Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University, Durham, NC Case Study

A Domed Homecoming

Building Blocks

My first encounter with Baldwin Auditorium was in 1977 as a Duke undergraduate student when I was working for Student Services, the in-house AV group at the university. I was sent there with a couple of Shoeps microphones and a Nagra reel to reel tape recorder to record a string quartet performance. I can’t vouch for the recording quality, but I do recall the hall was worn and in poor condition. The acoustics of the room were boomy, with a very high BR and low mid frequency RT probably due to the vintage acoustic tile glued to the walls and ceiling. The air conditioning was so noisy it had to be shut off during the recording session…..

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