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AudioTechnology Issue 131

If you’re serious about audio then AudioTechnology is your magazine: whether it be the inside story behind the world’s great albums or the best-sounding concert productions, videogame sound, software tips, reviews of the latest gear, opinion and news – AudioTechnology has you covered.

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2 min.
ed space

Some people’s legacies are written into history so indelibly that it will be impossible to forget their achievements. Geoff Emerick was one of those. As an engineer on the most storied record in music history, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, his contribution could have been reduced to mere happenstance. After all, an engineer needs to be there to record an album, and maybe Geoff just happened to be that guy. Of course, Geoff wasn’t just any engineer. Not only was the all-time greatest songwriting team in the studio for those sessions, but also a pair of the greatest sets of engineering ears we’ve ever had. He proved that on Revolver, overturning Abbey Road’s status quo in favour of what his ears, and the artists, told him was best. His boldness…

3 min.
what’s on

ADAM DEMPSEY Adam Dempsey has been mastering new projects for ALLIPHA, Georgie Currie, Dandecat, Grand Pine, Harrison King & The Lost Tribe, Ronan Nicholson, noti., Karl Straub (USA), Grace Turner, Vanderlay, Velvet Bloom, and kicked off the new year with album two for The Golden Rail (lovingly recorded and produced by Nick Batterham). NEWMARKET Anna Laverty is winding up her residency at Newmarket this month. She finished it up by recording an album for the Tek Tek Ensemble and a bunch of tracks for the debut Axe Girl LP. Julian McKenzie has been putting some final touches to the Northern Folk recordings and Guus Hoevenaars has worked on a variety of projects with Woodes, Lucas St Grima and Richard Butler. Visiting producers Greg Walker and Jono Steer also made the studio their base…

5 min.
general news

ASTON’S STEALTHY ENTRANCE $599 | www.astonmicrophones.com Stealth is the newest mic from Aston Microphones, and is unique in a number of ways. Similar to the Origin, Stealth was developed in partnership with more than 90 top engineers, producers and artists on the Aston 33 development panel who participated in a series of blind listening tests designed to create the best possible sound. The fixed cardioid mic features four switchable voices to suit different situations — Vocal 1, Vocal 2, Guitar, and Dark. Aston says Stealth is fit for both studio and stage applications and can work in both passive and active modes. An autodetect function senses 48V phantom power and switches the mic to active mode which activates a built-in Class A mic preamp to boost the output, as indicated by the…

2 min.
sennheiser hd 300 pro

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is up there as one of the more common headphones in the modern recording room. They’re cheap, but have enough Sennheiser quality to make them fit for purpose. I have a pair, but a couple of issues have always irritated me. For one, they grip your head with a vice-like firmness that’s great for isolation but terrible for comfort. Second, I found the closed-back design still bled a lot of sound that made its way into a recording. Sennheiser’s new HD 300 Pro bears a distinct resemblance to the HD 280s, yet is a better design and twice the price. It’s still a circumaural closed-back model with a stated frequency response of 6Hz-25kHz and an easily-driven impedance of 64Ω. Passive noise cancellation is up to 32dB…

3 min.
live news

QUEST QX-280 AMPLIFIERS www.questaudio.com.au Quest Audio has built the QX-280 series from the ground up to withstand the demands of a commercial environment. The class D technology makes it possible to have a compact single rack format with the right combination of power and channel density. Quest’s patented power supply technology, Dynamiq Bass, delivers power during high transients for sonic integrity at the top and bottom end where other amplifiers may lose detail through power degradation. Quest says this technology enables the amplifier to achieve the same performance as amplifiers with two or three times the power rating, allowing uninterrupted power delivery even during rapid bursts of sound. Auto load-sensing transformerless output delivers full range to all impedance loads from 4Ω to 70/100V systems, ensuring smooth operation. Overheat protection with thermally-controlled fans…

4 min.
software news

DAW OPEN TO FPGA FX US$399 | www.antelopeaudio.com Antelope has released the much awaited AFX2DAW plug-in for its Zen Tour, Orion Studio and Orion Studio Rev.2017 interfaces. The AFX2DAW plug-in essentially acts as a software bridge, allowing you to utilise the processing power of the FPGA chip in an Antelope interface without leaving your DAW environment, and at zero cost to your computer’s CPU. It’s a good value proposition considering Antelope’s sizeable array of FPGA-powered processors, which include many vintage-emulated compressors, EQs, guitar amplifiers and cabinets… even a reel-to-reel tape simulator. You can stack up to four effects simultaneously per plug-in, and run up to 16 instances of AFX2DAW in a session. AFX2DAW is currently limited to macOS computers over Thunderbolt but Antelope says it is working hard to “expand its reach”.…