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Kent State at Stark Live Room

Room Type:

Recording Studio (Live Room)


Stark County, OH

Kent State Fine Arts Building

As part of the expansion and renovation of the Stark Fine Arts Building at Kent State University, Haverstick Designs was contracted to address certain acoustical issues present in the Fine Arts Building’s Advanced Live Room. As one of the few universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in music technology, it was key for students to have an adequate place to hone their recording and audio skills. While some acoustical treatment was already present in the space, excessive reverberation time interfered with the space’s usage. Haverstick Designs worked remotely to develop acoustical models and gathered data remotely to assess the state of the space. After analyzing the data, a plan was created to improve the acoustical issues while still blending in with the room’s current aesthetics. The patented Flex-48 Adaptive Treatment System from Acoustical Fulfillment was recommended to allow students and staff to easily alter the acoustic environment to their needs for a given recording session. Geometric Sound Diffusors, HardSide Panels, and TAD Panels from Kinetics Noise Control were also implemented to break up harsh reflections while keeping the room balanced across the frequency spectrum. This exciting project resulted in a space better suited for the education of young musicians and recording engineers.