Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What are Sound Reflectors?

Have you ever attended an orchestra or an indoor concert? Did you notice anything particularly in your general surroundings? Well, if you didn’t, then perhaps you’ll take note of the way the sound seems to be more solid and seems to reverberate in your bones while in the concert hall as opposed to what you’ll hear in an open-space concert. If you’re wondering what makes it all possible, then the explanation is rather simple. They make use of what are called Sound Reflectors which are relatively simple structures that are placed into the walls to make the musical piece reflect back towards the audience, giving it a fuller and louder effect.

So what are sound reflectors, really? Well, they are simply panels of wood that have been carved into a convex shape that will allow them to reflect sound directly into the audience in order to hear whatever is on stage with even greater clarity. Composed mainly of plywood with some gel to make them even more reflective of sound, this is what makes indoor concerts, lectures and seminars successful thanks to the way that sound is carried and distributed. This is what makes sound reflectors also a must in so many establishments like lecture halls, auditoriums and places of worship.

So next time you attend a huge public gathering such as a seminar or concert and are just wondering how they make sound travel and reverberate throughout the space without making use of any additional speakers, take note and look up as they are probably making use of sound reflectors.

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