Orfield Labs Anechoic Chamber
Guinness World Record Tours. Orfield Laboratories offers tours of our facility focused on its earlier incarnation as Sound 80 Studios "The World's First Digital Recording Studios" and the later addition of our acoustic labs and our world famous Anechoic Chamber, "The Quietest Place on Earth". These tours run from a one hour minimum and with minimal time in the anechoic chamber. Please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for our tour information. Our anechioc chamber has been featured on NBC, CBS, BBC, CBC and thousands of other broadcast and print media.
Guns and other weapons are strictly prohibited and violations will be legally penalized and fined per our agreement that is signed by each participant.
Orfield Laboratories has 3 normal options for tours, with different lengths of time in the Chamber for each, the first having a short time with the tour guide. Starting at 1.5 hours, $200.00 per person ($400.00 minimum). We have Monday - Friday (10-4) reservations only, as available due to business commitments. Orfield Laboratories has recently added a tour to confirm your record time in the chamber. This is The Orfield Challenge. It is $600 per hour, per person, and you will be charged for the time you want to attempt, whether you succeed or not, as the time must be reserved for your attempt. A minimum time for this record challenge is one hour, and additional time is in one hour increments. A certificate of time achieved will be sent to you, if you leave us your forwarding address. If you attempt this record, please do not expose yourself to loud sounds and music for a week prior to your visit, as loud sounds can cause a Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS) that will reduce your hearing sensitivity and your enjoyment of listening to quiet sounds of your body, like your heartbeat, joint movement and airflow from your lungs. The current lights on record is 2 hours, and the current lights off record is 2 hours, as of June 2022.
Orfield Labs also offers full blown corporate events that last from 1/2 day to a full day. This can be conferences that are tied to Orfield tours, or they can be full entertainment tours that introduce the history of Sound 80 Studios as well as the history of Orfield Labs and their work with sensory spatial and product development. We did a fulll day program with Paramount Pictures, when they introduced the cable version of "A Quiet Place". They invited in the entertainment press and the stars and composers for the picture, and interviews were scheduled in the anechoic chamber and in Studio 1, where Bob Dylan recording "Blood on the Tracks." These events and conferences can be scheduled from 1/2 day - multiple days, with content to be determined by each company, and meetings can be interspersed with tours and historical sessions. We can also cater meals and host wine and cheese parties.
Sound 80 Studios
Sound 80 Studios. Sound 80 Studios was founded in 1970 by Herb Pilhofer and Tom Jung, and in 1975, in collaboration with 3M, which had just invented multi-track digital recording, Sound 80 became the "World's First Digital Recording Studio". Some of the artists that recorded at Sound 80 include Bob Dylan, Prince, Cat Stevens, Leo Kotttke, Lips Inc, Flim and the B.B.s, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Dave Brubeck. Sound 80 was a client of Orfield Labs since 1975, and we provided acoustic and lighting consulting for them. In 1990, Steven Orfield bought the studio and moved Orfield Labs into our new research headquarters. In 1995, a large addition was added to create our NIST / NVLAP accredited acoustical lab.
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