The first purpose of an acoustical design is to provide a neutral, accurate critical listening environment, introducing no colorations or distortions to the audio track being played.
Sound is governed by the laws of physics and math.
Quality acoustical performance comes from expert applications of these well-defined rules; not hearsay, not quirky designs, not secret, mystical materials or techniques. MediaRooms’ designs rely on proven, documented science and math, artistically and cleverly executed with commonly available materials. We leave the magic wand stuff to the charlatans and quacks.
Actual measurements are key.
Calculations are necessary to get a design “in the ballpark,” but may stray from the optimum due to variations between the numbers used and the nature of the physical room’s construction. Once the shell of the room is built, best practice calls for actual measurements in the form of an Acoustical Analysis. This identifies what the treatments need to specifically address, and, equally important, what needs to be left alone.
An Acoustical Analysis is also essential for upgrading existing acoustical spaces, to ensure the modifications planned are on target and your money is being spent wisely and carefully.
First impressions count.
In commercial audio facilities, a client’s first impression will be based on the look of a room. The decision of whether a room can do the job and is any good may well be based on looks alone, even before any sound is heard! Unfortunate, but true. So your room’s visual environment is important and not to be sacrificed.
It boils down to this: A good-looking room will bring the client in; a good-performing room will keep them coming back. We want clients to become successful and remain successful.
“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” — Hippocrates
During his lengthy career as a post production sound engineer, founder Bruce Black has worked for such luminaries as Skywalker Sound, Warner Brothers, Sony Picture Entertainment and others. During that time, he saw that much of the frequently referenced information on acoustics was not based on science or verifiable information.
Indeed, some acoustical designs seemed to be based on guesses, hearsay, and “mystical secret knowledge.” And in some cases, even the “let’s try it and see if it works” approach. In the end, these were often just attempts to conceal ignorance. Truly good rooms were elusive and rare, and their designers could not explain what it was that made them work, and thus repeat their success.
Mr. Black instinctively felt that acoustics was pure science, that no magical secrets or obscure knowledge were involved, and creating successful rooms need not be a hit or miss affair.
He commenced reading many books by such scientific authorities as Everest, Salter, Long, Toole, and others. These authors continue to be resources drawn upon by Mr. Black.
Using this education, he combined it with a dedication to using true measured data (not guesses or the ever-popular hand clap) and creative thinking to synthesize a new vision of how to build successful critical listening spaces.
To bring this new vision to life, Mr. Black established MediaRooms Technology LLC in January, 2009, and assumed the role of Director of Engineering.