VIBRANT TECHNOLOGIES PANELS
June 2001—Soundproofing panels from Vibrant Technologies (www.vibrantech.com) include the DF-24 Diffuser Panel ($79 per panel) and Wave Forms Acoustic Panel ($99 covered, $69 uncovered). The DF-24, which can be dropped into any standard 2×2-foot ceiling grid, is a molded plastic panel designed to diffuse or disperse acoustic energy. Weighing just three pounds each, Wave Forms panels are molded over a lightweight thermoplastic panel and help provide damping of higher frequencies and diffusion of middle and lower frequencies. Multiple facets and angles redirect and redistribute sound waves to help eliminate hot spots and dead spots, while they maintain as live a sound as possible. Wave Forms are available in convex and concave versions in 48 colors of fabric; panels are also available without fabric covering for use as diffusers.
REALTRAPS CEILING TILES
October 2007—The RealTraps (www.realtraps.com) Ceiling Tiles line includes eight models of ceiling tiles ($49.99 to $99.99) offered as an affordable, attractive alternative to hanging bass traps and RFZ panels from a grid ceiling. Normal home/office-style ceiling tiles are too reflective at mids and highs, and too thin to offer a useful bass trapping. RealTraps Ceiling Tiles solve the dilemma of treating first-reflection points and adding additional bass trapping to grid-based dropped ceilings. The tiles are available in 2×2- and 2×4-foot sizes, in thicknesses of 1.5 inches (for control of MF/HF reflections) or 3 inches for bass trapping. AES Booth #949.
REALTRAPS PORTABLE VOCAL BOOTH
April 2007—This “vocal booth in a box” from RealTraps ($299.99) creates a controlled environment for recording voice in acoustically nasty spaces. A hinged pair of 2×2-foot absorbing panels is fully adjustable in a V shape and mounts directly to a boom mic stand, or can be placed directly on a table or other flat surface. In addition to handling vocal duties, the “booth” is big enough to act as a small gobo to isolate a guitar amp, kick drum or other small instrument while tracking.
October 2005—MondoTraps broadband acoustic panels feature very high absorption down to the lowest frequencies. Only slightly larger than MiniTraps, MondoTraps are effective to below 40 Hz. MondoTraps can be installed permanently or mounted on optional stands ($80). This is our most powerful bass trap and will greatly improve your ability to record and mix accurately in any room. For product details, tutorials and videos about room acoustics, please see our Website. Price: $299 each.
July 2005—SoffitTraps are designed to mount high up in the ceiling corners and look like a built-in soffit. They can be painted using standard Latex paint to match the walls and ceiling, and employ a damped membrane fo high performance down to the lowest bass frequencies. SoffitTraps are 12.5×16.25 inches and four feet long and weigh eight pounds; custom lengths are available at no additional charge. SoffitTraps can also be installed vertically in wall-wall corners or hidden under a small table top (not supplied) to serve as plant holders or as stands for loudspeakers up to 50 pounds. SoffitTraps are available direct from manufacturer for $50 per linear foot or less; details are available at .
October 2003—RealTraps’ MicroTraps acoustic panels are 2×4 feet and only 1-inch thick, and are built with a dual-layer membrane to enhance their low-frequency absorption. Like the company’s original MiniTraps, MicroTraps are made with rigid Fiberglas and metal so they have a Class-A fire rating and can be installed in public venues. According to RealTraps co-owner Ethan Winer, “The main problems in most studios and listening rooms are acoustic interference that skews the low-frequency response and excessive ambience that obscures musical detail and causes listener fatigue. Many engineers and audiophiles cover their walls with foam, which just makes the room too dead at high frequencies while doing nothing for the low end. MicroTraps are much more absorbent than foam panels at all frequencies, so they do a superior job overall and with fewer pieces.”
RPG ACOUSTICTOOL PACKAGES
October 2006—RPG’s new AcousticTool™ packages offer the project studio owner an affordable, aesthetic, fabric-finish, Class-A fire-rated, high-performance pre-engineered room treatment solution. The AcousticTool packages usher in a new era of versatility with the RPG Room Scaling Matrix™, allowing users to quickly and easily configure their package to virtually any size room. www.rpginc.com
RPG STUDIO IN A BOX PACKAGES
October 2006—RPG’s new Studio In a Box™ packages offer the project studio owner a very affordable, expandable, aesthetic, Class-A or -B fire-rated, high-performance pre-engineered room treatment solution. The Studio In a Box packages usher in a new era of versatility with the RPG Room Scaling Matrix.
RPG INC. MODEX BROADBAND
October 2005—Control rooms often exhibit poor low-frequency response with significant emphasis at modal resonances. Porous surface absorption is ineffective because the air motion it requires is essentially zero when near room boundaries. The Modex Broadband was developed to offer broadband absorption effective from 50 to 5k Hz in a thickness of only four inches. Every now and then, a new technology comes along that changes everything. Now you can absorb more bass in less space! Price: $999 USD.
RPG DIFFUSOR SYSTEMS HEMIFFUSOR
October 2003—The classic 2-D QRD® diffusor that has been so popular in the pro studio and broadcast markets is now available in a lightweight, easy-to-install version for project studios and other home environments. Suitable for surface-mount wall and ceiling applications, as well as lay-in standard 15/16-inch T-bar ceiling grid. The industry’s most efficient and scientifically validated diffusor is now more affordable than ever! Finishes: white and “granite” gray. Size: 23x23x41⁄4 inches (TxWxD). (Extends 31⁄4 inches below T-bar for lay-in ceiling installations.) MSRP: $199.98/box of two (white).
RPG DIFFUSOR SYSTEMS STUDIO-IN-A-BOX
June 2002—The Studio-in-a-Box Silver Package ($549.99) is the first in a series of project studio turnkey solutions from RPG Diffusor Systems. Including 46 individual pieces, Silver Package uses the company’s ProFoam Panels to control comb filtering arising from strong reflections in a small room, ProFoam Tiles mounted in a 1×1-foot checkerboard pattern to provide a variable-impedance surface and four ProCorners to increase low-frequency absorption down to 125 Hz while seamlessly integrating with the kit’s ProFoam Panels. Studio-in-a-Box Silver Package components come in white, white-fleck and gray-fleck Class-A Melaflex, and charcoal gray, blue and purple Class-B/C Polyflex material. One kit can acoustically treat a project studio room up to 14x10x8 feet high.
RPG DIFFUSOR SYSTEMS SKYLINES AND MOLDEX
June 2001—Another great Website for learning about the fundamentals of acoustic soundproofing is offered by the folks at RPG Diffusor Systems. An extensive thumbnail gallery indexes a variety of architectural, home theater and project studio products, each with a close-up JPEG, extensive absorption and diffusion coefficient graphs and downloadable installation PDFs. RPG’s Skylines diffuser panel ($284 for box of two) is an art-worthy, 2-D “primitive root diffusor.” The Modex Corner ($564 for box of two) is a stackable corner-mounting, pressure-zone membrane absorber that stands 25 inches high and extends 17 inches out from a corner along the mounting walls. The unit can also be used freestanding to deal with excess low frequencies.
RPG DIFFUSOR SYSTEMS ROOM SIZER
October 2000—The first Windows program that automatically determines the best length, width and height for a room, given a range for possible lengths, widths and heights. Just enter the dimension ranges, and the optimum dimensions are determined. You can have the flexibility of choosing solutions for rooms that will use electronic equalization, or will not use electronic equalization.
RPG DIFFUSOR SYSTEMS CATT ACOUSTICS
October 2000—CATT acoustics is the industry’s leading acoustical predication and auralization software. Room acoustics prediction is the process in which using geometrical acoustics, octave-band echograms are predicted based on a 3-D CAD model of a room. Frequency-dependent material properties (absorption, diffusion) are assigned to room surfaces and frequency-dependent source directives are assigned to sound sources. Auralization is the process in which predicted octave-band echograms are converted to binaural impulse responses that can be convolved with anechoically recorded speech or music giving an impression of how the music or speech would sound if replayed in the modeled hall.
October 2005—Founded by a team of industry veterans, Intelligent Acoustics www.iacoustics.com offers an affordable single-source solution for customers seeking help with design and acoustical treatment of interior spaces. In addition to marketing products from Illbruck, Kinetics and RPG, the company is launching an innovative range of acoustical doors (some with exotic woods), gobos (moveable floor-standing baffles), clouds and variable acoustical panels for studios and other acoustically critical environments.
ILLBRUCK SONEX CORNER TRAPS
June 2002—New from Illbruck Inc. (www.illbruck-sonex.com), SONEX® Corner Traps provide up to 12 sabins of sound absorption below 500 Hz. Measuring 24 inches high by 12 inches deep, the triangular-shaped, gray, polyurethane foam Corner Traps absorb unwanted low-frequency sound waves in recording studios and other critical listening environments. Providing adequate sound control when stacked two high in each corner, Corner Traps may also be stacked from floor to ceiling for optimal sound control.
ILLBRUCK SONEX ACOUSTICAL PRODUCTS
June 2001—Many acoustical materials dealers sell Sonex-based products, and now all but Sonex One are available online directly from the manufacturer, Illbruck. Sonex One is the company’s most popular product and is suitable for a wide range of uses and environments. Its sculpted surface of open-cell willtec foam is available in natural willtec and painted willtec, and is available in a Hypalon-coated version that can be wiped clean and is protected against dust and dirt. Sonex Classic ($213 for a 2-inch-thick, 24×28-inch roll covering 64 square feet) is a polyurethane foam version of Sonex One in a modified anechoic wedge design, and the Sonex Valueline ($169 for a 64 square foot, 11⁄2-inch-thick roll) is a Class-1 fire-rated, absorptive foam available in painted charcoal, beige, brown, blue and light gray.
CLEARSONIC S5-2L SORBER BAFFLES
August 2004—ClearSonic’s (www.clearsonic.com) Sorber S5-2L panels ($180) are 24x66x1.6-inch, freestanding, acoustic absorption baffles made from two sections of compressed Fiberglas inserted into a heavy-duty cloth case with a center hinge. Retail is $180, and smaller 44-inch S4-2 units are also available at $120 each. Units set up and tear down in seconds. Multiple units tack together to grow with your needs and are available in light or dark gray.
August 2003—This modular floor decoupling system is designed to reduce sound and vibration transfer by approximately 6 dB. Using the supplied Velcro strips, several of the 2×2-foot IF2 and/or 1×1-foot IF1 baffles can be quickly assembled into a custom and quiet flooring platform. Units can be stacked and topped with carpet or other flooring products, increasing their effectiveness.
CLEARSONIC FLECTOR AND SORBER
June 2001—ClearSonic’s Flector Personal Monitor Discs (starting at $15) are 1/10-inch-thick, modified-acrylic devices designed to reflect sound back to a wind player or vocalist so that performers can hear themselves better during recording and rehearsal. The Flector discs also serve to diffuse the type of high-energy acoustical energy associated with brass instruments, which is especially helpful for other musicians recording nearby and directly in the “line of fire.” SORBER is a new line of portable sound-absorbing systems that improves the performance of the company’s ClearSonic Panel by absorbing stray sounds that can cause drums to sound roomier than desired. Available in 4- and 51⁄2-foot-high models (14 and 19 pounds each, respectively), both SORBER systems are 11⁄2 inches thick, 4 feet wide and fold in half for easy mobility.
June 2001—ClearSonic uses the latest in “see-through acoustic panel technology” to create panels that easily tame the loudest drum kit, guitar amp or trumpet section, while still maintaining essential eye contact. The aptly named ClearSonic Panel can be folded accordion-like for easy transport and storage, yet it sets up with no gaps between panels where sound could escape. Perfect for surrounding a big drum kit, the 1⁄4-inch-thick panels are available in factory-assembled configurations that stand 24, 48 or 66 inches tall, and either 12 or 24 inches across. ClearSonic’s A2-4 ($120 with factory direct discount) is a new 2-foot-high ClearSonic Panel system designed for guitar speaker cabinets, allowing players to drive amps and speakers to preferred levels without causing leakage problems.
AURALEX PERSONALIZED,FREE ROOM ANALYSIS
June 2008—For those seeking expert advice on how to tame the wild acoustic space, Auralex (www.auralexelite.com) now offers free advice that includes product recommendations and placement for customers facing the challenges of larger spaces, such as churches and gymnasiums. Personalized Room Analysis and free Large-Room Analysis forms are downloadable as PDFs from Auralex’s site (www.auralex.com), or users can call Auralex directly (317/842-2600) to have a copy of either form faxed. Once all sections are filled out and forms are submitted, within two or three business days an Auralex consultant will review the information and formulate suggestions for Auralex products and their suggested placement in the room.
AURALEX STUDIOFOAM SMARTPAK
September 2007—This versatile studio acoustic solution from Auralex comes in several combinations that start at $179. The 2-inch Studiofoam® SmartPak™ totals 48 square feet with 12 wedge- or pyramid-shaped 2×2-foot panels per pack. The 4-inch Studiofoam SmartPak totals 24 square feet with six 2×2-foot panels packaged together, and the LENRD SmartPak includes four bass traps. All SmartPaks are available in charcoal, purple and burgundy. Alternate colors and alternate sizes, such as 1- and 3-inch products, are available via special order in standard packaging.
AURALEX SPACEARRAY DIFFUSER
August 2007—The SpaceArray ($399 each) acoustical diffuser from Auralex Acoustics, designed by Russ Berger, offers hemispherical acoustical diffusion in a wood finish. The Class-B, fire-rated product passed testing in accordance with ASTM E84, a standard test for surface-burning characteristics of building materials, and acoustical testing in accordance with ISO 17497-1, a standard test for sound-scattering coefficients. Each paulownia wood panel measures 24×24 inches.
March 2007—SonoSuede is the newest family of all-in-one D.I.Y. room treatment systems from Auralex. The SonoSuede Pro system comprises four 16×48×2-inch (W×H×D) back-beveled panels used predominantly for corner trapping and eight 16×48×1-inch rectangular back-beveled panels to cover a total of 64 square feet. The SonoSuede HT System comprises four 16×48×2-inch back-beveled panels and eight trapezoidal-shaped 16×48×1-inch square-edge panels for total coverage of 54 square feet. Each system is priced at $1,399. Panels come in black/red and black/tan; other colors can be custom-ordered.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS SONOSUEDE PRO SYSTEM
October 2006—Comprising four 16x48x2-inch-thick, back-beveled panels and eight 16x48x1-inch, rectangular, squared-edge panels, the SonoSuede Pro System is a cost-effective solution offering a multitude of decorative options. The system’s unique mounting blocks provide superior acoustic and exceptional aesthetic benefits. The synthetic-suede fabric provides the acoustical transparency and visual allure critical in today’s studio applications. Stock colors are available; custom colors available by special order.
AURALEX PARTSCIENCE SPACEARRAY
October 2005—Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, the pArtScience SpaceArray combines excellent hemispherical acoustical diffusion with a top-quality wood finish. Based on a quasi-random series that provides superior performance without visual patterning, the SpaceArray is ideal for control rooms, auditoriums, performance venues, listening rooms, home theaters and worship spaces. Strong and light weight, the beautiful 24×24-inch solid wood panels install easily and can be used in a variety of placement options. Price: $399.
AURALEX PARTSCIENCE AUDIOTILE
October 2005—Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, pArtScience AudioTile redefines the aesthetics of acoustical absorption. Tesselated forms present unlimited design possibilities for a sophisticated, custom appearance that is precisely tailored to the desired acoustical performance. Varying thickness built into each component delivers excellent broadband absorption, while the design patterns allow a unique means of blending absorption, diffusion and reflection for the optimum acoustical balance. Auralex’s proprietary Studiofoam formula provides superior durability and Class-B flame retardancy. Price: $119.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS TRUTRAPS
November 2004—It is common knowledge that an airspace behind a passive absorber increases its low-frequency effectiveness. Building on that principle, Auralex Acoustics introduces the TruTraps™ broadband absorption system. TruTraps allow you to quickly and easily install offset acoustical panels on your walls or ceiling for a “one-product-fits-all” broadband acoustical solution.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS VERSATILE
April 2003—Auralex’s VersaTile (left) is a new, innovative broadband absorber with specially engineered air cavities to yield extra sonic benefits. VersaTiles are 16 inches wide by 24 inches long and have a nominal thickness of 2 inches. Offered in all 12 Auralex colors, VersaTiles are sold in boxed quantities of six or a MasterPack of 24. Suggested retail for a box of six VersaTiles is $99; the VersaTile MasterPack retails at $329.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS MOPAD MONITOR ISOLATORS
April 2003—MoPADs provide sonic isolation between your monitors and whatever your monitors are resting on, instantly improving the accuracy of your entire monitoring system. One set of MoPADs includes four individual pads and will isolate two monitors. MoPADs measure 12x4x2 inches. Retail is $29.95/set.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS ROOM CONTOL KITS
June 2002—Auralex’s line of total room control kits provide all you’ll need to treat a tiny edit space, 20×20-foot facility and everything in between. Ease of installation is primary in all four charcoal-gray kits, starting with the 641/2×1/2×2-thick foam Wedgies, four LENRD Bass Traps and can of Foamtak Spray Adhesive found in the Alpha 1 Roominator Kit. The Alpha 1 is designed for small rooms—less than 100 square feet with a minimum room dimension of six to eight feet—and the Project 2 Kit does the same for rooms measuring roughly 12×8 feet with two dozen 2x2x2 Wedge Panels, eight LENRD Bass Traps and five Tubetak Pro Liquid Adhesives. Deluxe Plus Kit adds six T’Fusor (pictured) 3-D Sound Diffusor panels to the Project 2 Kit for rooms with 10- to 14-foot walls, and the Pro Plus Kit acoustically treats rooms up to 500 square feet with additional T’Fusors, Bass Traps and Wedge Panels.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS MAX-WALL
June 2002—From Auralex is the MAX-Wall Modular Acoustical Environment Series. (MAX stands for Mobile Absorptive Expandable.) Available in charcoal gray, burgundy and “vivid purple,” each MAX-Wall package combines modular speaker stands, windowed panels, corner couplers and stand-mounted LENRDs in different ways to suit different rooms’ acoustical treatment requirements. MAX-Wall panels with 18×12-inch Plexiglas windows can be angled and attached to create convenient vocal and dialog booths built right into a transportable sound wall.
AURALEX ACOUSTICS PRODUCTS
June 2001—Sporting an information-rich Website for sleuthing sound problems, Auralex Acoustics offers a wide line of soundproofing materials and room-in-a-box solutions. StudioFoam Wedge panels (call for pricing) are 2×4-feet each; they come 12 to a box and are primarily intended for wall coverings and ceilings. The company’s T’Fusors are made from high-impact thermoplastic that drop easily into ceiling grids. T’Fusors are also wall-mountable—with pushpins, staples, Tubetak glue, nails, Velcro or 2-sided tape—and may be easily brush- or spray-painted. Twelve-inch Venus Bass Traps have an overall NRC rating of 0.30, absorb all frequencies and are particularly designed to soak up bothersome low-frequency waves. Auralex also makes MAX-Wall, the practical solution for studios and production suites using rented space and/or in need of a portable soundproofing solution. MAX-Wall is available in a variety of absorptive studio wall kits, complete with windows, cable openings and attached vocal mini-booths.
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS SOUND BARRIER, ALPHARESILIENT ISOLATION CLIPS
October 2006—AudioSeal Sound Barrier and AlphaResilient Isolation Clips are used for achieving high-STC ratings with new or existing wall or ceiling construction. Used together, the products can achieve a Sound Transmission Class 58. Clips typically required on only one side of an assembly. The AudioSeal Sound Barrier weighs 1 pound/square foot and is 1/8-inch thick. ww.acousticalsolutions.com
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS ISOLATION CLIPS
October 2004—Those looking to build a wall with outstanding isolation will be interested in AlphaResilient Isolation Clips from Acoustical Solutions. The clips attach to an existing wall with a rubber interface that holds an aluminum crossbar, which can be used to attach a second piece of drywall. This creates an acoustically isolated second wall using a minimal amount of space. Used with the AudioSeal Sound Barrier (1⁄8 inch thick and 1 pound/square foot), a Sound Transmission Class rating of 60 can be achieved.
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS AUDIOSEAL SOUND BARRIER
April 2004—Acoustical Solutions’ AlphaResilient Isolation Clips and AudioSeal Sound Barrier are used to achieve high STC ratings with new or existing wall, ceiling or floor construction. Used together, the products can achieve a sound transmission class rating of 60. Clips typically required on only one side of an assembly. The AudioSeal Sound Barrier weighs one pound per square foot and is 1/8-inch-thick. Seal all potential air leaks with a nonhardening acoustical caulk (sound sealant).
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS WOODTRENDS
April 2003—WoodTrends™ ceiling tiles and wall panels feature a genuine wood-plank treatment with perforations or grooves able to achieve NRC (sound absorption) ratings as high as 0.9. The system is built on an MDF or chipboard core and your choice of 24 standard wood veneer facings.
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS SOUNDSUEDE WALL PANELS
October 2002—SoundSuede Fabric-Wrapped Wall Panels fill your acoustical and aesthetic needs with their strong sound-absorbing performance, durability and elegant appearance. These wall panels are wrapped in our SoundSuede fabric for noise reduction and reverberation control. Available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors, SoundSuede Wall Panels allow you to create an effective sound control treatment that is distinctly appropriate for your environment. These panels come in standard or custom sizes, up to 4×10 feet, in thicknesses ranging up to 4 inches. They have a Class-1 fire rating and can be provided with various edge details and installation options.
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS ALPHASORB WALL PANELS
June 2001—AlphaSorb Wall Panels come in standard or custom sizes and with soft or resin-hardened edges, and they sport a sound-absorption rating of NRC 0.80 to 1.05 and a Class-1 fire rating. Prices range from $39 for a 1-inch-thick, 2×2-foot panel to $280 for a 4×4-foot, 2-inch one. The AlphaSorb Barrier Wall Panels (call for pricing) are combination wall panels that feature AlphaSorb Wall Panels and a strip of Audioseal Sound Barrier, a sound transmission blocker that has an STC rating of 27 and is dense enough to weigh 1 pound per square foot. Price is $472 for a 54×60-inch roll (270 square feet).
ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS PRODUCTS
June 2001—Acoustical Solutions’ Signature Sound Barrier Ceiling Tiles come in two sizes (2×2 feet and 2×4 feet) and replace standard lay-in ceiling tiles. Prices are from $15.50 to $88 per tile. The company’s Alpha Spiral ($72 for a 4-foot trap) and Corner Traps ($22 each for a 4-foot trap) are also available. The Alpha Spiral Trap is designed to fit over a tripod base microphone stand and absorb low frequencies. Each unit is easily raised or lowered on the stand to match a room’s needs.
PRIMACOUSTIC VENICE PANEL
November 2004—This attractive, kit-style acoustical panel system lets users install acoustic panels on walls without causing severe wall damage from the glue. Each Venice kit (pictured) has four panels and includes Z-foam acoustic baffles, top and bottom wedges, 48×12-inch corrugated backing boards and adhesive. Easy installation with small finishing nails or tacks. www.primacoustic.com
November 2004—This speaker isolation pad eliminates the mechanical coupling from a reference monitor to the bridge or work desk, providing truer response. Made of ultrahigh-density charcoal polyurethane foam, Iso-Pad is available in choice of 10-degree wedge or parallel designs to suit desired angle. Shipped four to a box.
November 2003—At AES in New York, Primacoustic expanded its studio solutions with the Polyfuser (left), a dual-function LF bass trap combined with wideband diffusion.
PRIMACOUSTIC RAZORBLADE VERSION 2 QUADRATIC DIFFUSER
October 2003—Primacoustic’s award-winning RazorBlade Quadratic Diffuser has been improved with a new heavy-duty, high-gloss finish and laminated outer shell for enhanced durability and consistent performance. The RazorBlade Version 2 retains all of the characteristics that made the original RazorBlade the best performing and most highly acclaimed and cost-effective diffuser to enter the market.
October 2003—Z-Foam anechoic wedge acoustical panels are fire-rated to the tough California C-117 specification. These panels are ideal for use in home theater and home studio situations.
PRIMACOUSTIC STUDIO SYSTEMS
June 2002—Primacoustic, a division of CableTek, offers more than a dozen all-in-one soundproofing packages for existing rooms. Complete rooms can be treated with the London Studios, New York Voice-Over Booths, Rio Video Suites and Montreal Studios “Prima-kits,” which start at just $200. Good for soundproofing a 14×10-foot desktop production room with a live drum kit, London-14 ($600) is a 19-piece solution that features the company’s Europa-63 Flutter Walls for reducing slap echo and standing waves, a pair of Orientique-33 Washboards to dissipate primary reflections, four Australis Corner Traps for controlling the low end in each corner and numerous Scandia-74 Scatter Blocks for soft diffusion. Systems can be customized with other products such as the new Razorblade Quadratic Diffusers.
June 2002—At NSCA, Primacoustic debuted the Razorblade™ (pictured) Quadratic Diffusor ($259 list), a 2×4-foot, 8-inch-deep, semi-random quadratic-diffusion panel made of MDF to reduce standing waves and flutter echo down to 350 Hz. For a fraction of the cost of high-end hardwood diffusors, effective control of reflections from the “receive” wall can be achieved in venues where this type of solution may have been thought to be too expensive. Razorblade offers a practical recording studio solution for backwall reflections.
May 2002—Primacoustic, the acoustical division of CableTek Electronics, offers Freeport™, a highly effective absorbent acoustical panel designed for temporary or low-cost acoustical correction. This sturdy, lightweight portable system features Primafoam™ high-density, open-cell, fire-retardant acoustical foam for maximum absorbency. Each Freeport panel section measures 24×48 inches (WxH), and is height-adjustable from 5 to 6 feet high.
March 2002—The $149 Freeport (left) is a 24×48-inch acoustic absorber of high-density Primafoam mounted on a height-adjustable, free-standing frame. Freeports may be positioned to correct sonic problems in temporary control rooms or as acoustical gobos in studios.
PRIMACOUSTIC QUADRATIC DIFFUSER
April 2002—Primacoustic intros the RazorBlade broadband quadratic diffuser. Effective from 350 to 10k Hz, RazorBlade features 16 wells of solid MDF construction for maximum density and deflection at all frequencies. All slats feature “dado, dowel and glue” construction to eliminate rattle and self-noise. RazorBlade is 24x48x8 inches (WxHxD).
PRIMACOUSTIC ACOUSTICAL MATERIALS
June 2001—Primacoustic offers a variety of acoustical materials, including diffusers, absorption panels and bass traps, as single items or entire studio room treatment systems. The Primacoustic line of broadband acoustical products are easy to install, affordable and offer the look and performance of an architectually designed studio. The system is based on a modular concept that combines different acoustical absorbers to resolve the four common problems in all square rooms: The Europa Flutter Wall controls front-to-back flutter and works with the Scandia Scatter Blocks to reduce standing waves; the Orientique Washboards reduce side wash and powerful primary reflections; and the Australis Bass Trap is a corner wedge that tightens bass and brings balance back into your room. More than a dozen standard studio room packages are offered, ranging from a $215 6×4-foot voice-over booth treatment to 12×16-foot studios in the $875 range. Prices even include glue, and panels are also sold individually allowing users to customize their designs.