Korn drummer Ray Luzier (who is featured on the cover of Drum magazine’s October 2016 issue) relocated from Los Angeles to the Nashville area over two years ago to take part in Nashville’s music scene. He converted several rooms in his new house into a recording studio with a control room, and turned to products from Auralex Acoustics to provide the needed acoustical treatment solutions.
“I wanted a live room sound but it also needed to be manageable,” he says. “In the beginning, the acoustics in the recording room were out of control. The snare drum sounded like a cannon. I did what a lot of people do, like putting down carpets. But I also wanted natural light and the windows were another source of reflections.”
Luzier found the solutions he needed with help from the local Auralex representative and a combination of products from Auralex’s wide range of highly specific solutions-based products, including Studiofoam Wedge panels, LENRD Bass Traps, a ProPanael ProCloud, MoPAD monitor isolators, SubDude Subwoofer Acoustic Isolation Platforms, ProMAX absorption panels, and several elements of the freestanding Portable Treatment product line. In addition, Luzier continued to use an Auralex HoverDeck V2, which he also used for the studio recording of the 2016 Korn album The Serenity of Suffering.
“The Auralex treatments calmed the room down considerably, but without losing any of the liveliness I wanted to keep there,” he says. “The wall panels and the bass traps completely smoothed the room out but kept the ambience I like. I have three drum kits all set up and miked all the time and they’re all on HoverDecks. That little bit of separation from the floor makes a huge difference. The drums breathe better on them.”
This kind of sonic control lets Luzier manage a complex career from his home studio, one in which he’s writing music and recording, often emailing Pro Tools sessions back and forth with clients and collaborators, including Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis and with KXM, the side project Luzier plays in with King’s X bassist/vocalist dUg Pinnick, and Lynch Mob/ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch.
“Because of the control Auralex gives me over my room and sound, I know that what I record here is going to sound the way it’s intended to when it leaves here,” he says. “Auralex really made my personal studio sound great.”
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