I listened I was absolutely amazed to hear, and in my mind's
eye, to see, microphone positions in the stereo panorama that
I hadn't seen in decades - I had maybe never heard these mixes
as well as with the ATTACK Wall. I was absolutely knocked
out, just floored. I ordered an ATTACK Wall right there, and
it's been a part of my studio world ever since."
-- Bruce Swedien,
five-time Grammy award winning engineer
Used for recording, this configuration
will bring you the control room acoustics of a world class studio.
The ATTACK WALL produces a reliable, repeatable and accurate
space in which to track, mix, and master, regardless of the
room in which it is located. Studio Traps tuned with the absorptive
side towards the engineer and placed on either side of the monitors,
act as a soffit-loaded dead front end. The WALL is absorptive down
to 110 Hz but loads the low bass then vents around its bottom and
top edges to eliminate the vertical bounce.
The Attack Wall was designed by Sam
Lynn Halonen, a recording engineer with a passion for
the unique acoustic properties of the ASC TubeTrap.
simplfied the process to show you three basic layouts for small,
medium and large rooms.
A small room, sized 10' x 12' is perfect for a basic
project studio. This uses 16 StudioTraps and two 11" MonitorStands.
There is no mixing board because all sliders and adjustments are
computer based. It's just you and the music, along with a keyboard,
mouse and LCD.
medium size room of 15' x 20' is a typical professional studio setup,
with a good sized mixing board. This setup uses 27 StudioTraps and
two 13" MonitorStands.
room of 20' x 30' or larger would fit the largest example presented
here. This is the high end professional world class recording studio
with a very large mixing board plus other side racks. This setup
uses 37 StudioTraps, two 20" MonitorStands and two 20"
TubeTraps for the center position.
Regardless of size, each of these setups will give
the same unique ATTACK Wall sound. The size is determined by the
size of mixing board and to some degree, the monitors. The larger
your mixing board is, the larger your ATTACK Wall will need to be.
StudioTraps to the outside of the monitors
also serve to control side wall reflections by casting an acoustical
shadow on the side wall. This mid field ATTACK Wall develops the
punch of far field mains with the detailed accuracy of near field
are set up behind the engineer to provide diffusion and isolation
off the back wall. The reflectors are oriented towards the console
in deep studios, or towards the wall in shallow studios. This package
can create the LEDE type studio and is suitable to any monitoring
system from dual 15's to a single 6. The wrap around Attack Wall
delivers the kind of mix that will stand up anywhere.
The Attack Wall is being used today by the biggest
names in the industry. Pictured here is Mark
Hoppus in studio with his white Attack Wall. Even though
Blink 182 is no longer active, Mark continues to use a huge assortment
of ASC studio acoustics.
seminar presented by ASC president Arthur Noxon, detailing the advantages
of the ATTACK Wall in mixing, micing and recording in a professional
studio environment. The text of the seminar is available here, complete
with photos, descriptions and diagrams.
all these years, ASC has finally come up with a nifty nylon carrying
bag for our famous StudioTrap. For folks with the Quick Sound Field
setup or anyone with StudioTraps, this bag makes portability a snap.
It's also a great way to store your Traps and keep dust and dirt
It's a slip cover with a convenient
carry handle, placed to perfectly balance the StudioTrap when lifted
into a horizontal position. We used durable 240 oz. black coated
cordura nylon fabric and super tough nylon webbing for the handles.
Plus it comes with a drawstring at the base to keep the cover from
slipping off during transport.
If you do a lot of travel
and don't want to leave your StudioTraps at home, consider picking
up some travel bags, bargain priced at $39 per bag. Made in the
Do you have a unique situation
that requires a custom touch? ASC can help. We often adapt the proven
principles within our products to fit a special need. Pictured to
the right is a "desktop ATTACK Wall". We linked together
4 Half Round TubeTraps with a top and bottom plate so that they
were more stable and looked better. It takes three of these panel
sets to make the QSF sound. One dead ahead and the other two flanking
the sides. Remember, reflector is toward the mike to get that high
intelligibility kind of sound at the mic.