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March 2015

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What you hear determines every decision you make in the studio, and in our March issue, RECORDING takes a look and listen at various aspects of the monitoring chain, whether we’re discussing headphones, speakers, or your listening room's acoustics.

The issue features a wide variety of listening and monitoring products: new monitors from Genelec, Sonodyne, and Amphion, monitor controllers from Antelope Audio and Crane Song, speaker isolators from IsoAcoustics, and unique products like a high-end DAC from Korg and Avantone's modern take on the famous Auratone check speaker. We also have in-depth reviews of Apogee's stunning new Ensemble Thunderbolt interface, a 500 Series format channel strip from Ingram Engineering, and more!

Learning how to hear what you need to hear in your studio isn't easy, but our contributors bring years of expertise to the table in helping you get started. In this issue, we'll bring you straightforward advice on the basic principles of acoustics from experts Bruce Black and James Lindenschmidt. We'll also present straight talk on effective headphone use, matching monitor speakers to your room, and much more.

There's also a fascinating round-table discussion on the tricky topic of clipping (in our world of the digital Loudness Wars, how much clipping is acceptable... if at all?), an in-depth treatment of how to read gain specs, plus our regular features, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, and more. All this makes the March issue a can't-miss experience. Hear it all -- and know what you’re hearing -- with RECORDING!

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Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The addition of the blazing-fast Thunderbolt connection is only part of the new power this rackmount interface brings to the modern studio.

Santa Monica-based Apogee has been at the forefront of digital audio technology for ......Expand

Amphion One18 Passive Monitors and Amp100 Power Amp   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A new name in pro audio speakers from Finland offers stunning sound.

Amphion is a speaker manufacturer based in Finland. The firm has been crafting home hi-fi speakers of all shapes and sizes since its start in 1998.......Expand

Genelec 8010A Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

These tiny speakers are a revelation in larger-than-life sound.

For 35 years, the Finnish firm Genelec has been supplying studios with a wide range of monitor speakers and subwoofers that have become a famed signatur......Expand

Antelope Audio Satori High-End Monitoring Controller   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

An uncompromising controller that combines massive flexibility and digital control with an all-analog signal path, a summing mixer, and exquisite audio quality.

Antelope Audio has expanded from its origins as a build......Expand

Ingram Engineering MPA575   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This 500 Series module packs an entire channel strip -- preamp, EQ, and dynamics -- into a tiny, easy-to-use package.

Back in June 2013, Scott Dorsey took a look at a new microphone preamp by Ingram Engineering. The MPA685 w......Expand

Sonodyne SRP 400 Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The latest monitors from India's respected speaker maker bring clarity, honesty, and transparency to any listening setup.

Sonodyne is an audio company based in India with a 40-year history in the business, one that's......Expand

iOS Music Tools: Positive Grid Final Touch   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This modular mastering processor suite provides everything from 8-band EQ and dynamics control to stereo imaging tools and reverb.

One hesitates to use the words "mastering" and "iPad" in the same sentence, but with ......Expand

Once Over -- Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr. and Martin Nessi

Avantone Pro Active MixCubes; Crane Song Avocet II Discrete Class A Studio Controller; IsoAcoustics Aperta Speaker Isolation Stands.

Since this is our issue dedicated to all things monitoring, I want to talk about a speaker ......Expand


Basic Acoustics: Five Big Problems, Four Excellent Tools   |   Written by Bruce Black

Learning room acoustics doesn't have to be scary. Here's a playbook of the five offenders most likely to hurt your sound, and the four weapons at hand to defeat them.

Trying to figure out what room acoustics is all about, de......Expand

Creating Space   |   Written by James Lindenschmidt

Learn what goes into a great-sounding room, and how to get there on a budget.

One of the hallmarks of a superior recording is mastery of the sense of audible space. There are certainly a variety of techniques a recordist can......Expand

Getting A Great Headphone Monitor Mix   |   Written by Greg Ogan

An artist's performance in the studio is only as good as their inspiration. As an engineer, it's your job to provide it.

Getting a good monitor mix for a recording artist is one of the most important stages of the recording ......Expand

First Steps. Part 3: Monitor Speakers In Your Room   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Your room and monitors are an inseparable team. We expand on our discussion of room acoustics, and delve into understanding, choosing, and setting up monitors in our space.

I talked last month about the need for a neutral, u......Expand

Crosstalk: The Clipping Conundrum   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler, Giles Reaves, Mike Rivers, and Paul Vnuk Jr.

A reader wonders if it's truly possible to avoid clipping while still having a good-sounding mix, and four of our contributors provide a wealth of answers.

Welcome to Crosstalk! This month's collection of wisdom was inspired......Expand

Listening Levels: Set And Forget!   |   Written by Mike Metlay

The biology of your ears and brain can mess with the accuracy of your monitoring. Here's how to minimize the effect and get the most accurate results.

I'd like to close out this issue's focus on monitoring and acoustics with......Expand

Specs: Removing The Mystery. Part 2: Gain   |   Written by Mike Rivers

You'd think that a simple measurement of how much louder a piece of gear makes audio would be straightforward. Think again -- there's some complexity here, but when you master it, your recording quality will improve by leaps and bounds.

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