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BTEC students take on soundproof challenge

BTEC students take on soundproof challenge
One of the Sixth Formers planning his soundproofing strategy.
Tuesday 20th December 2011 by C. Freeman

Sixth Formers have been working out the best ways of soundproofing different venues using scale models. Teacher Mr Tang taught students about acoustics and soundproofing during their BTEC Music Technology lessons and the Sixth Formers studied the different models before formulating the best way of soundproofing each one.

The venues included television and recording studios, along with the Brooke Weston music practice rooms that had been scaled down from an original plan of the building. The models, made of foam-board, were made by DT technician Mr John Gilligan, and they will be used as a learning resource in future years.

Mr Tang said: ‘What you are looking at in an ideal room is how flat the room is so you can’t hear any bass sounds or treble sounds. Having that makes it easier for someone producing a song or album easier to mix.’

Student Marcus Parsons said: ‘All of the studios that we have to soundproof are different. I am working on a scale model of a television studio so I need to take into account that furniture, such as sofas, act as soundproofing as well.’

Jacob Shoesmith added: ‘I am enjoying the project. It helps us work out how to plan setting up soundproofing in rooms to maximise the potential of the recordings.’

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