Quick Sound Field (QSF)

$2,356.00$7,068.00

The Quick Sound Field is a near field recording environment that allows you get the most sound you can into your mics. The QSF as we call it can transform the center of an ordinary room into a lush recording space. It works great for all types of recordings, from tracking drums and vocals in wide open spaces to close miking guitar amps in close quarters. The QSF lets you get more sound into your mics.

StudioTraps setup around the mic and talent create a recording space that is sonically decoupled from the room acoustics. Inside the QSF the sonic quality remains consistent from one setup to another without the need for studio notes. The talent is free to move around while recording and no one can hear the change in position. Most important is that what the talent hears inside the QSF is what they hear in the control room.

Description

The QSF is a nearfield recording environment that allows professional studio microphones and techniques to be successfully used in most ordinary rooms or even outdoors.  And in the best of live rooms, it dramatically improves the sense of intimacy without any adjustment in mic or talent position.  Inside the QSF the mic is recording what the talent is hearing. Adjustments are quick and easy and there is no surprise in playback.

StudioTraps setup around the mic and talent create a recording space that is sonically decoupled from the room acoustics. Inside the QSF the sonic quality remains consistent from one setup to another without the need for studio notes. The talent is free to move around while recording and no one can hear the change in position. Most important is that what the talent hears inside the QSF is what they hear in the control room.

 

Originally patented in the early ’80s, and ubiquitously also known to engineers, producers and artists as simply, “TubeTraps” (owing to their tall and slender cylindrical shape), many recording engineers as well as numerous custom-designed commercial studios use them to achieve better recording (and mixing) results.

One of the strongest benefits of the Quick Sound Field is it’s ability to be moved around into an AttackWall, a legendary producing space. When you’re done recording your talent with the QSF, move it into the control room and place it around the speakers, and watch and hear the mic placement in the mix become more clear than it has ever been before, while it simultaneously improves the sound from your speakers.

Summarizing his affection for ASC’s products, the famous producer Bruce Swedien wrapped up a recent interview by once again offering his personal endorsement of the system:

“ASC’s StudioTraps have been one of my ‘secret weapons’ all these years. They are an incredible product—durable, portable, extremely flexible and most important, they give me the ability to achieve precise, repeatable sound results with whatever microphones I choose, wherever I work. I haven’t done a project without them.” – Bruce Swedien

These projects include albums by Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and LL Cool J.

Why Do You Need a Quick Sound Field?

The QSF is a nearfield acoustic environment that improves the quality of the signal at the mic. It uses StudioTraps to surround and separate both mic and talent from the room. The QSF creates a controlled and very stable acoustic workstation and completes the missing link, the acoustic part of the mic environment in todays digital studio. Sonic structure inside the QSF is so consistent, you can break the kit down, put it away, days later you can casually set it back up anywhere and get the same sound you had before.

The Quick Sound Field is an amazing resource for producers. Ask your talent to step into the opening at the base of the QSF setup and drop your mic into the middle. The mic becomes decoupled from the room. That means that you can finally free your tracks from that close mic, proximity sound effect. Dig out your good figure 8 or omni, don’t be afraid to back it off the talent, up and away into that dense set of early reflections that live, alive and well, inside the QSF.
And then, ask your talent to project, to play into and fill up the QSF space in front of them. They should also feel free to move around, because the sound inside that space doesn’t change at the mic, it just stays there, rock solid. Best of all is that what the talent hears is what it sounds like on playback. And, yes it pans, mixes and runs through the effects rack just like ay other dry signal, except better. Remember: “you gotta hear it to believe it.”

Keeping the Dream Alive- produced/engineered by Bruce Swedien at West Viking Studio

ASC is proud to announce this incredible video showing off ASC-TubeTrap acoustics. Lead Vocals by Brent Carter. Drums by Josh Garneau. Guitars by Jordan Garneau. Pianos/Keyboards by Mason Embry. Written by Kent and Jordan Garneau and Darren Corlew. Orchestrated by Jeremy Lubbock. Produced/ Engineered by Bruce Swedien. Co-Engineered by Keith Henderson.

Additional information

Color

Quartz, Silver Papier, Gray Mix, Medium Grey, Black

Length

48

Diameter

9

Configuration

8 StudioTraps, 10 StudioTraps, 12 StudioTraps, 4 StudioTraps

Our SETUP GUIDE has a full discussion on utilizing the QSF in studio.

The minimum to create a Quick Sound Field is two pairs, forming a square around the mic, known as a Starter Set. The dramatic effect of the field created by four StudioTraps is still profound, and must be experienced to be believed.

Quick Sound Field StudioTraps
Starter 4
Standard 8
Enhanced 14
Large 20

The StudioTrap is a two sided acoustic cylinder. The front half is live, treble diffusive and the back half is dead, treble absorptive. The silver dot marks the center of the live, the treble diffusive side. The StudioTrap is a free standing, adjustable height, portable studio acoustic, useful in any room to form gobos or to soften walls and corners.

Sample QSF Configurations, see Downloads for a PDF guide

Custom Fabric Colors

Any product using our Guilford Stock Fabrics can have one of our 70+ custom fabrics ordered.

Custom Fabric Pricing is 10% additional, minimum $175/order.

  • If your selection is 499.00, the total cost for custom fabric is 499.00+50.00=549.00

Custom fabric does not impact shipping costs or product weight.

We carry many custom colors in our factory, but this is not guaranteed.  Orders requesting custom fabric will require 1-2 weeks lead time based on availability.  Contact us for details and availability.

TubeTrap Endcaps

These are painted gloss black with texture lacquer.

 

 

Quick Sound Field Flyer

Quick Sound Field Application Guide

Quick Sound Field History

TubeTraps (all variations)

Height

  • Standard TubeTraps products are built taller than the nominal listed height by 1/2″ to 3/4″
  • Maximum available single height for any full-round product is 48 1/2″
  • Custom Sizes under 4′ available

Diameter

  • All of our TubeTrap products are also ~3/8″ oversize in diameter.

Custom Sizes

These are built within 1/8″ tolerance.

  • A 13 x 3ft TubeTrap will have a diameter of 13 3/8″ and a length of approximately 36 5/8″
  • A 16 x 46″ Custom made TubeTrap, which will have a diameter of 16 3/8″ and a length of 46″ +/- 1/8″

This includes but is not limited to:

  • TubeTraps
  • IsoThermal TubeTraps
  • Quarter Rounds
  • Half Rounds
  • TowerTraps (all variants)

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