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March 2016

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March is all about monitoring in Recording Magazine! This issue will have a broad slate of reviews covering speakers, headphones, and a monitor controller or two, plus a variety of incisive articles about room acoustics to help you get the best possible sound.

March will feature in-depth reviews of speaker systems from Amphion, PSI Audio, and Auratone (yes, that Auratone!), the McOne monitor controller, Universal Audio's newest Apollo interface/DSP engine, and more. And if you're into headphones, this month we're up to our ears in them -- literally! No fewer than nine different headphones are on review from beyerdynamic, Fostex, Samson, RHA, Grain Audio, and Yamaha... and the Yamaha and Samson phones are so new they're only just hitting stores now. Read about them here first!

Bruce Black returns to our pages with a thought-provoking article that asks the question all acousticians dread: "How do I know what I'm really hearing?" Veteran engineer/producer Bill Stunt returns to our pages with a fascinating look at what he calls "guerrilla acoustics" -- making impossible spaces work for recording gigs on little notice and with no specialized materials on hand. Drummer and engineer Pat Bautz takes us on a photographic tour of his new home studio build... and LA-based engineer Brian Marshak waxes poetical on the glories of listening in one's car.

All this plus First Steps with Paul J. Stamler, Readers' Tapes with Marty Peters, our usual monthly content, and more. If you're looking for the best way to hear the best audio in the best room... or in getting as close to it as your situation will allow... you won't want to miss the March Recording!

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Amphion Two18 Passive Monitors (and Amp500 Power Amplifier)   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The flagship speaker of Amphion's pro lineup delivers power and precision galore.

Reviewed & Revisited: Universal Audio Apollo 8p   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The next generation of UA's interface/DSP engines is here, with new features, improved specs, and more flexibility than ever.

New Old Sound McONE Active   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

An all-in-one desktop solution for monitor and subwoofer management with great audio at a very reasonable price.

Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The famous check monitor is back in production, and it's a honey of a speaker. Includes an interview with Auratone's Alex Jacobsen, grandson of the 5C's inventor Jack Wilson.

Genelec 7040A Active Subwoofer   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A new porting design creates a powerful sub in an amazingly small package.

KRK ROKIT 4 G3 Powered Studio Monitor   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The smallest ROKIT brings KRK's sound to the very smallest rooms.

PSI Audio A14-M and A14-S Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The famed Studer A1 lives again, built with love in Switzerland by its original designers.

Ears On: Fostex RP Series mk3: T20RP, T40RP, T50RP   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

These three headphones look alike and cost alike, but provide three very different voicings. One is sure to be a perfect fit for your studio needs.

Ears On: Yamaha HPH-MT7   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

An affordable workhorse that lets you track and mix with confidence.

Ears On: Samson Z Series: Z35 and Z55   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A splendid tracking headphone for any budget and an even more splendid mixing phone with all the trimmings.

Ears On: Grain Audio OEHP.01   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A comfortable and stylish headphone with real walnut earcups for a lush sound.

Ears On: beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Stunning audio quality from a top-of-the-line closed headphone.

Ears On: RHA Audio T20i   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

How can RHA top its existing in-ears? With a groundbreaking dual annular driver!

Vanatoo Transparent One Active Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

An unusual stereo speaker with built-in USB interfacing delivers surprising punch for its size.


My Dream Studio   |   Written by Pat Bautz

A recording engineer finally gets to build his own room from the ground up, but has to watch his budget... and shows us how it was done.

So Just What Am I Hearing?   |   Written by Bruce Black

Dive in and learn about the pitfalls of building an accurate room... including the infamous Circle Of Confusion.

Guerrilla Acoustics   |   Written by Bill Stunt

A field engineer with decades of experience offers practical advice for turning lousy recording spaces into workable ones. Time to get down and dirty!

First Steps. Part 15: Digital Recording II -- Converters   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Turning electricity into numbers and back again is critical to modern recording systems, and you need to understand the basics of how it's done.

Fade Out   |   Written by Brian Marshak

When Are Monitors So Bad They're Good?

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