Interior Construction magazine

The Many Voices of NRC

—Arthur M. Noxon, PE

Originally appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of Interior Construction.

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ASC TubeTraps

—Bryan Southard

Originally published in August, 2001

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ASC Tube Traps - Creating A Listening Studio

—Ann Turner

Originally published in the abso!ute sound Issue 112, 1998

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The ABCs of ASC's Tube Traps

—Jon T. Gale, August 1998

Originally published in Audiophilia Online Magazine, 1998

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An Incredible New Sound for Engineers

—Daniel Sweeney, November 1997

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Tour de Germany

—Marcel Schaal, 1997

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AES Papers

Technical papers by Arthur M. Noxon, PE, presented at various AES Conventions.

These are the first two articles written by Art about room acoustics and corner bass traps. The first paper introduces the TubeTrap, shows how it is designed and how it is used in rooms. The second paper takes a look at how room modes are managed by corner bass traps.

Listening Room - Corner Loaded Bass Trap

Presented at the 79th AES Convention, October 1985

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Room Acoustics and Low Frequency Damping

Presented at the 81st AES Convention, November 1986

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These next two papers were written in response to the difficulty in accounting for the satisfaction from TubeTrap use when doing traditional, steady state room mode analysis, pink noise and tone sweep evaluation of room acoustics. Articulation accounted for the dynamic aspects of room acoustics. The first paper covers the details of MTF testing and the second paper looks at MTF as a global concept in performance spaces.

Articulation and the Small Room

Presented at the 85th AES Convention, November 1988

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Articulation-Prerequsite to Performance

Presented at the 87th AES Convention in NY, October 1989

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The next two papers are about acoustic spaces for recording. TubeTraps led recording engineers to discover that lots of very early reflections produce a better, more manageable sound than the traditional, reflection-free, dry studio recording. The first paper introduces the concept of a sampling room, highly reflective with a fast RT60. The second paper introduces the free standing QSF version of Haas Saturated recording approaches the same subject from a generalized overview.

Controlled Reflection Isolation Booth

Presented at the 83rd AES Convention, October 1987

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Sound Fusion and the Acoustic Presence Effect

Presented at the 89th AES Convention, September 1990

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This last AES paper by Mr. Noxon addresses the hot field of acoustic diffusion. It introduces the concept of coherent and incoherent diffusion, how to measure it and what each type is good and not good for.

Correlation Detection of Early Reflections 

A discussion of various forms of diffusion and their effects on the listener.

Presented at the 11th AES International Convention, May 1992

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This AES paper presents the results of a successful collaboration between Arthur, the authors who are audio engineers from Croatian Television and our Italian TubeTrap factory, Acoustica Applicata.

Room Acoustics For Eurovision 1990

With the addition of TubeTraps a large music hall with a long reverb time was successfully converted to a television production stage.

—Ivan and Silvije Stamać

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From the President's Desk

Articles by Arthur M. Noxon, PE.

Home Theater Acoustics

A five-part article in Home Theater magazine, October 1993 - February 1994

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► Volume 2 | PDF version - Common Home Theater Acoustic problems.
► Volume 3 | PDF version - How Resonant Modes Create Sound Cancellation.
► Volume 4 | PDF version - Speaker Positioning For Maximum Sound.
► Volume 5 | PDF version - Flutter Echo/Flutter Tones In the Home Theater.

Modes, Modes and More Modes 

A detailed discussion concerning home theater acoustic priciples originally published in the October '05 edition of Home Theater Builder Magazine. Written by Arthur Noxon, PE, Licensed Acoustic Engineer

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History of Sound Fusion Recording

We're proud to announce that the June 2007 issue of EQ Magazine features an article by Mr. Noxon covering the history and development of our Quick Sound Field system.

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Announcing a Cure for Reflectophobia 

ASC President and Founder Arthur Noxon takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how modern recording engineers can no longer rely solely on the FX rack to get their music to be completely full of acoustical life. Originally published in Audio Media Magazine, October, 2003.

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Room Acoustics: Audio's Final Frontier

A roundtable discussion on room acoustics, equalization, and DSP-based room correction originally published in The Absolute Sound, October/November, 2004.

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The Chain Is As Strong As Its Weakest Link

An article written for the first Hong Kong Hi-Fi Show, 1993

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Trapping Bass In Your Project Studio

Art Noxon spills all his secrets in this detailed examination of the physics behind bass trapping in the studio.

Written for db Magazine, November 1991

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The Wall in the Desert

From a lecture given at the Hi-End Audio Show in Milano, Italy, 1993

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Product Reviews

ASC Product reviews in various print and online magazines.

TubeTrap Review by John Acton

—John Acton

John reviews TubeTraps for Positive Feedback Online.

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Optimizing ASC Tube Traps

—J. Peter Moncrieff

Originally published in IAR Hotline! Issue 56, 1989

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Your Room: The Final Link

—J. Peter Moncrieff

Originally published in IAR Hotline! Issue 39, 1985

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Room Acoustics - The Final Frontier

Roger S. Gordon

Positive Feedback Online

Mr. Gordon recounts his experiences in setting up TubeTraps for increased imaging and a wider, deeper, more clearly delineated soundstage.

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SubTrap Review by Ed Mullen

Published in Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity, 2005

—Ed Mullen

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Raise It to Get Down

SubTrap Review in Home Theater Magazine, 2005

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Music In the Round

—Kalman Rubinson

SubTrap Review in Stereophile Magazine

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Beyond the Thunderdome

TubeTrap Review in Sound and Communications Magazine, 1991

—Daniel Sweeney

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ASC StudioTrap Review

Performing Songwriter, January 2004. Mitch Malloy demonstrates the power of the Quick Sound Field, a pattern of TubeTraps for recording incredibly life-like sound.

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StudioTrap Follow Up Report

Performing Songwriter, May 2004. A few months after Mich Malloy's review, Fett reports on his experience with the Quick Sound Field.

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Peter Moncrieff's IAR Reference Rooms

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The Trappings of Success? 

A review of ASC's StudioTrap.

From the original Sound on Sound review from February 1999

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ASC 5.1 AttackWall

Create The Right Sonic Environment - And Take It With You

—Bobby Owsinski

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Acoustic Sciences Corporation Studio Traps

Stereophile Magazine , December 1998

—Jonathan Scull

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Attack Wall Acoustic Treatment

Audio Media , November 1998

—Michael Cooper

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Treat Yourself

Home Theater, February 1998

—Brent Butterworth

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California Brisson and the Soundroom of Doom

Stereophile Magazine, May 1997

—Wes Philips

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Equipment Reports: ASC Tube Traps

Stereophile Magazine, April 1986

—J. Gordon Holt

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Church Articles

Articles written by ASC Staff for various magazines.

Church Acoustics - Unnoticed Means a Successful Job

—Arthur M. Noxon, PE

Originally featured in Church & Worship Technology, March, 2008

Usually, working with churches is pretty hard. But one day I got the dream call. It went something like this: Hi. We had some vandals start a fire and our church was smoke damaged. It was covered by insurance and the entire inside of the church needs to be removed and resurfaced. We figure we can use this money to do the acoustic job we always needed, and still get the painting done. So what do we do?

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Auditorium Acoustics

—Arthur M. Noxon, PE

A four-part article originally featured in Church & Worship Technology, 2002

The traditional church is half auditorium and half recital hall in design. It needs to clearly present speech and yet a few minutes later in the service it needs to support engaging congregation singing. A new style of church service has evolved. The emphasis is on understanding the sermon and less on congregational singing, it is the church auditorium. Here as a study series to better understand the design strategies behind church acoustics.

Auditorium Acoustics 101: The Quieter, the Better

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Auditorium Acoustics 102: Reflections Make All the Difference

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Auditorium Acoustics 103: Speakers Make Sound, Acoustics Clean It Up

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Auditorium Acoustics 104

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The Art of Church Acoustics

—Tim Bott

Originally featured in Church & Worship Technology, March, 2004

Faced with fire and smoke damage, the New Life Center in Springfield, Oregon approached ASC President Art Noxon and gave him a blank canvas to design an ideal acoustic space. The result is a beautiful looking - and sounding - sanctuary that provides acoustic zones for the praise band, choir, speaker cluster, mixing board, and congregation. Read about a great example of how ASC works with our clients to provide balanced acoustic solutions, custom-designed for the specific needs of the space.

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Cry Room Acoustics

A traditional cry space is common in many churches, but how often are they used? Art Noxon discusses the different ways to build a cry facility for children and families that can solve all of the necessary noise issues but still allow full participation in the worship community of the church.

—Arthur M. Noxon, PE

Originally featured in Church & Worship Technology, October, 2001.

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BIG Church Acoustics

—Tim Bott.

Originally featured in Church & Worship Technology, April, 2004

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Voicing The Church

—Arthur M. Noxon, PE.

Anyone can run calculations and toss acoustics into a church Santcuary. However, voicing a church is a skilled art. The church wants to be bright yet clear sounding. This means we add as little acoustic material as possible and carefully position it so as to best control only the problem reflections.

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