Here at Frap Audio, we design and manufacture professional audio equipment, but most importantly, we like to solve problems.
We have first-hand knowledge of the professional audio environment, and we understand that the job of the sound engineer must change at every session and adapt to different instruments, music, and artists.
The standard solution is often to get more gear: a specific device for a specific task. This approach, however, may lead to an overcrowded working space and might even be time-consuming in the long run. Moreover, a lot of equipment also means a lot of maintenance.
On the other hand, a ”swiss-army-knife” approach, with a device that performs every task, is even worse, since it will inevitably show its weaknesses once the challenge becomes a little bit unconventional.
We thought that these approaches rely too much on the gear and not enough on the sound: this is where the Frap Audio approach kicks in.
The Thirteenth-Century English Franciscan friar and philosopher William of Ockham developed the principle by which ‘entities should not be multiplied without necessity’ in an attempt to prove the idea of divine miracles: this problem-solving approach became known as Ockham’s Razor.
When designing our equipment, we want to get rid of what is not necessary, without compromising usefulness and versatility: keep it simple, but not obvious.
This can happen in one way only: instead of packing many independent tools in one, we design the most straightforward circuits that pair well with one another, and then combine them, but leaving the user the choice of the interaction points.
Instead of focusing on a single task or packing a lot of features in a cumbersome device, we follow a bottom-up approach, gathering info from engineers and musicians to craft tools that perform exactly the tasks that are needed – but at their best.
Relying on the interaction of simple entities expands the capability of every device and lets the professionals use them in their own way, improving (instead of sacrificing) their workflow.
Moreover, a straightforward circuit is easy to maintain: an essential feature for every music studio, which cannot lose time in technical support.
These are the reasons by which our equipment is designed to be functional, and built to be reliable.