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The modern studio is more compact and affordable than ever before. And, although opting for larger, more expensive monitoring solutions will garner the most accurate results – especially in the low end – smaller speakers can offer a surprising amount of clarity for production. Smaller studio monitors are nearfield by nature. You won’t be using […]

Apple was in the spotlight throughout May, thanks to the news of a potential $27 billion fine, the release of Apple Music Lossless and rumours of a 40-core Mac Pro and a new iPod Touch. More hints at new gear came from the Sequential camp, which was recently acquired by Focusrite, with reports that a […]

Amon Tobin has been making futuristic-sounding music for over two decades. And his output has been prolific. Perhaps more amazing is that he’s excelled in every genre he’s turned his hand to – from IDM/glitch to psychedelic synth-rock, vocal-centric folk, or leftfield acoustic music. For each of these genres, he has a different alias – […]

Price $99.99 / £89Contact Mackie We’ve recently had a run of large 8-inch driver-equipped monitors ranging in price from many hundreds to several thousands of pounds. Not everyone has space or the bank balance to accommodate equipment of this size, and those finding themselves extremely limited in either department will welcome the compact and bijou […]

The hardware synthesizer market was relatively quiet this month, but intriguing music tech business developments and acquisitions were rife. Likewise, software and tech innovation brought AI vocalists and NFTs into the limelight, instigating heated discussions and new opportunities. For the first time in a while, talk of in-person events came back into the conversation, much […]

Pioneer DJ has announced the VM series of near-field monitor speakers, comprising the VM-50, VM-70 and VM-80 models. They each feature DSP control so you can manually fine-tune the sound to suit the room they’re in. Although Pioneer DJ is often renowned for its DJ’ing and live performance gear, the VM series is designed for […]

French loudspeaker manufacturer Focal has announced the Alpha Evo 50 and Alpha Evo 65, building on the success of the Alpha monitor range. Focal’s new monitors sport an updated design with some modern features while maintaining the familiarity of its popular predecessors. Alpha Evo 50 is named for its five-inch driver, while the Alpha Evo […]

Price £299 Speakers & Headphones with Microphone (£89 upgrade from Ref4) |£99 Headphones only (£39 upgrade from Ref4)Contact Sonarworks Sonarworks is synonymous with calibrated sound, whether via headphones or studio rooms and monitors, and its Reference 4 software is revered and used by engineers and producers around the world. Last year saw a development of […]

Price £1,259 / 1,399 pairContact Output On the face of it, Output‘s new Frontier is a conventional mid-sized two-way active monitor; however, this intriguing design stands out from the pack in several ways. At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Frontier has only a single full-range driver, but the monitor is […]

Kali Audio has announced the IN-5 active nearfield monitors, the latest from its Project Independence series. While at first glance these might seem like a scaled-down version of last year’s IN-8 monitors, they actually feature some improvements to both electronics and drivers. The IN-5’s three-way design comprises a five-inch woofer, a four-inch mid-range driver and […]