The (Unheard) Sound of Music
Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2013 in "Academic Programs", "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"
“The addition of these state-of-the-art Wenger SoundLok practice rooms and teaching studios demonstrates Ottawa University’s commitment to the continued elevation of its music programming,” said Kugler. “They also showcase the generosity of many music-minded alumni. These rooms will provide our students and faculty with excellent teaching and learning facilities for many years to come.”
Music is generally made to be heard, but as many parents of musicians can attest, when it is in the process of being perfected, a “volume” or “off” button would often be a welcome option. Ottawa University is now able to offer its music majors and performers the ultimate in volume control with the addition of seven “sound isolation” practice rooms. The transepts of the Fredrikson Chapel were renovated over the course of the fall semester to house the modular rooms, which were manufactured and installed by Wenger, a state-of-the-art pioneer in virtual acoustic environments. The rooms are of various sizes to accommodate the unique needs of musicians, whether individuals or ensembles. “One of the essential components to build and sustain a quality music program is the quality of the facilities in which students practice and receive private applied instruction,” said Director of Music Programs Dr. Roger Kugler. Much more than simply a place to practice, the Wenger modular rooms offer a number of features that make for a superior practice experience. • Users can choose from nine virtual performance settings to simulate the type of venue in which they will be performing. • Users can digitally record/save sessions and play them back using a variety of connection options. • The rooms have a self-contained design – lighting, wiring and ventilation are built in and all wiring is run through soundisolated raceways. • Rooms can be relocated or reconfigured within hours. • All rooms have windows in the doors with dual-paned safety glass and sealed air space between the panes. • Rooms include sound-isolating wall and ceiling panels with 16-guage steel exterior and 22-gauge steel interior surfaces. • Redundancies in performance guarantee a sealed space that will not leak like built-in sound-isolating rooms.