I thought there would be subscribers to the quiet-list that would appreciate what I consider a small step forward in the sane sound movement. This businessman's consciousness has been raised at least to the level where he wants "to keep noise pollution to a minimum as there are residential neighbors nearby." As the crescendo continues to build it seems to be passing through a threshold region that's finally getting the attention of our crisis driven culture. Meanwhile I find it necessary to plug my ears more and more often and I don't expect that to change soon.
>Hello Ron, I saw your name on a web site with info about noise
>I have been searching for a few hours but have found little info to help me
>solve a problem.
>I am opening a nightclub soon and there will be loud music inside.
>to keep noise pollution to a minimum as there are residential neighbors
>Am looking for a reference on how to buy/build a pink noise (assuming
>is what I need) generator that could go on the outside of the building to
>keep the neighbors happy.v >Just looking for a direction and maybe a URL to get started.
>Thank you for any info you can provide.
Kudos for your concern for your neighbors and your positive attitude about dealing with the loud music problem. However I have a feeling you're looking for a high tech magic bullet solution to your noise problem but nothing is available along those lines yet. My suggestion is to commit to keeping the loud music inside the nightclub. The fact is that any kind of noise generator outside the nightclub will just add to the irritation level of your nearby residential neighbors; moreover a noise generator will fail completely to mask the loud music. So keep it in the club.
To keep the loud music in the nightclub, hire an acoustical consultant to help you implement as many of the following suggestions as you can afford. The suggestions are based on the principles of isolation and insulation. Isolation works by avoiding direct acoustic coupling so the transfer of the loud music to the outside space is reduced by the benefit of an impedance mismatch. (Rather than a structure to structure transfer of acoustic energy you get an air to structure transfer and thankfully that's far less efficient so the acoustic energy will be significantly diminished.) In effect you want to keep the structure of your building from acting like a loudspeaker especially with thumping/booming low frequencies. Insulation absorbs and neutralizes acoustic energy to keep it from radiating out of the nightclub. Your acoustical consultant will explain those principles in more detail especially as they relate to design of your space.
Be a good neighbor and do what you can to keep your loud music in your nightclub. My suggestions should not subtract one iota from the entertainment pleasure of your customers; in fact they should enjoy your nightclub experience even more because the sound will be cleaner and less strident than the usual loud music club. Of course, it's not a set of cheap solutions but they should help you stay in business longer and on good terms with your neighbors.
Good luck on your venture.
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