Official Sound Policy
All camps with amplified sound (larger than a Bluetooth speaker) must register with the event during theme camp registration.
We are strong supporters of Civic Responsibility and want to be good temporary residents of the community we are visiting. We have worked hard with our neighbours to come up with clear rules about the level of sound during certain hours of the event and we ask that you help us to keep our impact on the surrounding area to a minimum. While these are the rules we are laying out, you may be asked to turn sound down or off at any time by our Sound Team. This is not to ruin the fun, but will be to preserve our relationship with our neighbours and ensure the ability for Hyperborea to continue in future years. We don’t enjoy asking you to turn it down either, so please work with us if we ask.
Hyperborea begins Thursday at noon and lasts until Monday at noon.
All subwoofers must be turned off between the hours of:
- 11 pm and 10 am on Thursday and Sunday
- 2 am and 10 am on Friday and Saturday.
The goal of these quiet hours is “sound systems equivalent to a personal Bluetooth type speaker”. In order to enforce this in a measurable manner, this means all sound equipment must be kept below 80dBC at 10 meters during quiet hours.
At all other times, not specified in this policy, amplified sound must be kept below 100 dBC at 10 meters.
Sound Rules for Each Day of the Event:
Amplified sound is not permitted before the event starts or after the event ends.
Tuesday and Wednesday (early arrival) & Monday afternoon
- No amplified sound
- Systems are off. No Exceptions
- Starting at 12 pm, sound systems on at an 80dBC at 10 meters and subs can be turned on.
- At 11 pm l sound systems can be at or below 80dBC at 10 meters and all subs must be turned off.
Friday & Saturday
- Subs back on at 10 am.
- At 2 am all sound systems can be at or below 80dBC at 10 meters and subs off.
- Subs back on at 10am.
- At 11 pm all sound systems can be at or below 80dBC at 10 meters and all subs off.
- No amplified sound after 12 pm
- Systems are off. No Exceptions
Permits and Enforcement:
All camps with amplified sound (larger than a Bluetooth speaker) must register with the event during theme camp registration. All sound systems will be issued a permit.
We will have volunteers with dB meters monitoring sound levels and responding to complaints; infractions of this policy will be marked on the sound system’s permit.
Infractions may result in a temporary shutdown of a sound system, and multiple infractions will result in a sound system being permanently turned off for the remainder of the event.
Regardless of sound levels, Hyperborea Sound Team requests to turn a system down or off are final and may be due to any number of factors. Our primary concern is ensuring the ongoing ability for the event to operate and that may mean no sound systems. Please work with us if we request something, regardless of what devices or level of experience you may have.
External Sound Complaints:
In order to be fair to everyone, all camps may need to turn down or possibly cease amplified music until further notice.
Depending on the severity of the complain, this could last for the evening or the rest of the event. Ideally, we do not want to get their attention in the first place.
We really need to avoid this happening, sound complaints are the most likely incident to prevent our event from happening again.
Monitor Your Sound Volume:
Other events have found the sound monitoring app, SPLnFFT Noise Meter (for iOS) to be extremely accurate. To keep infractions minimized, we highly recommend you use this app or a proper decibel reader to manage your own sound. If your sound meter has an option for a weighting, use “C weighting” as this will most accurately account for the bass on your system and is what we will be using to monitor your system.These rules are subject to change depending on site conditions.
If anything major changes, we will be sending the updates out to registered Theme Camps only and through the appropriate channels. Check this page often.
Please ask the Sound Team if you have any questions!