Crowell Concert Hall



Crowell Concert Hall is the main music performance venue at Weslyan University in Middletown, CT. The concert hall as modeled using the CATT-Acoustics design software. This geometric ray tracing method is the premier application for architectural acoustic design. The computer model was based on the "as-is" existing hall configuration and was then modified for the renovated design. The acoustical design was an iterative process, performed in close collaboration with the owner and the project architect, to achieve the best possible acoustic results within project constraints. This project was selected for the 1999 American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut (ACEC/CT) Engineering Excellence Award.

The project done at Crowell Concert Hall was selected to be in
Halls for Music Performance, Another Two Decades of Experiance 1982 - 2002.
The Books entry can viewed by clicking here.

Numerical calculations of acoustical parameters are some of the results of the modeling process. Another result is the "auralization" of the modeled space, allowing the designer to "hear" what the space will sound like, analogous to a visual "walk-through" via computer.

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The following .mp3 auralization samples were derived from .wav files that were optimized for Sennheiser HD 545 reference headphones. For both the piano and the drum samples, note the muddiness in the "as-is" condition compared to the clarity for the final renovation design. For the drum samples try to compare the "as-is" and final design snare hits and also the hi-hat.

Original Crowell Hall "as-is", Piano Sample, Source on Stage, Receiver in Hall
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Final Crowell Design, Piano Sample, Source on Stage, Receiver in Hall
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Original Crowell Hall "as-is", Drum Sample, Source on Stage, Receiver on Stage
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Final Crowell Design, Drum Sample, Source on Stage, Receiver on Stage
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