“When mix time comes, I switch gears and bring the traps into my control room and create a true AttackWall around my desk. This is where ASC StudioTraps really shine.” —Pete Droge
Engineer and musician Pete Droge of Puzzle Tree Music relies on tried and true mixing techniques that include ASC’s AttackWall.
“I’m a total believer in TubeTraps. I don’t really have a clue how they work, but I know that they do work. The best thing for me is the versatility. I’ve got as many as 16 roving StudioTraps available that I can use on a case by case basis: like making a quick sound field for cutting vocals, or carefully placing them around my drum kit to control things like early reflections of the snare bottom on my bamboo floor. It’s also great having one side that absorbs and another that diffuses. By just spinning traps around I can fine tune liveness.
Then, when mix time comes, I switch gears and bring the traps into my control room and create a true AttackWall around my desk. This is where ASC StudioTraps really shine. Without a doubt, the biggest improvement I’ve made to my studio is pulling the trigger on the ASC 20” MonitorStands, coupled with the purchase of my Adam S3As. I had high hopes for what these bass traps would do to improve my monitoring, and they completely blew away my expectations. It was truly staggering. Since getting them, I have been spending way more time listening to music for the sheer pleasure of it. I can tune into the low end on records that I have loved my whole life and enjoy hearing things I had never heard clearly before. ”
Situated on pristine Vashon Island, WA, the full service studio even has TubeTraps ready to go in the live room, just in case.
Pete has served as producer on two of his own albums as well as work by numerous others, most notably Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. He’s mounted tours with Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Dixie Chicks, and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Jon Stewart Show.