Using monitors and headphones, choosing the best models for you, and integrating them into your studio isn't easy or straightforward if you've never done it before. In this issue, we bring you studio-tested advice on best strategies for setting up monitors, using multiple monitor systems to check your work, and getting the most out of your headphones.
We bring you reviews of nearly 20 different products for enhancing your listening pleasure. Paul Vnuk Jr. reports on his experiences with the new Genelec M030 monitors, Darwin Grosse gives us the skinny on the new JBL LSR305 speakers, and Mike Metlay tries out Fender's unique Studio Passport monitor system. We review Grace Design's magnificent m905 monitor controller, and Mike Metlay takes us through 11 reviews of headphones and in-ear monitors by AKG, Audio-Technica, RHA, Shure, Sony, Westone, and Yamaha!
And there's more! Even before you get the right monitors or phones, your room has to be right. Paul J. Stamler returns to our pages with Part 1 of a series he calls "Outside In", where advice on setting up a studio starts with the room itself before getting to the gear. We also offer a DIY article on a simple and effective bass control system for any room, reviews of products from Earthworks and Kush Audio, and much more.
If you want a better handle on what you're hearing, or if you want to improve your studio experience in lots of other ways, you can't afford to miss out on the March RECORDING!
A brand-new design combines uncompromising sound with eco-friendliness in a package suitable for any small studio.
Genelec has, for the past 35 years, been producing some of the most respected studio monitors in the world fr......Expand
Could this be the best monitor control system ever made?
Grace Design builds preamps, signal processors, and monitor control solutions world-renowned for their elegance and clean, clear sound. With the m905, the brothers Gra......Expand
Take your choice: an affordable newcomer, a new look for a famous contender, or an astounding listening experience for those who demand the very best.
Of all the headphone reviews I'm doing for this issue, this one's the tou......Expand
A new closed-back offering at the high end of Shure's SRH range offers some nice sonic surprises.
Microphones and headphones are both transducers, devices that cross between the realm of audio as air particles in motion to a......Expand
We give you an exclusive first look at the updated version of a modern classic.
We reviewed the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 in our March 2008 issue, and we were very impressed with what it offered. No gimmicks, no earth-shatterin......Expand
The newest additions to the famed MDR lineup offer great sound for your budget, whether you've a little or a lot to spend.
Sony has been building headphones with the MDR designation, and a world-class reputation along with t......Expand
Yamaha comes out swinging with a hard-rocking closed phone for the tracking room or behind the console.
The HPH-MT220 and its little brother the HPH-MT120 aren't the first Yamaha headphones in the pro audio arena. The RH Ser......Expand
In-ear monitors for every taste: the RHA MA750i, Sony's new MDR-7550, and Westone UM Pro 30.
The in-ear monitor is often viewed suspiciously by recording musicians who rely on monitor speakers, or at worst headphones, to che......Expand
An impeccably clean preamp in 500 Series format, and an extraordinarily clear and precise mic to go with it. How can you lose?
While best known for their line of ultra-accurate, miniature capsule omni microphones, Earthworks......Expand
A pair of reference monitors, with components by Focal, that you can pack up and take with you for easy and reproducible listening!
While one could argue that there's nothing really new under the sun, Fender's new Passport S......Expand
This sweet and musical EQ can twist and tweak the heck out of your tracks, while leaving them sounding like they were recorded that way.
This month we take a look at a new piece of hardware from Kush Audio, the Electra-an El......Expand
If your mixes aren't turning out the way you think they should, this is required reading.
One of the wisest pieces of studio advice that I've ever received was from our Senior Editor, Lorenz Rychner. As one of our first-line......Expand
For years, headphones were the poor relation in studio work. They can't be downplayed any longer.
For decades, headphones have been the odd unit out in the world of monitoring. Some teachers in audio schools refused to even ......Expand
All the fancy DAW gear in the world won't matter if you can't hear your music properly. A beginner's guide to getting your listening system right.
I call it "posh poverty" -- scraping money together for food and rent, but al......Expand
If you're going to build out a studio for yourself, work from the outside in and discover the benefits of having your room and speakers right before you do anything else. We show you how.
This article is aimed at beginners -......Expand
There's sound science behind the practice of isolating speakers from their stands; learn it and get the best possible results from your monitor rig.
Over the time that I've been doing acoustical work, I've found that there a......Expand
In our December 2013 issue, we explained why a Helmholtz resonator would be a simple, effective way to get your room's bass response under control. Now we teach you how to build one!
Back in our December 2013 issue, I explai......Expand