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James Lindenschmidt, General Manager of RealTraps, here with the April newsletter. After a long winter we are finally seeing signs of spring! When we aren't working on music, audio, or helping people improve the sound of their rooms, several of us at RealTraps enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, or just hanging with friends around a fire. So this is a welcome change.


After an unprecedented delay, I'm happy to say that our gray frames for some of our traps are back in stock. So if you have been waiting for your gray order to ship, it should be in transit by the time you read this. Thanks to everyone who was waiting (longer than we'd like) for your patience!

TECH TIP: First reflection panels in an asymmetrical room

One of the most challenging scenarios is when the loudspeakers and listening position are not placed symmetrically inside a room. This occurs in two ways: One is when a listening room or a home theater is part of a large great room. Another is a home studio or stereo set up in a bedroom where space is needed for a bed or other furniture.

Normally we suggest putting absorptive panels (our RFZ Panels are perfect) mounted symmetrically on the side walls at each reflection point. But if one wall is much further away, a better solution is to use the same type of panel on both sides, but with one mounted on a stand the same distance as the nearer wall. Placing the panels symmetrically "forces" symmetry even when one wall is farther away. Further, in recording situations, having a panel or two on a stand is very useful since it lets the panels multitask. You can arrange them around the performer or microphone while recording, then put them at reflection points while listening or mixing.


This month's customer testimonial comes from Jeff Grimm in Easton, PA. Jeff invested in a Mondo Room Kit a few months ago, and had the following to say:

"I just finished mixing my disc, and I can't begin to praise the traps enough. These traps are the best thing anyone can do for their audio for any amount of money. I can't wait to keep adding more.

I also tracked a song that will be on the next disc, and having such listening accuracy in the control room now made mic placement and guitar amp tonal adjustments a breeze. The MiniTraps and MicroTraps I added to the tracking room made an instant impact with the drum sounds, and just propping up a MicroTrap a few feet in front of my guitar cabinet gave me a great focused and natural guitar sound. I tracked the whole song in about two hours. Mixing it took about 45 minutes, though I haven't done the vocals yet.

The traps are priceless and will cut out so much mixing time once you hit that stage because they allow you to track so well. Best investment for my studio, by far, ever."

See you next month!

James Lindenschmidt
General Manager, RealTraps

RealTraps is owned by Ethan Winer and Doug Ferrara. James Lindenschmidt, General Manager, handles the day-to-day operations outside of the factory. Ethan is known throughout the audio industry for his many technical articles in audio and computer magazines, and he has engineered and produced several classical music CDs, including a recording of his own cello concerto. Doug is a professional musician and recording engineer who holds an advanced degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic, and is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Previously he was a systems engineer for Motorola. James has been listening to, playing, and recording music since he was a child, for nearly 30 years. His degree is in philosophy.

General product information:
Contact by email: Jim Lindenschmidt
By phone: toll-free 866-RealTraps (866-732-5872, local 860-210-1870)

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