Top producer Taz Arnold, who has worked with such high profile acts as Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Iggy Pop, has installed a number of Auralex Studiofoam Pyramids and Wedges on the walls of his new LA studio.
As well as the Pyramids and Wedges, Arnold has also installed several WaveLens – part of the Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusors – on the ceiling above the mix position and a number of LERND Bass traps in the corners of the acoustically challenging environment.
“Auralex really changed both the sound and look of my studio,” said Arnold. “The delay was so bad it was hard to have a conversation in there because there was too much echo. There is a remarkable difference in sound and a remarkable difference in looks. Auralex played a major role in the design of my studio.”
In addition to their acoustical properties, Auralex’s products serve as the primary design element of Arnold’s studio. “The overall design idea we came up with is an American Indian concept,” said Clark Walter of Astro Audio Visual Lighting, in Glendale, CA, who designed the space. “Since Taz is not only a producer but also an artist and a clothing designer, the studio was inspired by the designs he sells in his store. Since Auralex has such a wide range of acoustical foam options in terms of cut and colour, we were able to install them side by side in different configurations in a way that created a unique design, but also solved all the previous acoustical problems.”
The company’s Studiofoam Pyramid panels and Wedges are designed to kill standing waves and flutter where optimum audio clarity and acoustic absorption are required, while the LENRD Bass Traps control the low-frequency resonance bumps in rooms.
Auralex’s Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusors are designed to improve the overall sonic ‘warmth’ of the space, whilst also providing a green alternative to traditional hardwood. Furthermore, they also keep sound waves from grouping by scattering the sound more evenly throughout a room.