Two Kinds of Room Acoustics

2024-06-11T11:23:56-07:00

Art Noxon discusses the treatment for two kinds of room acoustics, especially regarding recording studios.

Professional Recording Studios. When it comes to our clients you get one shot to get it right.  Almost never is there enough money, time and energy left over after a studio project so that you can redo some non-working part of a recently finished project.  That means when we’re involved we know we have to get it right the first time…

In the early days, ASC sold products to engineers who were trying to fix their problems, and we still do.  But, after 30 some years of this, we’ve learned a lot about how to fix a studio and even more important, what not to do when building a studio.  When we join in at the beginning of a studio project, we’re not fixing problems.  We’re making sure there are no problems to fix.

ASC is the pioneer and leader in factory-built modular professional recording studio acoustics. But it was our clients, those early recording engineers who blazed the trail.  They had a problem to fix and knew what they needed and where they needed it.  We designed, voiced and built the products they needed.  And one of the requirements always was to get it done quick.
Professional Recording Studios with grey and black attackwall

In the early days we were suspending TubeTraps from the ceiling and stacking them along the walls and in the corners to deal with vertical and horizontal acoustic energy reflections, reverb/mode decay rates and stimulating diffusion.

Then we developed half-round and quarter-round TubeTraps, studio-grade acoustics that could be mounted on the surface of walls, corners, and ceilings instead of stacking and hanging round cylinders.  This evolution in our product line wasn’t our idea, it was what we could do in response once again to our clients, recording engineers who wanted more floor space and a more architectural studio look.  We kept the upper treble diffusing panel in this new line of surface-mounted traps but it was no longer adjustable as it was with the full-round TubeTrap.

Then the third stage of our product line that services the pro audio industry took place.  Because of the “Lego” aspect of TubeTraps, recording engineers kept fooling around with them, stacking them and moving the stacks around in open space, following their ears until the AttackWall and the QuickSoundField were developed.  We entered the realm of free-standing studio acoustics and developed the StudioTrap.  We weren’t too far away from studio gobos but a lot more focused on what the engineer’s ear hears and what the microphone picks up.  With these professional acoustic systems, AttackWall for mixing and the QSF for tracking, a functioning professional studio can be set up in a matter of hours.

Professional Recording Studios drum set with white studiotraps in a quicksoundfield set up

Along with manufacturing and sales of acoustic products, ASC offers a no-charge initial consultation to help customers select and use our products effectively. A more in-depth design service complete with an acoustical engineering report is also available for a nominal fee. The fee is later applied to your purchase.

Professional recording studios are amazing fun to build. Just fax, mail or attach to an email a dimensioned sketch or plans along with a bunch of photos of the room/space you are planning to work on and we’ll open up your file and get ready to work on it.  Consulting is based on billable hourly time.  We’ll usually include ASC products in the development of your studio project and some of the consulting fees will be used towards the products.  We can also start with a minimal acoustic treatment, and design an upgrade path for you to work up to, as time and budget allows.

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