Midland Branch Meeting

Institute of Acoustics

Midlands Branch Evening Meeting


Thursday 20 June, 6pm for 6.30pm Start


Lecture Theatre B301 University Of Derby

Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB


Threading the needle

Managing noise exposure and pollution while maintaining a high-quality audience experience at outdoor events


Dr Adam Hill, Senior Lecturer in Audio Engineering, University of Derby

The issue of noise pollution due to large outdoor (and sometimes indoor) entertainment events has become increasingly problematic, with a significant number of festivals and other events taking place in centrally located areas that are often under strict noise regulations. The AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement formed a working group in 2018 to examine this issue. In this talk, the group’s initial findings will be presented, covering areas such as noise regulations, guidelines and prediction techniques, audience level regulations, practical measurement methods, and sound system design (primary and secondary) for limited noise spill while maintaining a high-quality audience experience.
Background: Dr Adam Hill is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby where he runs the MSc Audio Engineering program. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Essex, an M.Sc. in Acoustics and Music Technology from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Miami University. His research generally focuses on analysis, modelling, and wide-area spatiotemporal control of low-frequency sound reproduction and reinforcement. Adam also works seasonally as a live sound engineer for Gand Concert Sound, where he has designed and operated sound systems for over 1000 artists. Adam is co-chair of the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement and Head of Content for the Electro-Acoustics Group Committee of the Institute of Acoustics.


Attendance is free, no need to book, everyone welcome. CPD certificates will be provided. If you have any queries, please contact Robert.bungay@wsp.com.

As is traditional for IOA Midlands Branch meetings those attending are cordially invited for a meal at a local Indian restaurant after the meeting. Please let Rob know if you would like to come, so we can book a table.


Future Events





Wednesday 10 July

From evidence to Guidelines: An overview and critique of the methodology underlying the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines. 

Charlotte Clark

Derby University


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20 June 2019   through   9:00 PM
Derby University
Lecture Theatre B301, Kedleston Road
Derby, DE22 1GB
United Kingdom

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