When Seth Powell, owner and engineer of SoundCheck Republic Recording Studio, enlisted the services of Dominick Campana, owner of Pro Sound Associates, to partner with him on the design of his newly relocated facility, Campana turned to Auralex Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, for the studio’s sound treatment needs.
A range of Auralex products were utilized, both in the construction phase as well as for post-construction wall treatments. To ensure maximum isolation, Auralex’s SheetBlok™ Sound Isolation Barrier, RC-8™ Resilient Channel and U-Boat™ Floor Floaters were installed. Wall treatments include Auralex’s WavePrism™ and QuadraTec™ bamboo diffusors, along with the company’s environmentally friendly four-inch Studiofoam® Metro™ acoustic foam.
As the studio is located on the second floor of a large historic home in a residential area, sound isolation was key for the SoundCheck Republic project. In order to provide a space that was acoustically accurate, the room was completely gutted. The room was then redesigned to ensure the flow and wall configurations were correct. The main isolation component was Auralex’s SheetBlok. Made of a dense, limp-mass vinyl material, SheetBlok is about 6dB more effective than solid lead at stopping the transmission of sound. It acts as a thin, dense sound barrier layer in walls, ceilings or floors and is most effective when used as one component of a multi-layered construction scheme.
“The use of the Auralex SheetBlok made a huge difference in keeping the sound isolated to the studio,” adds Campana. “We pretty much went all out in sealing the room and even created custom inserts for the windows. After installing the SheetBlok, we had a full rock band practice in the studio and it measured 124 DB inside the room and there was absolutely no sound outside. The materials just worked awesome and Seth is very pleased.”
In order to make sure the walls were separated from the actual structure, Auralex’s RC-8™ 24′ x 8′ resilient channels were used. On the floor, Auralex’s U-Boats™ were used to support the framing, and isolate and decouple them from the surrounding structure.
SoundCheck Republic also features Auralex’s WavePrism and QuadraTec diffusors, part of Auralex’s Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series, along with Auralex’s environmentally friendly four-inch StudioFoam Metro throughout the space. The QuadraTec’s unique tiered design provides excellent scattering properties, resulting in a warm, musical character to the dispersed sound. The Auralex WavePrism eliminates flutter echoes and other acoustical anomalies without removing acoustical energy from the space. The differing heights of protrusions of the acoustic Studiofoam Metro products serve to spread sonic energy out in the time domain, as well as each absorbing a slightly different slice of the frequency spectrum
“A predominant feature of the studio is its use of bamboo,” says Campana. “The Auralex bamboo diffusers were the perfect match both aesthetically and acoustically for the project. The use of the diffusers provides the ability to open the space up in a really natural way, resulting in a response associated with much larger rooms.”
Campana was so pleased with the finished product that he plans to use the studio as a showcase, bringing in potential clients to show them studio construction examples and the different uses for the Auralex products and product line.
“Auralex’s ability to provide a wide array of top-of-the-line products that are easy to install make them the obvious choice for me,” adds Campana. “From bass traps and corner traps to regular metro foam and the different types of diffusers, they provide all sorts of options that all can make a bad space sound great. In addition, Auralex’s customer service is consistently excellent and in Charlie Eaton, we have a very good rep in upstate New York.”
SoundCheck Republic’s state-of-the-art facility comes equipped with all of the latest equipment and has been used by such recording artists as Graham Parker, The Figgs and The Charlie Watts Riots.