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A case study on sound level monitoring and management at large-scale music festivals

Hill, A.J., Mulder, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0258-624X, Kok, M., Burton, J., Kociper, A. and Berrios, A. (2019) A case study on sound level monitoring and management at large-scale music festivals. In: Reproduced Sound 2019 - 'Creating Engagement in Sound', 19 - 21 November 2019, Bristol, UK



Sound level management at live events has been made immeasurably easier over the past decade or so through use of commercially-available sound level monitoring software. This paper details a study conducted at a large-scale multi-day music festival in Chicago, USA. The focus was twofold: first to explore how the use of noise monitoring software affects the mix level from sound engineers and second on how crowd size, density and distribution affect the mix level. Additionally, sound levels at various points in the audience were monitored to indicate audience sound exposure over the duration of the festival. Results are presented in relation to those from previous studies with key findings pointing towards recommendations for best practice.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Institute of Acoustics
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