An important factor in architectural acoustics is the expected loudness of the concert hall. As the loudness of the music increases, the importance of good acoustics increases. At softer volumes, there is less reverberation of the walls and ceiling of the concert hall, but this increases as the loudness increases (Meyer, 2009). Indeed, Meyers suggests that one of the way to test a concert hall is to examine the pattern of reverberation when loud music is presented. Most concert halls allow for softer sounds to sound pure, but as the music gets louder, the acoustics becomes more critical. For this reason, it is important to test each concert hall while it is under construction to ensure a high-quality sound (Beranek, 2003).
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The video below discusses the testingof a renovation of the Sydney Opera House.