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November 2016

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This November, it’s all about the room and the speakers! Acoustics and monitoring take center stage at RECORDING as we consider the most often overlooked elements of the audio chain—and how to get them right, so you can really hear what you’re creating.

It wouldn’t be a monitoring issue without some appropriate reviews, would it? Paul Vnuk Jr. revisits the Amphion lineup with reviews of the One15 and Two15 monitors, and also takes the Genelec 8340 out for a spin. Alex Hawley weighs in on the new LYD 7 monitors from Dynaudio Professional, and Mike Metlay examines intriguing coaxial monitors from Fluid Audio. The new DT 1990 Pro headphones from beyerdynamic and the K876 headphones from AKG are joined by the Monotor Pro monitor controller from Little Labs, GIK Acoustics’ Portable Isolation Booth, Mojave Audio’s new MA-50 microphone, and the Red 4Pre interface from Focusrite.

Acoustics is a popular topic, because there are as many problems as there are rooms... and there are inventive solutions to every problem. In this issue, we bring you multiple views of the acoustics question from working engineers and room-treatment pros alike.

Aaron Trumm looks at homemade solutions for small-studio acoustic treatment, especially in situations where a full buildout isn’t feasible, and Michael Nickolas describes the DIY absorbers he built when building his new home studio. Ethan Winer discusses the science and pseudoscience of early reflections, and we take a field trip to Athens to learn how a Greek engineer turned a century-old building into the room of his dreams.

In addition to all this, we bring you First Steps with Paul Stamler, Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, a thought-provoking Fade Out on the listening aesthetics of acoustics from James Lindenschmidt, our regular monthly features, and more. If you’re ready to tackle the important challenges of hearing your music properly, you can’t afford to miss the November RECORDING!

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Genelec 8340A Active Monitor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

DSP intelligence and a powerful suite of room measurement and EQ adjustment tools makes this speaker a fantastic fit for many different control rooms.

Focusrite Red 4Pre Thunderbolt Audio Interface   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The Red tradition lives on in a powerful new interface with incredible flexibility and gorgeous audio quality.

Reviewed & Revisited: Amphion One15 and Two15   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

Between the tiny One12 and the mighty One18 and Two18, these speakers offer their own unique take on the Amphion sound.

Mojave Audio MA-50 Condenser Microphone   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

An affordable transformerless design brings Mojave sound quality to a new audience.

GIK Acoustics (PIB) Portable Isolation Booth   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

This beautiful isolation panel folds up or opens out to fulfill a variety of room acoustic treatment needs.

Ears On: AKG K872   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The new flagship headphone from AKG redefines high-end headphone audio.

Ears On: beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This new headphone combines crystalline, vivid sound with a comfortable and balanced open-back design.

Dynaudio LYD 7   |   Reviewed by Alex Hawley

A speaker that compensates for changes in SPL and maintains its tonality whether loud or soft? This we have to hear...

Fluid Audio FX8 Coaxial Monitor   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

The benefits of coaxial speaker design coexist with the budget of the smaller studio in this affordable, great-sounding monitor.

Little Labs Monotor   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A very small box with a very big slate of useful monitoring options.


Tune That Room!   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

A little science, a little effort, and room acoustics becomes something we can understand and do something about. Here’s how.

MD Recording Studios: From Athens With Love   |   Written by Nikos Michalodimitrakis

A determined engineer leads a hard-working crew to turn a ramshackle building in the Greek capital into a world-class recording complex with two control rooms and three tracking rooms. Check out this remarkable transformation!

Early Reflections   |   Written by Ethan Winer

These tiny echoes are part of every room’s sound, and reliable monitoring depends on understanding and controlling them.

First Steps. Part 23: Dotting The Is, Crossing the Ts   |   Written by Paul J. Stamler

Our song is done... but are we allowed to share it with the world? Learn the basics of copyright, publishing, and royalties to find out.

Do It Yourself: Wall-Mounted Sound Panels   |   Written by Michael Nickolas

These simple tools for mid- to high-frequency absorption helped turn an ordinary upstairs room into a solid-sounding recording space... and you can make them yourself!

Fade Out   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

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