REVIEWED: SPL TONEHUNTER REDUCER POWER ATTENUATOR
When asked how his band Jawbreaker achieved the distinctly huge guitar sound on their recordings, singer and guitarist Blake Schwartzenbach replied that the answer was simple, miking up tiny, low wattage practice amps. As opposed to the behemoth, plexi stacks of old, these progenitors of the mid-western, emotional rock archetype of the mid 90’s starved their tone of might in order to make it work harder. The ‘small amp; big sound’ approach has since become the ace in the hole of many an expert tonechaser in search of ear bleeding tonal magnitude without shaking the studio to its foundations.
REVIEWED: BELCAT BEL-8040A PORTABLE WIRELESS AMPLIFIER
Smaller and portable seems to have been one of the favoured design concepts over the last few years. Smaller guitar amps with more power, micro guitar pedals, mini mixers and tiny front of house speakers that still kick. Belcat have jumped on that bandwagon with the Bel-8040A Portable Wireless Amplifier, a possible solution for everything from public speaking to small gigs, to parties, music playback, jamming and rehearsals.
DV MARK FRANK GAMBALE SIGNATURE FG212 SPEAKER BOX
The speaker cabinet has always been the unsung hero of the sonic spectrum. At one time or another every tone chaser is bound to go wandering down the rabbit hole only to find themselves lost in a thicket of slanted vs. straight, 4x10, 2x12, open vs. closed back decisions. So few choices are more important as this one, as your cabinet is the last line of defence against melodic mediocrity, and nothing can let an amp head, or indeed an entire performance down like a mismatched or poorly placed set of speakers.
JBL EON ONE PORTABLE PA SYSTEM
The portable PA idea is not a new one, but it seems that every year it gets improved upon in a number of ways. JBL have always been market leaders in getting new portable PA ideas out there, I was using EON speakers almost twenty years ago, and loved their ease of use and portability back then. Since then we have seen the power increase, whilst the size and weight have been reduced. Now JBL have gone even further, putting the entire PA into one box that still offers maximum sound and clarity, with portability being the focus. The idea of only having to make one trip from the car to the venue is certainly going to appeal to many.
PRESONUS AIR12 ACTIVE SPEAKER
PreSonus is a name that first made its way into the audio world in studio equipment, with recording interfaces, preamps and controllers. However, many of you may not have known this, but over the years they extended their range to studio monitors and from there, grew the speaker offerings in both size and power to meet the demands of professional sound reinforcement applications. The latest offering in this range is the AIR12 from PreSonus, which delivers quality audio at great volumes whilst still remaining portable.
Strauss SPM-30 Personal Monitor
The Sunbury Music Festival stands proud as the big bang at the dawn of the Australian music industry. A swarthy troupe of young TV industry blokes took a long hard look at Woodstock and thought ‘We could bloody well do that!!’ And bloody well do that they did! Between ’72 and ’75 they blasted the likes of Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs and Skyhooks, as well as imports like Queen and Deep Purple, paving the way for Mushroom records to sprout into the juggernaut that we kneel before today. The unsung hero of the whole shebang was the pride and joy of a couple of Melbourne boys made good, John Woodhead & Gary Nessel, who’s built-like-a-brick-shithouse Strauss amps formed the majority of the backline keeping the whole thing louder than love.
M-Audio AV42 Monitor Speakers
I’ve heard a few monitor speakers this month, but to be honest, these were the ones I actually set up with the most anticipation and excitement. You see, a product does not have to be expensive or exclusive or anything like that to be a worthy contender for my enjoyment. So, unboxing the M-Audio AV42 monitors happened in a flash and they were set up as soon as I managed to work through all the packaging and sort out the extensive selection of cables that are included.
Genelec 8010A Active Studio Monitors
You’ve got to hand it to the Fins; they know how to build quality products, especially when we are talking about studio monitors. Most of you should know of Genelec and the quality in precision audio monitoring that the name represents, but not all of you would have had the pleasure of working with them before. And trust me, you want to hear them. Whether it is a large surround setup for movie post-production, right down to the most compact audio editing setup, there is a Genelec speaker to suit the task at hand. Which brings us to what is currently set up on the desk in front of me, the Genelec 8010A compact studio monitors.