Post Audio ARF-32 V.4 Ambient Reflection Filter and Portable Vocal Booth
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- New v.4 Pro model-The one everybody else copies
- New stronger front rails
- New adjustable mic riser
- New thicker, more stable hardware
- New improved stand mounting system. The mic stand you see in some of the photos is not included in this offer.
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When recording music, whether voice or instrument, it is very desirable to record your tracks "dry", with as little of the room sound as possible. Reflection filters do this by limiting the amount of sound that gets past the microphone to bounce off the walls and by then diffusing whatever sound does bounce back towards to the microphone.
Essentially, this is a way of treating the acoustic space right around your microphone instead of treating the entire room you are recording in.
Post Audio There are other reflection filters on the market, almost all of them copies or knock-offs of Post Audio's original designs. Some are inexpensive and not so good and some others are good but crazy expensive. Post Audio hits the sweet spot with filters that do their job very well, are professional quality and are still reasonably priced. That's probably why Post Audio is the largest maker of reflection filters in the USA.
Top Customer Reviews
When I first got this and started recording with it I wasn't blown away by the difference but when I took it off I realized why these exist. In any room there is a slight reverb/open sound when recorded with a condenser microphone and when I'm equalizing tracks I no longer have to worry about making small background noises more audible since now they're practically non-existent. The recording sounds extremely pure and using effects is a much more satisfying experience all around.
Basically, this shield sounds exactly like you would purchase it for and it isn't overly expensive. There are more expensive ones out there that have higher quality sound reinforcement but the foam this thing uses is pretty thick and similar or the same to foam used in many other sound reinforcement wall panels, just not shaped.
The bottom line is if you really want a pure sound and have everything else to get it, this is the perfect compliment to your setup. It doesn't color the sound at all and works great. If you have the money go for a more expensive one but you're not going to be getting a huge difference from what this one offers.
After putting up several acoustic absorbers (fiberglass panels, covered and mounted on the wall) in my home studio, I was still getting unwanted reflections and decided to try this reflection filter out. The setup, as others have noted, was pretty easy, though even with all the screws tightened the filter's position was a little unstable and it would shift around from time to time. This wasn't too much of a problem, but a small annoyance. It's important to note, also, that this filter must be mounted on a straight stand. That's probably true for any such product, since the extra weight would topple any non-weighted boom stand.
Before setting up the reflection filter, I had made several voice over recordings to test against. Once the filter was in place, I made several new recordings with the exact same mic, position, settings, etc., and compared the two. The difference was negligible. I tried adjusting the positioning of the reflection filter a few times, but ultimately, the results remained the same. I speculate that this product might provide greater benefit to an otherwise untreated room, and therefore would be a good option for someone who couldn't mount any proper acoustic panels on their walls, but it's hard to say. The bottom line: it didn't work for me, so I returned it.
This Post Audio ambient/reflection/room filter/voice booth and the 99 names it goes under outside of ARF-32? Is a cheap SE electronic bootleg from ebay. Can you take a guess as to where I brought mine?
The Good: 5 Stars
It's adjustable and looks like a good copy of the SE electronics one. Same kind of adjusting system for your microphone. They copied it well but mounting positions seemed kind of limited. Boom mic = not going to happen.
The Bad: -1 star
It bends,it stretches,it wobbles and it flexes! Is it a Slinky? No! It's the ARF-32! Why is that? Because the metal these guys used to make this thing out of is paper thin. Then they jammed some sort of chunky funky foam inside the front of it. It's light and I mean really light because there's nothing to it. The play foam is all there was. Great, so I just spent over a hundred dollars for a giant wedge of foam.
The Ugly: -2 stars
How it sounds. It makes you sound muffled when you're recording with it. Not exactly what I was expecting even from a bootleg. It doesn't have anything to filter your voice except for the foam. Like a bootleg it looks like it should work but it just doesn't. If this was the first filter I used I probably wouldn't know any better but it wasn't. It was like trying to talk into a pillow. Like it chokes your microphone. If it were maybe half the price I wouldn't be so upset but this isn't worth the money at all. My mic setup actually sounded better without this hindrance attached to it.
Price: -1 star
Overpriced very much so. It should be priced at 20% of what they're asking for this thing because you only get 20% the performance of a real filter. Never thought I'd still be so upset about something I just brought as a gift for someone else to use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't have a sound proof room, so this works well for my little recording projects. It has eliminated many many noises from being picked up. Not perfect but great for the price.Published 17 months ago by OliviasMom
It's heavy, and it isn't the stand because the problem is where the filter connects to the adapter. It seems to filter well enough. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Young
The Post Audio Ambiet Room filter delivers superb performance and is well-crafted from top-quality materials. It will last you a lifetime!Published 21 months ago by Bruce Jarnot
I would recommend this item for anyone with a small home pre-mix setup. The quality of sound it delivers is great!!!!Published 23 months ago by Tiffany Patridge
It really does what it promises.
But it also looks good. It has very good quality finishing including the knobs.
I brought this product a while ago. I have a Sterling ST55 mic which is a dope mic for a low price. It works pretty good. I dont have to spend money on treating my studio. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Ced Wynez
I live in an apartment surrounded by different kinds of noise, cars, a child playing outside, and planes flying above near an airport terminal. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by ednep