Noise Level Controls – a growing market

Posted by: on Dec 9, 2014 in Articles | No Comments

…and Fitness Audio Distributors have solutions!

Complying with OH&S Rules or Noise Pollution Orders issued by local Councils and State Liquor Licensing Boards has become a recurring issue for many entertainment, hotel and fitness club venues. Fitness Audio Distributors offer a selection of products that can inform, measure and log sound levels 24/7.

Starting with The Trigger ($297.00 inc GST) by Fitness Audio, this is a wall mounting device that shows the noise level in the room. It can be pre-set to peak from 79 to 109dB in 3dB steps and is switchable between A & C weighting. Furthermore you can link it with a run of CAT 5 Cable back to Fitness Audio’s SPL Limiter called The Gov^nor ($550.00). One pair supplies power to The Trigger. A second pair delivers a signal for the limiter to cut in if The Trigger’s Sound Level setting is exceeded. This combination gives a good control solution at a low entry cost for many venues. The Trigger & The Gov^nor are Australian designed and manufactured for Fitness Audio in Taiwan.

Or you can replace The Trigger with the Danish SoundEar II ($1100.00inc GST) or the SoundLog II U Monitors. These are wall mounting noise level monitors that measure across a greater decibel range but also connect to The Gov^nor in the same way. Besides that the SoundLog II U ($1749.00 inc GST) will also record the noise level every 2 minutes for 30 days. It uses a USB plug-in device that will record downloadable data to produce graphs or charts that show how loud it was on a particular date and time.

The SoundEar Pro System (from $2695.00 inc GST) can do the same thing but from up to 10 positions in an area. A technician can track the levels in real time using a 2.4GHz wireless connection to a laptop PC. Three leading Australian Orchestras have purchased SoundEar Pro systems to provide noise dosage data to their musicians after each performance in Opera Theatres.

Finally, Fitness Audio can also supply a Lime NLX Noise Limiter ($1290.00 inc GST). Made in the UK, this has a power cut-out solution and will interrupt the power supply to the sound system for 10 seconds if it gets too loud. Brutal – but sometimes it’s the only way!