The Adelaide City Council has recently voted to impose special monitors on what they call “high risk” events. Such events are concerts, festivals or other events where noise levels may be breached. They have proposed that special sound monitors are installed that would cut power or something similar if the event exceeds a certain noise level. Bureaucrats that work for the city council will be given powers on whether to install these “sounds pressure level limiters” that are likely to be set at about 110 decibels. Now it will be interesting where the council intends to set up the monitor, we would hope at the mix position. Councillor Plumridge, who proposed this action also wants the bonds increased, but this motion failed. This all seems to come about due to the last Soundwave Festival, in March, that had attracted a total of 6 noise complaints. 3 of these complaints were from one resident.
It will be interesting to see how festivals and sound engineers react to this in future events.