Is the Radiator a true diffuser?
Yes and no. It is a diffuser in that it will break up sound energy, but it is not a diffuser in terms of being a mathematically calculated device that will break up frequencies in a fully random fashion like the Razorblade Quadratic Diffuser. It is however extremely effective and much more affordable.
How does the Radiator compare to the Auralex Space Array?
Both devices will perform alike. The main difference between the two is that the Radiator comes with mounting hardware to gang several together, and keyholes for surface mounting while the Auralex product leaves the hardware and mounting up to the installer.
How does using the Radiator in the ceiling T-bar make a room sound bigger?
When you introduce bass into a small room, if it has no place to go, it compresses. This is a common trait to small room acoustics and why bass traps are so important. Placing some Radiator diffusers into the ceiling T-bar allows sound energy to escape into the plenum and dissipate. This results in a more natural sounding room.
Can you use Radiators instead of absorptive acoustic panels to control acoustics?
Yes, but most recording studios tend to use a mix of absorbers and diffusers in their rooms. Absorbers like Broadway panels eliminate reflections and provide even absorption down into the 200Hz region while diffusers retain more high frequencies which results in a greater sense of space.
Does the Radiator require a fire safety test?
No, not under normal circumstances as these are made from wood and wood is a generally accepted building material. If you plan to use Radiators in the plenum of a commercial high-rise, it is always a good idea to check with the local building inspectors to ensure that this does not contravene any of the building codes.
Where is the best place to put Radiators?
This depends of the situation. Most studios tend to build their rooms employ what is known as a LEDE or live-end, dead-end room design were the source end of the room tends to be more absorptive while the receive end of the room is treated with a combination of absorbers and diffusers. If you prefer mixing in a ‘live’ room, then diffusers can be used in place of absorbers.
Most clouds are made from absorptive panels, how does using the Radiator compare?
Most engineers prefer to use devices like the Stratus and Nimbus for the ceiling cloud as it tightens up the ‘sweet spot’ where most of the mixing occurs. The air space above the cloud also tends to absorb bass. But for some, they prefer the feel and sound of a livelier room and you certainly cannot argue with the benefits of using lighting through an array of Radiators to create dramatic visual effects.