The rooms designed by Tom Hidley at Masterfonics were built from the ground up with proper acoustic performance being the priority. With a structural shell larger than the finished room size to accommodate acoustic treatment, near-anechoic performance is maintained at very low frequencies. Hidley uses acoustically absorptive material surrounding wooden baffles, suspended vertically and horizontally at precise angles, and spaced along the walls and ceiling.
Flanking absorber panels lie behind the angled panels, parallel to the inner ‘diaphragmatic’ walls, separated from the outer concrete shell by a small void space. These components form complex absorbers, diffusers, and waveguides that work together to steer and trap audio wavefronts emerging from the monitor speakers.
Although the science of the non-environment room is now fairly well understood, Hidley’s experience is still required to optimize a specific room’s design. His innovation is to design a room that is anechoic as far as the monitors are concerned, but that provides a natural-sounding environment for the users.