Can you trust what you're hearing? In this issue, we discuss that last critical link from your music to your ears: headphones and monitors! We provide sound strategies for using these critical tools in your studio and present reviews of over a dozen monitoring products, all in a quest to help you hear your music as it's meant to be heard.
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!