ASC Tube Traps/ And acoustics in general Nov 21, 2023 2:03:58 GMT -6 kcatthedog, mike, and 4 more like this
Post by OtisGreying on Nov 21, 2023 2:03:58 GMT -6
Let me just preface this by saying I don't have much experience in great sounding recording rooms or mixing environments, if you have, you may find this thread a boring read.
This journey has brought me to the conclusion that if I were to do everything over again I would prioritize acoustics.
I bought 8 for tracking, and I put them in my home bedroom studio yesterday. 4 behind the vocal tracking position facing the microphone 2 behind the mic and 2 where they could fit elsewhere in the room (which is fairly small and very crowded). I've got 8 3-4 inch DIY rockwool absorption panels on the walls in this room prior but thats it for treatment. I've built my own tubetraps but they are not nearly as space friendly as they are much thicker, dont have stands so they are harder to fit in the room and fall over quite easily - they also dont have the treble diffusion which has been huge for my vocal recording I'm finding.
Anyway the results have been very surprising to see just how much they altered the sound of my Flea 47, it really feels like having a completely different microphone. I'm not a very experienced engineer but I can hear just how much quality from my mic I was missing before the traps were inside. I have a heiserman 47T too, which if my flea had sounded like it does now, I would have never bought. I still love the Hesierman 47T and will keep it but its made that much of a difference for me to where I finally hear what I've wanted to hear from my mic and now I couldn't be happier.
All in all the vocal sounds so much tighter, focused, less smeary in the high end, less smeary in the low end, less sibilant/harsh, yet cuts through the mix better. So its gotten me a vocal sound that is unachievable by any other means IME. A 40,000$ u67 just will not get you there. Only acoustics will get you that great vocal sound (assuming you're already working with a good mic). Which of course I didn't know, I thought 8 3-4 inch panels would be decent enough and since I didn't hear any flutter echo in my vocals I thought "the room is probably fine, the problem is I just dont know what magic pixie dust milkshake Manny Marroquin is drinking in the morning to get his vocal sounding perfect with only 2 plug-ins, but one day I'll know!" Or when I had a hunch the vocal could be clearer in the high-end yet it sounded too bright already? "It must be the Flea, okay I'll buy a heiserman." No. Wrong. How to mix vocals? Acoustics. Best plug-in for vocals? Owens Corning, Acoustics.
Anyway I'm happy to have them and will be purchasing 6 more to have 14 total for a very capable mobile tracking situation. ASC tube traps just happened to be the right fit for me, I don't doubt DIY's are great I have made my own that I will be using for my future mixing environment but for tracking I really enjoy these cause theyre super durable, look nice and with the treble diffusion side I don't get too dead of a sound. I had some money to spend and the build quality/treble diffusion/look-aesthetic of the ASC's appealed to me so I took the dive. I recommend them. And I recommend anyone looking into any piece of gear right now (if they're like me and are still chasing that sound in their head) to give a second glance to their recording environment and see if there's improvement to be had there first because the difference I'm hearing now is actually worth the money.