Orfield Labs Anechoic Chamber

Orfield Labs Anechoic Chamber


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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 and a half hour minimum and with minimal to extended time in the anechoic chamber. Please send a note to info@orfieldlabs.com 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 multiple options for tours, each with different lengths of time in the anechoic chamber.  With a starting price of $400.00 ($200.00 per person) for 1.5 hours, we book tours on a by-appointment basis Monday - Friday (10-4), as available due to business commitments.  In addition to tours, Orfield offers immersive sessions in the anechoic chamber, which is available by the hour ($600/hr).  

The Anechoic Experience

We have witnessed many seeming miracles, some of which have explanations and some of which remain mysteries, as a result of time spent in our anechoic chamber.  We remain curious about the nature of the chamber's impact on all people, its therapeutic properties, and how it can influence human perception.  While anechoic chambers are traditionally used to study products, ours is becoming also about the people.  The Anechoic Experience is designed to be an opportunity to personally inquire about the chamber's therapeutic and spiritual effects.

Cost: $600.00 per hour

The Orfield Challenge

Over the many years that we have welcomed visitors to the chamber, some people have come with the intention of setting a personal record for time in the chamber, silent, in the dark. This has evolved into The Orfield Challenge, which is an opportunity for visitors to test their relationship with themselves in complete silence, in the dark, for 3+ hours.

Cost: $600.00 per hour

For more information about the tours and experiences that we offer, please email info@orfieldlabs.com


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. 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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