Rafa Sardina Achieves “Magical Balance” with Augspurger Duo 8 MiniMain System There are revelations in one’s career that come unexpected. Discovering the magical balance of the Augspurger Duo 8 monitors has allowed me to work on so many different styles of music with a single speaker reference, ~Rafa Sardina, 13-time Grammy® winner, Afterhours Studio, Los Angeles.  A close look at Rafa Sardina’s “Tiger Maple” Augspurger Duo 8  Sub 12 System at Afterhours in Los Angeles. The modest-footprint monitors provide Sardina with 2500 watts of pure Augspurger power and unequalled performance. Duo-8’s width and depth of soundstage is essential for Sardina’s work in a wide...

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More Than Sound: Amsterdam’s famous Wisseloord studio chooses Augspurger System tuned via trans-Atlantic remote. Wisseloord Studios, near Amsterdam, is a world-class recording facility originally built by the Phillips/Polygram Company in 1978. The beautiful five-room complex is among Europe’s top recording destinations, and for good reason. From the standpoint of gear, design, range of services, amenities and vibe, Wisseloord is as good as it gets. That’s why artists like U2, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Foo Fighters and hundreds more have worked at Wisseloord over the years. It’s a truly staggering client list. Given the top-level quality of Wisseloord and...

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Mastering Guru Alex DeYoung of DeYoung Masters chooses Augspurger Solo 12MF Alex DeYoung of DeYoung Masters is a mastering engineer’s mastering engineer. Based in LA, his list of credits is more than impressive, with names like Michael Jackson, Macy Gray, Keyshia Cole, and countless others. The man has golden, wait, make that PLATINUM ears. That’s why when DeYoung was looking to step up the monitoring in his mastering suite, he chose Augspurger. The system is a simple but elegant one; the Solo 12MF* 1500watt two way system. While the Solo 12MF’s near-flawless performance specs are eye-popping, what really matters to a...

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Check out the web-site of Sonic Architect and new Augspurger user, Tony Anderson. Tony will be creating aural atmospheres for film on his Duo 8 MiniMain system with 1X12 subs. We are super pleased to have Tony in the Augspurger family!   ...

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Breathtaking Power.

Using carefully chosen drivers that are highly-sensitive and can handle high wattage and matching them with audiophile quality amplification with over 3500 watts per channel, it’s no wonder Augspurger’s reputation for impressive output is known the world over.

Unmistakable Clarity.

We build systems.  While dynamics are indeed impressive the more complete story is about making every component to be the best possible expression of its function and form while reaching for the most uncompromising result. Augspurger monitors retain their clarity and presence, depth and precision at all listening levels. All the parts work together in harmony as true systems.

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How Augspurger is Unique

COMPONENTS

Our rock maple wood horns are legendary and provide a truly immersive listening experience, with a smooth response on and off axis out to the carefully engineered 70 x 110 degree listening window…

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CONSTRUCTION

Every system is engineered for performance and built by master craftspeople using advanced CNC and shaping tools providing exacting consistency unit to unit…

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CONFIGURATION

Every AUGSPURGER system is custom configured for the room it is going into, taking into account room volume, listening distance, placement, acoustic treatments and more…

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Augspurger Nation: Top Studios Continue to Choose Augspurger

The basis of the design goes back over 30 years, yet there’s no shortage of professional studios and artists that continue to rely on Augspurger monitors. Along with venerable old names like Neve and Neumann, Augspurger has never stopped being the sonic standard in the world’s best studios. In the past year alone, a dozen of music’s A-List producers and artists have chosen Augspurger monitoring environments to make their critical creative decisions. It’s a testament not only to Augspurger’s timeless design, where power and precision meet, but to the modern Augspurger company’s ability to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of pro audio. Artists appreciate the big Augspurger sound, coupled with the vast DSP tunability of their new generation of systems. 

LA’s recording scene has always been Augspurger-equipped, and that trend continues to grow. Recently, Snoop Dogg’s massive Beach City Studio complex in Inglewood was completed and fitted with three Augspurger systems. The A Room, which Snoop has dubbed “The Mothership,” rocks one of Augspuger’s most powerful systems, known as the Quattro 10K for its four 15′s pushing 10,000 watts, atop dual 2X18” subwoofers. B has a pair of 2X15 Classics, and the smaller C room has the new Solo 12MF with 2X12 subs.

DOGGSpurgers! Snoop and the Augspurger Quattro 10K system at Beach City.

Elsewhere in LA, Mega-producer Rafa Sardina, winner of 12 Grammy’s and counting, arranged for the Grammy Award voting committee (of which he is a member) to use an Augspurger Duo 8 system with 1X12 subs to listen to, evaluate and judge all the nominated tracks for this past year’s Grammy Awards. Sardina wanted to insure that the judges experienced the music with full clarity, dynamics and depth. The listening sessions took place at Village Recorders in Hollywood in the fall of 2015. After the Grammy committee was done (and impressed) with them, Sardina insisted that the monitors move permanently to his beautiful home studio near LA. He is now using the Augspurger system to mix everything from film music to rock to latin pop.

Mali-Beauty! Gibbs Duo 8 with 1X12 subs finished in a hand-rubbed cherry.

High atop Malibu, veteran film composer Richard Gibbs has upgraded his stunning Woodshed Studio with a Duo 8 MiniMain 3-way system. Among the many artists who tracked with the Gibb’s Augspurgers was Coldplay and their engineer Rik Simpson, who used his very own set of Duo 8s to mix the chart-topping 2015 album, “A Head Full of Dreams.”

Cobb at the Console: RCA Studio A now rocks Augspurger Duo 12′s

Speaking of Grammys, Nashville-based roots producer Dave Cobb has been pulling in Golden Gramophones by the handful for his work with breakout artist Chris Stapleton and alt-country veteran Jason Isbell. In a world of formulated Nashville pop, Cobb is the producing power behind the new gang of Outlaws, including Sturgill Simpson and Shooter Jennings, who are dedicated to bringing the twang back in to Country. Cobb was recently granted “Producer in Residence” status at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, originally designed in the 1960s by Chet Atkins. Cobb’s first act upon moving in to the studio was to install a pair of Augspurger Duo 12 Mains with 1X18 subs. The purchase was made through Chad Evans at Vintage King Nashville. Because he does the majority of his work with Atlantic Records, Cobb had used the Duo 12s in various Atlantic rooms around the country, and has come to rely on them. Atlantic now owns SEVEN Augspurger systems in NY, Atlanta and Nashville.

In another neighborhood of Music City, rock-pop studio owner and producer Brandon Metcalf worked through Vintage King to outfit his South X Sea Studios with TWO Duo 8 MiniMain systems. The A room system had 1X12 subs and the B room uses the Duo 8 Mains without subs, pointing to the fact that even as a two way system, the Duo 8′s low end is capable of producing 30hz.

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Mix Class of ’17 Highlights Two New Augspurger-Equipped Studios

Mix Magazine has once again released its annual “Class Of” roundup. Two of the exciting new rooms featured this year are outfitted with Augspurger main monitor systems, as implemented by Dave Malekpour of PAD Group, Hanover, MA.

 

 

Mix Class of 17

WEST: First up is multi-Grammy winner Rafa Sardina’s private studio, Afterhours. Sardina’s is among finest and most well-equipped private rooms in LA, with all high-end and vintage gear, centered around an SSL Duality. Knowing he needed the most precision monitoring possible within a tight space, Sardina chose an Augspurger Duo 8 three-way active system with Sub 12s. The modest-footprint monitors, with gorgeous Tiger Maple baffles, provide Afterhours with 2500 watts of pure Augspurger power and unequalled performance. Duo-8’s width and depth of soundstage is essential for Sardina’s orchestral film-score work.

Rafa’s Room: Close-up of Sardina’s Augspurger Duo 8 monitors.

Penthouse studio

EAST: Next in the Class of ’17 is NYC’s new Penthouse Studios, located just one block north of Times Square in the Quad Studios complex. It’s on the top floor; naturally! The Penthouse project was designed and equipped from the ground up entirely by Dave Malekpour and PAD Group. The room is built around Augspurger Duo 15V-S218 mains finished in high-gloss Arctic Whiteauga. The system boasts a whopping 5Kw of pristine, punchy Augspurger DSP-controlled power. “Penthouse Manny,” as it’s being called, has instantly become one of New York’s hottest tracking and mixing suites.

Penthouse Studio

Penthouse Power: The control room featuring a 5Kw Augspurger Duo 15 Sub 218 system.

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Augspurger Solo 12MF Up for 32nd NAMM TEC Award

For the second year in a row, a new Augsurger monitor system has been nominated for a NAMM TEC Award in the category of Technical Excellence in Studio Monitors.

Augspurger’s new Solo 12MF is a powerful and compact active reference monitor is ideal for tracking, mixing, and mastering, featuring Augspurger’s renowned DSP-based tuning capabilities. Free-standing or soffitable, the single 12” cabinet is built around the breakthrough “MF” (MidField) horn, which was introduced in 2015 with the TEC-nominated Duo 8 MiniMian. The Solo 12MF is a perfect design for smaller control rooms with a tighter zone between the monitors and the mix position.

Augspurger Solo12

The system pushes 650 watts per side and extends down to 30 hertz without a sub. Add any of the optional subwoofer packages – 1X12, 2X12m 1X18 and 2X18 – and you get a 3-way system boasting 1650 per side and bass extension to 20hz.

The MF horn has opened up a whole new range of monitor solutions for engineers with limited space. They may have thought they couldn’t have a true main monitor due to lack of distance between the front wall and mix position. The 30% smaller horn enables free standing monitors in the midfield area, as close as 5ft from the mixer.

~Dave Malekpour, president of Augspurger and designer of the Solo 12.

Solo 12 MF pricing starts at $13,000 for a stereo two-way system.

The 32nd Annual TEC awards ceremony will be January 21, 2017 during the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA.

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While we always welcome customer visits at our factory, it isn’t always a practical option. To fully experience an Augspurger monitor system you should be in a well-designed and acoustically treated room with the system carefully set up and tuned, or calibrated to the room’s response.

With installations worldwide we often partner with our clients to make available their rooms for demonstrations which provides you the ideal listening experience. So, wherever you are, we invite you to contact us to arrange for a personalized demo. Just let us know which system(s) you are interested in!

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