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RealTraps is growing quickly. Less than two years after shipping our first bass trap, we grew to six full-time plus four part-time employees. Below are some current photos of our crew and manufacturing facility we hope you'll enjoy. We also recently expanded our factory to twice the previous space.
design elements by Carol Chapman.
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Doug (left) and Ethan with their first set of wood panel bass traps.
RealTraps was founded by Ethan Winer and Doug Ferrara, who have been friends for more than thirty years. Ethan is well known throughout the audio industry for his magazine articles in Electronic Musician, Mix, PC Magazine, EQ, Keyboard, Recording, Audio Media, Strings, The Strad, R-e/p, and others. Ethan has produced many classical music CDs for Music Minus One, including a recording of his own cello concerto. He has also written, produced, and recorded music for clients that include Blue Cross, Pitney-Bowes, Stanley Tools, Aetna Life and Casualty, and the Connecticut Lottery. Over the years, Ethan has arguably done more than anyone else to promote the importance of acoustic treatment. If you're reading this, chances are good you arrived here due to Ethan's hard work evangelizing about small-room acoustics.
Doug is an audio engineer who in the 1960s played bass with The Fifth Estate, the "one hit wonder" known for its pop music cover of Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead. An accomplished musician and arranger, he has owned a professional recording studio for many years where he produces CDs for both local and nationally known musicians. Besides audio and recording, Doug 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.
In 1994 Doug spent $2500 (1994 dollars) to treat his control room with a popular brand of acoustic products. Unfortunately, they helped very little - even after all that expense, the response still varied wildly throughout the room, making it difficult to mix and judge the balance of bass instruments. An avid consumerist, Ethan became annoyed as he watched light-weight foam treatment become popular and sell for outrageous prices - especially since most of these products are ineffective at low frequencies. When Doug finally decided to build some real bass traps for his studio in the summer of 2002, these two good friends got together and designed a better bass trap. A portable bass trap that doesn't kill all the mids and highs like foam and plain fiberglass. A real bass trap that actually works well at bass frequencies. And the rest, as they say, is history.
In January 2017 Ethan and Doug sold the business to longtime employee Sean Kollar, below. Sean has been with RealTraps since its beginning in 2003, though Ethan is still involved helping customers with pre-sales questions and technical advice. So please rest assured that RealTraps hasn't changed at all, and our products and advice are still the best in the business!
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