More Absorbers!

It’s not as easy to get excited about room treatment as it is to get excited about a new microphone or compressor. But in an effort to get my mix room to have as flat a response as possible for a room of its size, I decided I needed more absorption.

Up to this point I’ve built every single absorber in the studio, using a variety of materials, techniques and designs. For awhile it felt like life was nothing but building absorbers. My family began to wonder if I had developed a disorder, possibly as a result of inhaling the aerosol spray glue I sometimes used during their construction! But I am certain that each and every absorber is needed.

But measurements taken over the summer indicated that more was needed in the mix room, and I wasn’t convinced another home crafted absorber was going to cut it, nor was I enthusiastic about building more absorbers. So off to the Internet I went.

While I had never ordered from him, I’d read many of Ethan Winer’s writings on room treatment and decided to purchase some of his “real traps.” Well, I just received and installed them, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

On occasion, I’ve seen folks diss Ethan’s work on some forums, some claiming the traps are not as effective as claimed. Some have said that the traps are not very aesthetically pleasing (admittedly, the Real Traps website does not present the most flattering photographs of their products).

But both assertions are false — they are effective and great looking. They came well packaged (diffusors I had ordered from another company came damaged), with an excellent set of hardware to support their installation, not to mention a great installation guide. They are extremely well made (far better than some other acoustic treatments I have seen). And, the folks I spoke to at Real Traps were great — talking me out of a more expensive product they felt I did not need.