The Kinds of Room Acoustics

Published On: October 7, 2022Tags: , , , , , ,

Art Noxon, PE Acoustical is ASC’s founder & inventor of the TubeTrap. This week Art discusses the kinds of room acoustics, especially regarding recording studios. Enjoy!

Art Noxon Discusses Two Kinds of Room Acoustics

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.

Discover why Grammy Award-winning Recording Engineers & Performers choose Acoustic Sciences to shape the sound of their professional recording studios.


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.

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.

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