SturgisSoundGuy, I believe you mentioned Kickstands last year and know the place a bit. Any info from anyone would be appreciated. We have stayed there, at Elkview Campground before it was sold and became Kickstands, since 2003 and always liked it. We camped under the trees next to the dining/bar building but now they have a big outside stage right where we camped and they bring in bands every night. I'm sure it is loud until they stop the music at midnight, if they do, but I was wondering if there are places close to the dining building to camp without being blasted out before the bands shut down. I have no interest in camping far from that building. I know they have another shower house way out in the open area but I have no interest in that area and the rough dirt ride to get there. Thanks for any input. I'll probably head for Lamphere for the quiet but really like that old-Elkview area. Thanks.
Hey, I'm currently traveling down to Palm Springs to work for 8 days and then to Cal to visit family. Haven't been to Kickstands other than riding/driving by since it was Elkview. I know it will be louder just because Kickstands is trying to cover a large area with concert sound and it takes volume and speaker excursion to move air to make music "feel" good over a given area, I won't bore you all with the math!
Low frequencies are omni-directional, that is they travel 360 degrees from the source, unless the sound company is doing cardio subs and steering low end in a wanted direction. High and mid frequencies are much more directional, if the source is not facing you then you hear less of it.
If the volume from the stage/PA is 100 decibels it will be about 150 feet before one could talk without yelling to the person next to them. Behind the stage will be rumbling/thumping but low frequencies travel more efficiently than highs so you'll hear those better for a longer distance from the source. If there are buildings in the line of sight path from the stage the buildings will block highs/mids and the lows will be diminished some but still be able to "wrap" around the building and continue.
Look at the campground layout and see if you can figure out which part of the campground is to the side or behind the stage and if you can get a few hundred feet away from the stage to where you are setting up camp. Hopefully you can get some sleep!