Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Auralex Acoustics resonates in limited space for mix engineer
Grammy-nominated engineer and mixer Mark Williams has incorporated Auralex Acoustics solutions into his personal editing and mixing space. As an independent producer/engineer, Williams has worked all over the eastern half of the United States, recording and mixing in many different studios and mobile trucks.
Williams installed six pArtScience SpaceCouplers with two 1in layers of SonoFiber onto varied sections of the drop ceiling of some rented office space, which was originally just used to store his personal equipment between projects. Because of shrinking industry budgets, Williams began to use that space for editing, vocal tweaking, etc. When he began using the room to mix some tightly budgeted projects, he recognized the need for more effective acoustical treatments, though he was doubtful of achieving full control in his limited square footage without a huge investment.
“I was faced with a giant bass blob that I assumed was unavoidable in such a small space,” Williams said. “I finally got Auralex’s SpaceCouplers installed and was amazed to find the low end in my room hugely improved to the point that I have much more confidence in the mixes I can make there. I expected an improvement, but this is way beyond what I had hoped to achieve.”
Designed by Russ Berger for Auralex Acoustics, the SpaceCoupler optimizes acoustical environments by providing boundary interaction between loosely coupled spaces. The SpaceCoupler generates a low-level reverberant tail to create a full, well-developed sound, even in small footprint spaces. Auralex SonoFiber is a budget-priced, 1in thick charcoal gray natural fiber acoustic absorptive with a Class A fire rating.
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