Studio Furniture and Acoustics
The basic fact is this...
- When you place an object the size of a small car into a room, it can resonate, reflect, trap and absorb sound.
- Poorly designed furniture can murder the acoustics in a well designed studio.
We have designed our furniture to minimize these issues.
Our "Open Architecture" Skeleton Design
One of the goals of an effective console design is to prevent the build-up of sound waves within the console. Box structures with parallel reflective surfaces and randomly placed holes can have a devastating acoustical effect. The result could be an unintended bass trap, resonator or reflector.
Eliminating cabinet surface and creating large openings allow the sound to freely pass through the console, virtually eliminating the "bass trap" and "resonator" effect. Also eliminated are the early reflections from the base structure. As an added bonus, this design also increases the amount of thermal venting which will extend the operating life of your expensive electronics.
Low Profile Design
It is critical that the console presents a low physical presence in the room to avoid obstruction and distortion of the speaker sound path. The basic idea is to keep the furniture (and display monitoring components) as low as possible, so they affect the critical listening field as little as possible.
Unavoidable early reflections from the speaker sound path need to be deflected away from the critical listening position (sweet spot). Although it is nearly impossible to eliminate all early reflection, it is vital that a serious and informed attempt is made to reduce the noise as much as possible. The energy that leaves the speaker should only reach the ear of the mixer/engineer one time before it is diffused or absorbed by the architecture and treatment of the room. The console must be designed to direct the sound toward the room surfaces and away from the mixer.
The finish surfaces that cover a majority of the "pass through openings" are treated with fabric instead of the perforated metal that is used in our competitors' furniture (if they provide venting). The fabric components eliminate the 50% of solid surface that makes up most perforated metal and eliminates any metal ping or rattle that can occur in a poorly applied metal surface.
Wood Components vs. MDF
We use MDF for 90% of the solid components in our furniture.
Why? Because wood components (hardwood and plywood) can resonate and color the sound. Great in a recording space, NOT so great in a mix or mastering environment.
It is the reason that most speaker manufacturers use MDF instead of wood. The acoustical properties of MDF are better suited in applications where consistency and reduced resonance are of great importance.
MDF is also stronger than plywood. When proper adhesives and/or superior assembly methods are used, MDF provides a stronger and more durable product.