Henry Lee Summer
Auralex Acoustics, Inc. recently provided acoustical consulting services and acoustical products for Henry Lee Summer’s personal studio. Henry Lee Summer is a pop music icon from the ’80’s. He released four albums on EPIC/CBS Records and scored big with two top twenty hits; Wish I Had a Girl and Hey Baby. As is a growing trend, his common work method is to record, perform, mix and rehearse in the same room. Henry utilizes Soundcraft TS12 and Mackie D8B consoles, multiple recording formats (2” tape, hard drive and Tascam DA-88), great microphones (Neumann, AKG, etc.) and top of the line mic-preamps and compressors (API, Tube-Tech, Focusrite, etc.). The main room has a cathedral ceiling, carpet with pad, and the dimensions are 27’x19’x14′ (peak). There is an adjoining ”piano” room with the same profile but is 13′ in length and has hardwood floors.
Some of the acoustical concerns Auralex addressed were:
1) Severe low frequency problems to the point that in rehearsal situations, certain notes below 100 Hz would essentially cancel.
2) Dramatic flutter echo leading to a very harsh response in the high frequencies.
3) Design treatments for the multiple functions of the room.