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March 2017

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March is Monitor Month at RECORDING! In this issue, we’re looking into monitors, headphones, and their impact on your tracking and mixing. Extensive reviews, fascinating interviews, and helpful tutorials and case studies combine to make this a must-have issue for every recording musician.

This issue features headphones, monitors, and monitor control systems for every taste and budget. We look at new monitors from ATC, Mackie, and Fluid Audio, headphones from Fostex, Ultimate Ears Pro, and Ultrasone, monitor controllers from Slate Digital—yes, we have a full review of the brand-new Slate Control!—and Drawmer, and headphone amplifiers and D/A interfaces from Prism Sound, PreSonus, RHA, and Samson.

In 2017, JBL celebrates its 75th anniversary. We sit down for a chat with Peter Chaikin, celebrated engineer and speaker guru and longtime friend of RECORDING, for a look back over this company’s groundbreaking history of speaker development.

Also in this issue: James Lindenschmidt discusses bass response and how it’s affected by speaker placement, Bruce Black describes a room with significant acoustics problems and the practical solutions he employed to save its sound, and Aaron Trumm talks about an interesting trick to improve your music regardless of what your studio space is like.

This issue also presents highlights from the 2017 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, and features Readers’ Tracks with Marty Peters, our usual monthly columns, and more. Make sure you know what you’re hearing—the March RECORDING will get you there!

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Slate Media Technology Slate Control   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

A powerful rack/remote monitor control and routing solution with all the trimmings.

ATC SCM12 Pro Monitors and ATC P1 Pro Amplifier   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The power and glory of ATC in a package that fits into any small control room.

Prism Sound CALLIA USB Audio DAC/Preamplifier   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The famed UK maker’s first "audiophile" product is also a dandy listening solution for studios that want something a cut above.

Ears On: Fostex TR-Series Dynamic Headphones   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

A new dynamic driver design comes in three earcup versions—open, semi-open, and closed—to satisfy every application on either side of the glass.

Mackie XR824 Professional Studio Monitors   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Nearly two decades after its first groundbreaking monitor, Mackie’s latest speakers have a lot to love, with features both familiar and new.

Drawmer MC3.1 Monitor Controller   |   Reviewed by Paul Vnuk Jr.

The MC2.1 has a larger sibling, a desktop design whose extra features nicely fill out our wish list.

RHA Dacamp L1   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

You can have amazing sound from any source, thanks to this portable D/A and headphone amplifier.

Fluid Audio FPX7   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Do you like coaxial monitor designs? Do you like monitors that use folded-ribbon tweeters? Did you ever wonder what a monitor that combined both technologies might offer? Read and find out!

Reviewed & Revisited: Ultrasone PRO 900i   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

This upgraded model features the remarkable offset drivers that make its soundstaging unlike anything else you’ll hear in a headphone, guaranteed.

Once Over—Reviews In Brief   |   Reviewed by Mike Metlay

Ultimate Ears UE 4 Pro in-ear monitors; Samson QH4 headphone amp; iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO2+ audio/MIDI interface.


JBL Celebrates 70 Years Of Monitor Design   |   Interviewed by Mike Metlay

We talk to JBL’s Peter Chaikin and Mark Gander about the company’s storied history and exciting new innovations in speaker design.


2017 Winter NAMM Show Report   |   Written by Mike Metlay and Paul Vnuk Jr. with Alex Hawley and Allen Goodman

We go deep and report on all the cool new gear on display in Anaheim.

Where Do My Monitors Go?   |   Written by James Lindenschmidt

It seems like a simple question, but understanding the acoustics of speaker placement can yield great results with no extra cost... just move your speakers to improve your sound!

Where Did My Low End Go?   |   Written by Bruce Black

In this audio detective story, we discover that the difference between a great-sounding room and a thin, wimpy bass response is only a matter of time...

Fade Out   |   Written by Aaron J. Trumm

The Importance Of Going Outside.

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