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“I’ve never heard the song Hotel California with so much detail!”

Daniel Weiss, Founder of Weiss Engineering & audio industry influencer

We have worked with many recording studios both in Switzerland and other parts of Europe, to optimize the room acoustics for a better, cleaner, more accurate playback of music. We did anything from planning complete recording studios from scratch, optimizing existing ones in pre-defined spaces or solving a very particular hard-to-solve issue.

Most studios do a pretty good job at coming up with proper acoustics. Yet anyone without the luxury of space for passive absorbers is potentially left with room mode issues in the lower end of the spectrum. As the following animation shows, such room modes can have devastating effects on acoustics.

Based on our active noise control technology, we have developed an active solution to cancel room modes. It is mostly referred to as a ‘bass trap’ or ‘base trap’. This technology is powered by a DSP, triggering a subwoofer to essentially eliminate the energy present in the room. The result is an unbelievably tidy low-frequency response.

Diagram showing the low-frequency response of a sound system within the same room with (left) no active treatment and (right) our active base trap technology turned on. Two effects can be seen: first the frequency response is much more even (top line) and second the reverberation is drastically reduced (decay over time).

One example of such an installation is Richard Kruspe’s recording studio in Berlin. Richard is lead guitarist for the German band Rammstein. Working with him is a great pleasure, as he is very particular about how his studio sounds. Read more about what we did with Richard’s studio in our press release for our base trap technology launch or head over to our friends from mbakustik who wrote a summary on our joint work.

Another example of such an installation is Influx Studios in Bern (Switzerland):

“Rocket Science custom-built four subwoofers that sit in each corner behind our monitors along with their DSP. What’s special about this is Rocket Science has been able to find the room mode and any problems with freestanding waveforms and instead of trapping them, he replaces them. So if, say, we have a problem at 80 Hertz to 110 Hertz, their DSP and subwoofers are told to push at a certain frequency and latency in order to replace the phased frequencies. This allows us to have a complete frequency response that is super flat and gives us extremely accurate mixing or mastering decisions.“

Are you a recording studio or audio equipment manufacturer and are you facing a similar challenge? Get in touch with us and let us help.

Read more about our work in our other case studies.