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Top Performance from Pulsar Nova 45 in TV Studio Project Allows the Show to Go On!
The noise levels in TV studios have to be low and thus when it comes to acoustic measurements of plant above them then speed is of the essence so that the show can go on. Graham Ellicott of Dakat recently had to carry out a number of measurements in a ductwork system above a TV studio that supplies programmes for channels that are available via BSkyB. The noise measurements required the removal of hatches in the ductwork and this process plus the extra noise generated by their opening could have been difficult to deal with had it not been for the Pulsar Nova 45 which can measure many different functions simultaneously. A small ‘window’ of time (approximately 10 mins between takes) was all that was available for the whole measurement process and the Nova 45 easily took this in its stride. Graham commented “In the past, I’ve used other meters that would have required at least 30 minutes for all of the measurements but because of the Nova 45’s ability to measure simultaneously the whole process was completed within the 10 minute window thus saving me and the client time while allowing the show to go on!
The subject of the long term effects of noise for performing arts professionals has always been sensitive and difficult to assess. At English National Opera, we have been very aware of this situation and in 2004 decided we needed arobust, reliable and unobtrusive system that would allow us to gain a greater understanding of the typical personal noise exposure levels received by members of our orchestra, chorus, stage performers, technicians and other staff. Given that the music and performance dynamics change from production to production, we needed to incorporate these differences into our noise control plan.
We invested in the Pulsar Instruments Plc Model 22 doseBadge system that consists of small, robust and lightweight dosimetry units that attach comfortably to the shoulder of the employee being monitored. After each session this information is then communicated to the reader unit where we can easily view the essential measurement information. We then have the option of downloading each group of measurements to a computer for further analysis and reporting. The time histories of the noise levels are very useful for determining when the main exposure levels occur and which members of staff are most affected.
This method of capturing data has provided us with valuable information enabling us to assess and then investigate ways of minimising the risks from noise exposure. When routine verification of the equipment is required we simply contact Pulsar instruments to arrange the prompt service and recalibration our doseBadge system.
The ability to comply with Noise at Work Regulations is an essential requirement for a venue such as ours. From the start, we wanted to invest in a trusted brand and a meter that would offer us the right specification and the latest technology to help us achieve compliance. We chose the Nova sound meter from local company Pulsar Instruments plc which meets all our key requirements and we are delighted with its performance.