inside the venue during live events. These systems include lighting, sound, projectors, cameras, and other AV systems.

Controlling noise and vibration

Noise and vibration emanating from the HVAC system as well as nearby mechanical systems can increase noise levels inside the venue.

It is highly recommended that you conduct a noise measurement study which accounts for these factors. The results of this study can then be used to determine the appropriate methods to lessen the impact of these.

Lighting

Lighting serves multiple roles inside the venue, including setting the right mood and aesthetics. Consider investing in a variety of light types, including spot, flood, and wash lights as well as scanners and moving heads. You may also want to consider using a digital DMX mixer to control and manage the lighting system.

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