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.
KRK Systems KRK8S Studio Monitor Subwoofer
It’s only fitting that as I’ve been discussing monitor and subwoofer use in this month’s issue, I have the new KRK8S active studio subwoofer turn up for me to have a look at. Now, when one thinks of a subwoofer, size usually comes to mind, as they generally are quite big, rather heavy and fairly taxing on the hip pocket. The KRK8S bucks all those trends and delivers results that will improve your personal monitoring space in your home studio too.
KRK Systems RP5G3 Rokit Monitors - White
Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before this happened. So, here we are, listening to the new KRK Rokit 5 studio monitors again, but this time there is a light tone to what we are seeing in the setup. No, I’m not talking about the frequency response or the sound in any way; I am referring to the blindingly obvious fact that these monitors are white, very white indeed. If you are looking to make a statement in your studio, these babies are going to stand out, that’s for sure.
JBL EON208P Portable PA System
I’ve used plenty of PA systems in my time, both portable and very much not, in a wide range of applications. I first used JBL speakers some time last century when the EON range first came on to the scene and lead the way for a new breed of powered, plastic boxes that would change PA systems forever. Over the years we have seen the EON speaker range grow in size and reduce in weight, making them an ideal solution for musicians and DJs who need to transport a system to a venue on a regular basis. With the growth of all-in-one systems, JBL again have delivered the goods time and time again, improving sound quality, increasing volume and decreasing overall weight. That brings us to their newest offering, the EON208P portable PA.
KRK Rokit 4 Monitor Speakers
The Rokit range has been around for long enough now that most of you reading this should have heard one or more of them at some point. We all know them by the bright yellow cones that they employ, having had this look since the first generation some time ago. Now that we’re a couple of years into production of the third generation of Rokits, KRK have added a new model to the line-up, and it is something that really fills a gap and is going to have plenty of interest in the following months. So, let’s take a look at the all new KRK Rokit 4, the new babies in the range of studio monitor speakers.
Leslie SPA-150R-L Ensemble Amplifier
Leslie is a name that is synonymous with organ speakers. Ever since Don Leslie designed his first cabinet with a rotating speaker, it has been a stalwart in blues, jazz and rock organ sounds and continues today as a brand name that delivers nothing but quality and innovation in loudspeaker design. So, it was with great pleasure that I got to test out and hear the new SPA-150R-L Ensemble Speaker from Leslie in recent weeks. As I was trying a Hammond stage piano, it only made sense to hear how it sounds through one of these speakers; the two being a true match made in heaven.