Noise insulation, vibration reduction, architectural acoustics

Nightclubs, Karaoke Bars, and Bowling Halls

In the design, construction, and renovation of entertainment facilities, which include nightclubs, karaoke bars, and bowling halls, a great attention should be paid to sound and vibration insulation issues as well as to creating the required acoustic comfort in the premises themselves.

First, sound insulation issues are relevant for built-in and attached premises adjacent to a residential building or a hotel. For example, a long-standing practice of acoustic design has shown that, even with all the available means (materials and structures), it is impossible to soundproof a nightclub in such a way that a living room directly adjacent to the dance floor could be suitable for living. Each case in soundproofing of premises with high levels of noise or vibrations (a bowling hall) must be considered individually, since wrong solutions may limit or make impossible the successful commercial operation of such facility.

When designing sound insulation of club or karaoke halls, each customer determines such requirements independently. As a rule, for premises with high levels of noise, the method of integrated sound insulation of all surfaces is successfully applied, following the "floor-wall-ceiling" system.

Key numbers

100 dBA

the maximum possible level of sound in a nightclub/a karaoke bar

30 dBA

the permissible equivalent noise level in the living rooms of apartments at night (11.00 p.m. - 7.00 a.m.)

40 dBA

the permissible equivalent noise level in the residential area at night (11.00 p.m. - 7.00 a.m.)

less than 1 sec.

the recommended reverberation time for a karaoke hall equipped with a sound amplification system (the exact value depends on the volume of the room)

Issues of Sound and Vibration Insulation and Acoustics in Clubs and Karaoke Bars:

  • Sound insulation between entertainment facilities and apartments or hotel rooms (vibration insulation of floors, sound insulation of walls and partitions, sound insulation of ceilings and floors);
  • Sound and vibration insulation of engineering systems: reducing the noise from ventilation and air conditioning systems, the noise from refrigeration and kitchen equipment as well as other adjacent service premises (vibration insulation of refrigerators, noise insulation of chillers, etc.). In this case, the objects of protection are apartments, hotel rooms or offices and administrative premises adjacent to an entertainment facility.
  • Creating the required acoustic environment in the rooms of clubs and karaoke bars as well as acoustic comfort in bowling halls. It is important to understand that, in the end, bad acoustics directly affects the commercial success of the establishment. The decline in attendance due to bad sound occurs after the opening gradually, but inevitably. Meanwhile, any reorganization of the interior space after launching the project is an expensive thing, sometimes even impossible without a full stop of activity; therefore, such issues should be studied in detail at the design and construction stage.
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Acoustic Group recommendations

Engineering solutions book "SOUNDPROOFING STRUCTURES"

Solutions for vibration insulation of engineering equipment (sections 6-7).

Acoustic project design

The Acoustic Project Design is an official document which is a special chapter of the project construction design documentation of the object.

Wood fiber panels SOUNDBOARD

It is recommended for the use in gyms and shooting ranges due to its vandal-proof properties.

Decorative Acoustic Materials

To obtain the required acoustic environment in auditoriums, classrooms and conference halls, sound-absorbing finishing materials of various types are used on the ceiling and walls. We are sure that in our catalog, you will be able to find what you need.

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