The probably best known and most successful german band in the field of electronic dance music, Scooter, relies on HOFA when it comes to room acoustics!
The trio consisting of front singer H.P. Baxxter, DJ Michael Simon and producer Sebastian Schilde is using a total of over 60 HOFA acoustic modules in their music studio for a perfectly balanced sound – including basstraps, absorbers and diffusers.
Scooter member Sebastian Schilde about HOFA-Akustik:
“The look and the functionality are absolutely fantastic!
The quality of HOFA acoustic modules is reflected 1:1 in the studio!!
I am more than satisfied with HOFA-Akustik!”
An additional live room will soon be equipped exclusively with HOFA acoustic modules.
To be continued …
“Before I moved to a different location, I worked in a small, square 16 m² room. HOFA-Akustik measured and planned the new studio, which lead to a great result! I really like the employees, they’re always there to help. The most important thing is that HOFA works with a sheltered workshop (Lebenshilfe Bruchsal). This should definitely be supported.”
I have fulfilled a dream I had for years and built my first real studio in cooperation with HOFA-Akustik. Together we designed the studio, planned its acoustics and then finally realized and built it.
I’m super happy with the result and now I’m back in the studio full of energy and working on new music. Many thanks to HOFA for the great cooperation!
Mausio, DJ and music producer
Sara R., psychologist - HOFA Acoustic Curtain ISO 7
‘I purchased the 7 layered acoustic isolating curtain and I am very happy I did. It’s purpose was to minimise sound of voices from leaking through a glass door with large spaces between the door and its frame. As a psychologist I need to provide privacy for my patients and make sure the outside world can’t overhear everything they say. This curtain does that tremendously well! Without it you can follow the conversation as if you are within the same room. With the curtain drawn, you hear murmurs but can’t make out any words. As a bonus, the colours fit perfectly with the inside as well as the outside colour schemes.’
Sara R., psychologist
“Perfect support from measurement to installation. Fast, competent and friendly employees. Inspiring studio atmosphere through the integration of acoustic pictures. Outstanding sound.
Thank you HOFA. You will always be my first choice 👍”
Armin Pertl – Producer of Nicole, Roberto Blanco, Ireen Sheer, Andy Borg, Bernhard Brink, …
Nils Frahm, Berlin
“I ignored the acoustic optimization of my studio room for the longest time. I think everyone agrees, that it’s much more tempting to spend a couple thousand Euros on a new microphone or a nice tube preamp. This seems more like a tangible equivalent.
That’s exactly what I did and so I had ugly pyramid acoustic foam panels in my studio, which did attenuate the high frequencies but also made my room sound very unbalanced. I got used to that and ended up boosting the high frequencies in all my tracks…
One day I decided to repaint my room and I hated the thought of removing and reinstalling the foam panels.
I started looking for a high-quality acoustic solution and finally stumbled upon HOFA. A small company that offers high-quality acoustic modules at an affordable price. All employees were extremely friendly and patient and helped me to find the perfect combination of modules.
You will certainly not find diffusors that offer a better value for the money. The modules are flawlessly crafted and look beautiful. A combination of diffusors, Basotect absorbers and bass traps can “save” every room.
I installed the modules and I was speechless. The difference was impressive. All audible flutter echoes disappeared and the room sounds “tight” but open and natural at the same time. I feel much more comfortable in my beautiful studio now.
I think that’s where the real difference lies. Make yourselves comfortable and never forget that the eyes are part of the mixing process as well. :-)”
Alex Wende, Produzent/Studioleitung Hansa Tonstudios Berlin
The famous Hansa Studios in Berlin searched for a long time before they found the optimal acoustic solution with the HOFA-Akustik modules. HOFA-Akustik is very pleased to be represented in these legendary rooms.
“At Hansa Studios we care for the highest quality possible when it comes to equipment. The HOFA-Akustik modules are just that.”
“The Musikverein Lohnsburg has more than 80 musicians. For the last 3 years we’ve rehearsed in our new room. When we planned the rehearsal room, we got in touch with HOFA-Akustik, which was definitely the right decision! Everything was very professional: the acoustic measurement on the construction site, the installation of the modules and the measurement afterwards. Since the room is pretty big, there’s quite some space between the musicians. Thanks to the HOFA-Akustik modules that’s not a problem at all, since the hearing impression is really good. The sound is transparent, not muddy at all, but rather brilliant. The same applies when smaller ensembles practice.
It’s a great advantage that the modules can be changed at any time. All in all, it was a great decision to use HOFA-Akustik modules!”
Kons. Gottfried Reisegger Conductor MV Lohnsburg
“I have bought a whole acoustic kit back in 2010 when I got into mixing and mastering. Eight years later it remains the best investment I have ever made. When I moved to a different place two years ago, I could simply move all elements into my new studio and I immediately felt at home. These acoustic elements are great because they are sonically very efficient, they are removable and they are built to last! Oh, they also look very good by the way!”
“Since I’m a saxophone player, I needed a rehearsal room that sounds as natural as possible, but still dry enough to record music. Daniel Burger from HOFA-Akustik explained the effect of the acoustic elements to me, helped me out with a 3D model of my room and managed to get the reverberation of the room down to 0,3 seconds.
The clear acoustics make it possible to work really accurate on my saxophone-sound, which is the most important thing for a musician.
I really like HOFA’s company philosophy and the value for money and I can definitely recommend the HOFA acoustic modules.”
Stefan Weinzierl (© Kulturmanagement Hamburg)
„As a classical percussionist, I need a studio room which sounds as natural as possible. That‘s the only way to show the different tonal colors and timbres of my marimba, vibraphone, timpani and other percussion instruments. And of course I want to have a balanced sound while preparing for my concerts – so I charged HOFA with the measurement of my room. The measurements looked ambitious, so I ordered and installed Basstraps, Diffusors and a Curtain with some scepticism. What can I say? The sound exceeds all expectations, my instruments sound marvellous! The clear acoustics allow me to work with the finest nuances and you can hear that on the recordings. I‘m really happy and I can definetely recommend HOFA.“
Stefan Weinzierl, drummer and multi-percussionist
“I primarily produce and mix electronic music in my studio and also hold workshops about music production. When I moved to a new room this year, good acoustics were really important to me. Since the issue is really big and complex, I decided to look for help.
I found HOFA, and after sending some mails and important data about my room to them I quickly received a 3D-room-plan of my studio and I was able to start with the buildout directly.
The delivery of the modules was really fast! The support service was always available – no matter if via mail or phone. I’m really happy with the result.
If I need help with acoustics again, I’ll definetely ask HOFA.”
“As DJ, singer, songwriter and producer I’m working on the perfect sound everyday. The acoustics of a room plays a major role in the process. After the reconstruction of my studio I asked HOFA to equip my room with several acoustic modules. The result is remarkable, the sound is more balanced and undistorted. The delivery and assembling of the modules was quick and reliable and both the sound and the look of my new “soundcave” in black & cream inspire me once more everyday.”
Städtische Musik- und Kunstschule Östringen
“Regarding the acoustics, the classrooms in our music school were in a very critical state. Several students and teachers complained about the long reverberation time. Subsequently we consulted HOFA-Akustik. They made acoustics measurements and planings and sent us a comprehensive report with an intelligent approach. We implemented the suggested HOFA absorbers in order to improve the acoustics. The feedback from our students and teachers were highly positive. The impact of the absorbers impressed us. The staff of HOFA-Akustik always gave us capable advice and support. Therefore we continued the collaboration and assigned further steps to improve the acoustics.”
School for Music and Art in Östringen
“I’m a synthesizer sound designer and film score composer. The HOFA acoustic modules do exactly what they promise. It’s really important for me that I can judge my sound exactly. The Absorbers and Basstraps definitely convinced me. Thanks a lot!”
Tom Dams (Studio Forstmehren)
“Each step of construction – from selecting the right materials to choosing the best means of execution – was then carried out according to strict acoustically designed specifications. At the same time, the finished studio rooms should also offer maximum acoustic variability – for the different acoustic requirements of different productions. Thus, acoustic construction was finalized in partnership with HOFA-Akustik, as their acoustic systems allow for utmost flexible room acoustics.
Within very short time, the two largest rooms can be transformed from ‘bone dry’ (about 0,7 sec reverberation time) into ‘Great Pyramid of Giza’ (about 6 sec reverberation time). Sound sources still remain as life-like and unadulterated as possible within the room – be it for recording, mixing or mastering.”
Dominik Bauer & Marcus Theinert (jaM’in – studio)
“The HOFA team was involved in the planning of our studio acoustics right from the start of the construction phase. They created a detailed acoustic concept and gave us many useful advices how to build up our studio and the team was always reachable for us. Thanks for that!
We chose the HOFA acoustic modules because we are very flexible with them. So we can change the acoustics just as we need or want it. Great system! Furthermore the cost-benefit ratio is very good.
Thank you for your great job!”
jaM’in – studio
Dominik Bauer & Marcus Theinert
“With Hofa products I found great combination of profesional acoustic quality and really nice look and design, which is also important. And thats all for fair price!”
Tomas Kaspar – Kobdzey studio
“Dear HOFA-Akustik Team,
thanks very very much for the great consultation on the phone and the helpful tips in advance. Everything went well and you can descript the excess profit on the room acoustic but to feel it everyday, it’s just an enjoyment.
Watching and hearing concerts is my passion and it happend to create, under this aggravating circumstances of an almost square room with a high reverberation time, with these modules and basstraps an precise Sound in the middle/high and especially in the Low-End.
The result is truly amazing!
Keep it up!”
“I chose HOFA because of the excellent and noncommital consulting service in the planning phase. My studio is in a rental property, so I wanted to keep the acoustic arrangements mobile. Even if I have to move, I have financial planning reliability with the HOFA modules. […]
The positive effect for me after the room correction with the HOFA modules is clearly the working at a low sound level. I can work longer without tiring my hearing.
A first mix in the new rooms clearly showed after a check on various speakers that investing in HOFA modules was the right thing to do!”
“I am Oliver Pinelli, music producer – actually from Berlin, but I have been living in the Salzkammergut in beautiful Austria for five years.
For the last three years I have been running a small studio in the basement of our old apartment.
Now we have moved into a bigger apartment and I have made contact with the company HOFA. I already knew about HOFA from their acoustic modules and plugins.
The whole cooperation with the team that came here and installed everything for me was great. I am thrilled and looking forward to my productions.
Many thanks to HOFA and all the best for the future.”
(Enrique Iglesias, Paul van Dyk, Unheilig, In Extremo, Christina Stürmer, Cassandra Steen, Enrique Iglesias, Yvonne Catterfeld, Rosenstolz)
Hallwang (Österreich) Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum
“The cooperationship in this project was professional and technically perfect. I am grateful to the HOFA company, especially Jonas Schira. He had always lent an ear on this project and did everything in due time. Furthermore the logistics made a great job.” (Erik Bilic)
Hallwang (Österreich) Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum
Musikhaus Thomann - Amphitheater
“We wanted to combine design and acoustics and also present a product with optimum value for money to our customers and partners. In the end we went for HOFA and are absolutely content.
We also treasure the corporate philosophy of HOFA and the close and trouble-free collaboration.”
Fredrik Andersson, Drummer, Amon Amarth, Norway
“I am the drummer in the Swedish metal band Amon Amarth, and lately I have experienced problems with too much low-end in live situations. When looking for different solutions I found out about the HOFA Basstraps. I put one Baby Basstrap next to my Drumset which I also use as a stand for different equipment, I also put a couple of Baby Basstraps underneath my drum riser too to prevent low-end to build up where I sit.
The Basstraps work very well!”
Jochen Sachse, Regie B, HOFA-Studios, Karlsdorf
The mouse was to blame.
For four years I was reasonably happy with a hybrid acoustic setup consisting of a suspended ceiling with multiple layers of Basotect and about 30 HOFA-acoustic modules. Then a little mouse died somewhere in the ceiling, untraceable between the layers of Basotect. Anyone who does not know how that smells can be considered lucky.
As I was only “reasonably” satisfied with the setting in Controlroom B, I decided to redesign the acoustic setup in order to be much more flexible. This is due to the fact, that I prefer recording in the Controlroom and use our recording rooms only for the big stuff like drums or bigbands.
So, why preach wine and drink water?
About 35 frames, 50 absorbers, 20 diffusors and 16 basstraps later, my “acoustic world” was as right as rain. Finally I had what I wanted: a perfekt link of midrange and high end via well dosed high mid frequencies.
For mixing I use the same setup as for vocal recordings. When recording guitars or percussion I simply replace 5 or 6 absorbers with diffusors. So I get euphonic recordings with the right ambience and scarcely use EQ or FX.
A few words of advice:
- Horizontally installed frames are more practical, because modules can be changed seperately. With vertically installed frames you always have to remove the module on top first.
- Horizontally installed frames offer more useful “shelf-space”.
- When your place your bits and pieces like adapters, tools or picks on those “shelves” they are always at hand.
Nizar Sabir, Al-Bani Gen. Contracts & Co, Sulaimaniya - Irak
Excellent dimensions of the HOFA-Akustik modules – suitable size
Easy installation of the HOFA-Akustik modules
Great design – highly decorative
Significant improvement of room acoustics – functionally effecient.”