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Top studios continue to choose Augspurger Monitors

The basis of their 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. 
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image DOGGSpurgers! Snoop and the Augspurger Quattro 10K system at Beach City.[/caption]
  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. 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.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image Mali-Beauty! Gibbs Duo 8 with 1X12 subs finished in a hand-rubbed cherry.[/caption]
  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.”
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image Cobb at the Console: RCA Studio A now rocks Augspurger Duo 12′s[/caption]
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.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image The Music City Sound! Augspurger’s Drew Townson and Brandon Metcalf of Nashville’s South X Sea at Summer NAMM ‘16.[/caption]
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Bob Horn Interview & Echo Bar Recording Studios Tour – Warren Huart: Produce Like A Pro

Warren Huart talks to LA mixologist Bob Horn about his studio and his process. About four minutes in Bob starts bragging about his Augspurger Solo 15 system. The system is crucial to his incredible mixes. @warrenhuart
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Augspurger Producer profiles: Chris Pinset Keeps the Groove Moving at Mood Recording.

Chris Pinset’s story started in Jamaica Queens in the ‘80s. The production artist and owner of Mood Recording grew up in a time and place where people were being recognized for doing music. His neighborhood was hot! Queens has one of the most diverse demographics in the US. It’s the open vibe in this community that allowed Chris to dream and wander his way into the studio music scene.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image ^ Pinset at the console for a horn session at Mood.[/caption]
“I was somehow very aware of the fact that I lived in a town where people took recordings very seriously. James Brown , Metallica , Run Dmc all made albums in my town,” Pinset recalls. Eventually he became an in-demand production artist, working with the likes of Redman and KRS-1. “Before long, I was doing tons of music for all kinds of New Yorkers and spending countless hours in studios,” said Pinset. Ultimately, the day came where it made sense to build his own room in Rockland County NY . Studio-designer Frank Comentale took Pinset’s dreams to the drawing board. A year later, Mood Recordings was born.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]image ^ Mood lighting: Augspurger Solo 15 3-way system w/ 18″ subs.[/caption]
^ Mood lighting: Augspurger Solo 15 3-way system w/ 18″ subs. Pinset’s choice of studio monitors was simple; he wanted only the best. “I literally built the room around the Augspurger Solo 15 system,” Pinset said. “Frank had the expertise and experience in building mains and he recommended that buying a new generation system from Pro Audio Design had overwhelming advantages. The truth really is, they are the best speakers on earth,” he added. Pinset’s system is the Augspurger Solo 15 5000watt three-way system with 18” subs. It’s a powerful, ultra transparent and accurate system, with plenty of low end to make hip-hop artists happy. Using Augspurger proprietary DSP technology, PAD’s Dave Malekpour personally tuned the system to Pinset’s environment, making it as flat as possible. Pinset reports that everyone working at Mood enjoys the speakers at both high and low levels. The room is also being used to score content for film and television. Many editors rely on the accuracy of the room to make their most critical decisions. “Augspurgers give you the truth,” Pinset said. “In fact, if the mix doesn’t sound good, it’s your fault, not the speakers!” he laughed.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image ^ In the Mood: Chris Pinset dialing in the tones with his Augspurger system.[/caption]
^ In the Mood: Chris Pinset dialing in the tones with his Augspurger system. Chris Pinsett’s recent tracking and mixing projects at Mood: Anhayla , Ellis Dodi , Redman , 33&1/3 , Oran Juice Jones ii , Bhi , & many others . www.moodrecording.com www.augspurger.com
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Augspurger : That’s My Sound!

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Augspurger Duo-12 Monitors packing a major punch at London’s Livingston 1

Very exciting news at UK’s Livingston Studio 1! The immense London tracking studio has just taken delivery of some awesome sounding Augspurger mains. The monitors are a Duo 12 SUB18-A3 system. Each free-standing vertical speaker consists of two 12” MF/LF drivers and one 1.4” high compression driver with 4” beryllium diaphragm and a separate 18” sub on each side. The monitors are powered by Augspurger AAM-DSP3 two way D Class amplifier modules (1000w, 1000w & 500w). The studio itself reports, “Basically, they sound incredible. Crystal clear with plenty of bottom end and extremely accurate. On cranking them up for the first time - dust (literally) fell from the ceiling and the TV, and the pictures in the rec room next door rattled away. Be scared, be very very scared but above all come and listen to monitors that will literally blow you away - lucky we don’t have any residential neighbours. Oh.” Augspurger: Putting the “stun” in Livingston 1!”
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"]image Augspurger Duo 12 monitors stand like Stonehenge monoliths above Livingston 1′s SSL.[/caption]
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Augspurger introduces the Solo 12 MF Compact Main Monitor

Two-way Solo 12MF stand-alone Main Monitor w/ powerhouse DSP-Tunable amps, 600w/side. There way Solo 12MF with optional 1X12 sub gets down to 22Hz at a total system wattge of 2200W Augspurger introduces the Solo 12 MF Compact Main Monitor Anaheim, CA Jan 21, 2016 Hot on the heels of 2015’s TEC Award Nominated Duo-8 MiniMain,Augspurger Monitors of Pembroke, MA has announced the release of another new-generation studio monitor, the Solo-12 MF (MidField). The free-standing active speaker uses a single12” low/low-mid driver along with the new smaller “MF” horn which was introduced last year with the Duo-8. Power is provided by on-board high definition amps delivering 600watts per side. Like all new-generation Augspurger monitors, the system is fully DSP-tunable to any environment. “Given its compact size and powerful-punchy sound, I see this as being the perfect main-monitor for LOTS of studios,” said Drew Townson, Augspurger product manager. “Mount a pair of Solo-12s on stands, even in a smaller control-room, and even without a sub, and you have a real main that will knock the lights out of any big, in-wall system you’ve ever heard,” Townson said. The system, which offers optional subwoofers in 2 X 12” and 18” sizes, is also a budget breakthrough for Augspurger. Entry level price is $13,000 for a Solo-12 MF two-way system. “Going three-way by adding a sub will increase the depth and range of the system for those who need thunderous bottom to 20hz” said Augspurger president Dave Malekpour. “But, for the majority of engineers, you’re going to get everything you need with the two-way cabinet. It’s already extended down to 28hz.” “One of the things we find with Augspurger is that producers tend to use them more and more over time for tracking, mixing, etc, while eventually abandoning their other monitors. They’re not just using the Augspurgers for ‘loud,’ they are making all critical tracking, mixing and mastering decisions on them. The trust is there. After a while, the old NS10s start collecting dust. The Solo-12 MF is the poster-child for that one monitor you’ll ever need for anything and everything,” said Townson. “That’s what we do,” quipped Malekpour, “We make the MAIN monitor that you will use!” The new Augspurger Solo 12 MF can be seen and heard at Pro Audio Distribution’s NAMM Booth 6510, Hall A, January 21 through 24, 2016. See attached spec sheet for more details. For more information, contact Drew Townson: drew@augspurger.com Augspurger dealers: USA: Pro Audio Design Vintage King Audio Wind Over The Earth UK/EU: Miloco Gear
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Augspurger: the NAMM show

Come see us in Anaheim, Jan 21-24! Come see us in Anaheim, Jan 21-24!
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“A Head Full of Dreams”- NEW Coldplay 2015, FULL ALBUM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-wPBwLqh3E&feature=youtu.be Produced and mixed by Rik Simpson on Augspurger Duo-8 MiniMains with 12" subs. Artist: Coldplay Engineer/Producer: Rik Simpson Augspurger System: Duo 8 MiniMian 3-way with pair of 12″ subs. Dealer: Vintage King Audio. System was employed in both London and LA during the vocal tracking and final mixing phase.  
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Augspurger: Breathtaking power. Unmistakable clarity. The world's best studio monitors are now at Miloco. AUGSPURGER MONITORS APPOINTS MILOCO EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE UK AND EUROPE Pro Audio Distribution of Pembroke, MA, has appointed London-based Miloco Gear as exclusive UK distributor for Augspurger Monitors. Studios in the UK and Europe will now have access to the world’s finest active studio monitors, found in many world-class facilities in the US. The Augspurger name has been synonymous with powerful, precision sound for three decades, used by producers and artists like Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Tom Lord Alge and Paul Epworth, and found in world class rooms like Quad in NYC or 17hz in LA. In the last five years, Augspurger has developed and introduced a new generation of smaller, free-standing vertical monitoring systems with proprietary drivers and DSP-driven amplifiers, which combine to provide the absolute highest level or accuracy, tunability, and repeatability. “We’re excited to have Miloco Gear handling Europe and the UK for us,” said Augspurger product manager, Drew Townson. “Their large presence and unique position in the UK and EU recording scene makes Miloco the ideal partner for Augspurger,” Townson said. “We like that Miloco Group is widely diversified, from managing producers to building studios to selling the best gear. We feel that this will afford Augspurger the opportunity to get our monitors in front of many potential new clients world-wide,” said Augspurger president, Dave Malekpour. “Once they experience the Augspurger sound and Augspurger’s DSP tuning control, they will become true believers,” added Malekpour. Miloco Gear has acquired three Augspurger demo systems, two of which will be deployed in permanent studio installations for day-to-day use, along with one portable demo system; a pair of the TEC-nominated Duo-8 MiniMains. Robbie Dunne, Miloco Gear’s sales manager, said, “Miloco gear is absolutely delighted to be representing such an iconic monitoring solution for the UK and Europe. Now the best demo rooms in Europe truly have the best monitoring.” The Miloco Group is one of the largest studio management and sales corporations in the world, representing 120 studios in the UK and Europe. The multi-channeled company supports several recording industry services, including studio management, construction and gear sales. Augspuger Monitors builds highly-crafted active studio monitoring solutions, using hardwood horns, porprietary drivers, and DSP-controlled high-output, ultra-low distortion amplifers. Augspurger monitors and hand-built in the USA. For more information, contact drew@augspurger.com, 781-616-6325 www.augspurger.com   www.milocogear.com
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Augspurger Producer Profiles: Jimi Wyatt’s Ginger Studios in Melbourne

Custom Augspurger Towers loaded with 2X15 & 1X18 rock Ginger's control-room in Melbourne http://www.ginger-studios.com Wyatt at work... Ginger Studios in Melbourne is one of Australia’s premier recording and mixing facilities. Owner/producer Jimi Wyatt was determined to bring a true world class studio to Australia’s second largest city. Opened in 2012, the multi-room studio complex is evidence of Jimi’s no-compromise approach. From acoustic design and construction, to an impressive selection of top gear, Ginger is stunning in every detail. Augspurger: “Jimi, tell us how you got started producing music and a little of your back story.” Jimi Wyatt: “When I was about five I started making mixtapes on an old cassette/CD player my parents gave me. It could record either a built-in mic or from one of the two tape decks or the CD player. You could also make it do dumb stuff where the mic would record from the CD that was coming out the speakers, so you could kind of crudely “live multitrack” to tape of something old and something live. You could only make two or three passes before you ended up with heaps of noise, but that’s how I first learn’t to track. I then spent the next 10 - 12 years playing as a percussionist in school orchestras and then some garage bands. I earned a Bachelor of Audio Production at Box Hill Institute of TAFE and then found my feet under the guidance of (veteran alt-rock producer) Jonathan Burnside.” A: “How did Ginger Studios come about?” JW: “When Jonathan closed his studios in Melbourne I needed a new job and didn’t feel like putting all the money into someone else’s pocket. So I started building the list of gear and room design concepts I had for the kind of records I wanted to make. I like so much different music, so I wanted a place that would cater for super slick productions (like Justin Bieber, Jason Derülo) as well as classical and jazz ensembles and indie bands. No compromises; That’s the concept behind Ginger!” A: What led to you choosing Augspurger main monitors?” JW: “Unfortunately I hadn’t heard of Augspurgers at the time we started the room, and I put in a set of monitors that failed so many times that I returned them and decided to do more research in big US studios. Augspurger’s Dave Malekpour lined up a stack of listening dates and I got to listen in some of the best rooms in America (and the world) to Augspurger’s both progressive and classic style monitoring systems. They really combine the best of both old school acoustics - which sound the best - and cutting age digital technology, which overcomes the limitations of the old designs without making it clinical and boring. In a word, they sound like music!” A: “Ginger installed a rare pair of custom Augspurger Dual 15/18 Towers. What led you to that decision?” JW: “What was really cool was how progressive and open Dave Malekpour was, he let my imagination run wild, and took my idea of combining all the drivers into 1 box and together we built the first pair of Augspurger towers. The advantage with these is that they have awesome transient response because the top cabinet isn’t separate to the sub so there’s more mass and you get less movement/rocking of the box. Also, we knew that all the drivers would line up exactly right at install so that Dave could be sure my listening experience would be really close to what he was hearing back at his facility. The only bummer is that you need 6 big boys (or girls) to move them!” A: “How do the Augspurgers influence your tracking techniques?” JW: “Because the speakers are super accurate I can trust them, but additionally they let me do something special in tracking. Normally to get a band feeling great live you have to have them all in the same room. I don’t mind that even with a PA, but some mixers will hate you for any spill at all, so now I track with everyone in the band, except for the drummer who is in the live room and the rest of the players are in the control room with the world’s most accurate PA to vibe off at 120dB SPL, it means we get the best live recordings with as little or as much spill as you want.” A: “How have your Augspurgers made your life better?” JW: “Since installing the monitors my client list has changed too, we’re attracting more high profile clients and most importantly I can put wider smiles on each of my clients’ faces. As well as that, I was connected with Michael Shipley through my old high school and was mentored by him until his passing. He was a big supporter of the Augspurger sound so they get the Golden Ears seal of approval! Another thing they’ve done is make me want to finish my room. Although they work amazingly well as a free standing monitor I’m now intrigued to take the studio to another level and build them into a new front wall so that Ginger Studios can truly become the world’s premiere mix and record facility. These speakers truly are making everything about me and my place better every day. Augspurger. That’s my sound!” Ginger Music/Video Samples and client list here.
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Augspurger Producer Profile: Emilio Urbano, aka A Credible Eye Witness

Augspurger Producer Profile: Emilio Urbano, aka A Credible Eye Witness. Photo: ACEW in the producer’s chair between his purple Augspurger Duo 15 active mains. Click here for September 2015 interview by Techno Bass Augspurger Producer Profile: Emilio Urbano, aka A Credible Eye Witness. Photo: ACEW in the producer’s chair between his purple Augspurger Duo 15 active mains.   Click here for September 2015 interview by Techno Bass
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Augspurger in Session

Augspurger in Session: Rapper Mac Miller absorbs Augspurger vibrations while mixing his new LP at ID Labs Studio with producer Eric Dan. The release, entitled, “GO:OD AM,” drops Sept. 18. The studio’s Augspurger Solo 15 system with 1X18 subs was instrumental in getting the perfect mix and feel for Mac. #feelthemusic Breathtaking Power. Unmistakable Clarity. Augspurger.
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Dre Skull Crosses Brooklyn with Kingston

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THE POWER AND THE GLORY! This Sunday, August 30, Sony Pictures Studios in LA will be lit up by the best and brightest in the music recording and producing industry - it’s the 2015 Pensado Awards! Hosted by a stellar roster of industry VIPs like Chris Lord Alge, Sylvia Massey, Randy Jackson and Young Guru, along with Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, it will be a loud and proud industry celebration to remember. Augspurger is delighted to be a co-sponsor of this event, and to help FEEL THE GLORY, we are providing the music-system for the After Party. We’re talking’ about a 5000-watt Duo 15 3-way system with Dual 18 subs. We originally built this system for Jay-Z in 2007.  It’s now been refurbished and re-loaded with new Augspurger drivers and powered by our jaw-dropping DSP amps. Let’s rename the system, too, shall we? How about The Pensadium? Breathtaking Power. Unmistakable Clarity. Augspurger.
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Mars Miami Studio – @MarsMiamiStudio

Augspurger Duo 15s are luminous in Miami’s hottest new room!
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Augspurger Evolution

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Augspurger Duo 15 / SUB18 system

Sub 18 Custom colors? Yes! White On! Brand new Augspurger Duo-15 and S18 Subs Cabinets in Hi-Gloss white, fresh from the paint booth. Like painting a car, this type of finish takes many coats, including the hand-buffed clearcoat. Per customer’s specs…
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Quad NYC goes MiniMain

Quad NYC goes MiniMain! Quad’s Q3 mixing room now rocks a pair of Augspurger Duo-8 MiniMain monitors. Now all three Quad rooms have Augspurger - Q1 with the Duo-15V, Q2 with Duo-12V and now Q3 with the D8! This ensures consistency of sound from one CR to another. You get the power, precision and performance of Augspurger!
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FLAMETOPS! Augspurger Duo 8 MiniMain

FLAMETOPS! Augspurger Duo 8 MiniMain front baffles in finishing stage. This pair of D8′s was ordered with the 1.5″ figured maple baffle upgrade. Here you can see the baffles and horn in our workshop being hand stained and lacquered, which brings out the amazing flame and grain of the maple. The system is on its way to a Vintage King customer in London.    
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Pushing Boundaries with Dre Skull

Brooklyn-based Producer, DJ and A&R man Dre Skull discusses the mission of Mixpak records, his new studio, and his dedication to bringing up a diverse range of artists in new and organic ways.

Dre Skull Bio   Dre Skull Discography on AllMusic.com   MixPak Artist Roster 1) Dre, give us your own story - how did you come up and how did your producing career start? How did you evolve from DJ to producer? I started out by messing around on a 4-track and pretty basic samplers and over time I taught myself how to produce on a computer. Eventually I got into doing remixes and original productions influenced by all sorts of things – namely regional club and rap music, pop, and dancehall. I’ve also logged some time on the East Coast noise scene, which has been a definite influence on how I think about and make music. 2) Mixpak Records is an interesting new direction in music production, artist development and marketing. You seem to be diversified in to many levels. Can you tell us about Mixpak? Mixpak is a Brooklyn-based independent record label that I started in 2009. I’ve always wanted to do a label that was eclectic but still pop-minded, and I think a lot of the things we’ve accomplished over the last five years fall into that framework: everything from dancehall to rap to bass-music and punk, unified under one roof. We recently opened a new studio space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and continue to grow and deploy new strategies that attempt to adapt to the ever-changing music-business landscape. These are weird but exciting times and Mixpak is striving to play a role in that space. 3) You have an amazingly diverse roster of artists. What are the most recent top projects you are working on or have worked on in the past year? Of course, the newest Popcaan record, “Where We Come From,” was a huge release for us, and it continues to build worldwide. Jubilee just put out her new single that is an amazing take on the Miami bass sound she grew up with, and she is currently working on a larger project at the Mixpak Studios. One of our newest artists is Palmistry from London, he is making some genre-shattering music that is still really melodic and dancehall-inflected in a really interesting way. 4) What is your approach to producing an artist? It really depends on the artist. Ideally, I get to spend some time with them and try to understand their vision and their strengths as an artist. In terms of particular productions, I really like to have them record on a track that is still in process and then shape the final production around what they do. I find that often lends itself to an amazing song.
5) How does owning your own studio fit in to the Mixpak mission and your vision? Mixpak Studios is a great way for us to focus in on what we’re trying to do as a label. It lets us have a home for our artists and the projects we’re working on and it gives clarity to our vision, which is to put the music first. It’s also pretty cool to have our own little clubhouse that can facilitate unexpected and exciting collaborations with a wide variety of artists and friends. 6) Give us a description of the Brooklyn studio: It’s an all around HQ for all our endeavors. The studios were designed by L. P. Swist and include an A Room and smaller B Room production suite. The backbone of the A room is our Augspurger mains system. We decided against a console in our studio, but have a nice patchbay set up with a number of pieces of outboard gear ranging from a Roland 808, a Roland 909, several synths, a Space Echo, a pair of Distressors and more. 7) Discuss the choice of the main monitors . What led you to the Augspurger sound? I have worked in a few rooms with Augspurgers and always been impressed with the sound. Proper low end is such an important part of the music I’m working on, I knew I wanted to have monitors that allow me to push the boundaries of sound and trust that the mixes would work in the club. 8) You chose one of Augspurger’s more compact systems, the Duo-12 with 12” subs. How did that decision come about? The Duo-12 was just the perfect fit for the size of our A Room, so it was a straightforward choice.
Above: Augspurger Duo-12 with S18 subs arrive at MixPak, winter 2015
9) What are your initial thoughts/reactions about the system? Being able to work on music with the Augspurgers on a daily basis has been incredible. The low end, the stereo clarity and the power are amazing. One surprise has been the strength of listening at lower volumes. I didn’t quite realize that you would still get such a good feel for the low end at a relatively quiet level. 10) What record is your first Augspurger mix on your new system? My next Riddim release Blacklight Riddim featuring the dancehall vocalists Konshens, Spice, QQ and Tifa was just mixed on the system. It should see release on May 5 on Mixpak. 11) Who else mixes in your room and what is their reaction to the system? My buddy Mark “Exit" Goodchild has been in a few times to vibe the room and work on some things. Suku from Ward 21 also just came through and mixed some tracks for us. He came up under King Jammy and is an amazing vocalist, producer and engineer. It’s still early days, but so far the response to the system has been amazing. 12) How does having an Augspurger environment make Dre Skull’slife better?

“As a producer, I think this studio will really push me to get back in touch with my initial love for music. Just coming in and listening to music on the Augspurger Duo-12 system has been inspiring.”

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Street beat: Dre Skull in Brooklyn.[/caption]
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Malibu Monitor Madness

Malibu Monitor Madness! Some of the best ears in the business were gathered together on Sunday March 29 in Malibu, CA at film composer Richard Gibbs (beautiful) Woodshed Recording. They were there to listen, compare and contrast six pairs of high-end studio reference monitors from ATC, Guzauski-Swist, Barefoot, PMC and Augspurger’s new Duo-8 MiniMain system. The event was organized by Richard and Vintage King LA’s Chris Bolitho. It was amazing to see all those incredible monitors in one place, along with Hollywood’s A-Listers…or should we call them “A-LISTENERS?” The results? Convincing! Most of the attendees thought the Augspurgers were the best sounding monitors in the room. In a straw poll conducted after the event, the Duo-8′s were ranked first by the vast majority of the listeners. Here are some random comments gathered after the event: ‘As far as just about everybody in the room attested after the shootout, the Duo8s stood ABOVE the rest. With ease.’ “The Duo8s were the absolute winners overall. I have received ten (email) responses - the Duo8s were #1 on eight of the lists and #2 on the other two. Pretty damn good, I’d say!” “The Augspurgers won the shootout on the scorecards, handily.
“ “The most fun to listen to” “The most exciting speaker in the room” “The gap between the Augspurgers and everyone else was substantial” “Duo8s - By a country mile” There you have it! Like an California earthquake, music was felt in Malibu! www.augspurger.com Duo 8 info sheet, click here.
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Augspurger Producer Profiles

Augspurger Producer Profiles: Mix wizard Eric Dan of Pittsburgh’s ID Labs studio sits with his new pair of Augspurger Solo 15′s with 1 X 18 subsWiz Khalifa’s main mixing man chooses Augspurger’s power, precision and performance for his A-List client base. In addition to Wiz, names like Mac Miller, Snoop Dogg, Curren$y, Travis Porter, Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Maroon 5, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, and many more fill out Dan’s impressive list of credits. Read more about ID Labs here.  Augspurger: FEEL THE MUSIC!
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NYC Producers choose Augspurger Duo 12 systems!

NYC Producers choose Augspurger Duo 12 systems!  Above: Pro Audio Design’s Dave Malekpour and Producer/DJ extraordinaire Dre Skull rockin’ a pair of piano-black Duo 12’s at Skull’s Mixpak studio in Brooklyn. Below: R&B Guru Allen George poses with Dave at his Digital Dump studio, outfitted with a Duo-12 system in matte silver. More on both of these projects to come here on Blaugspurger…
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AUGSPURGER Producer Profiles

AUGSPURGER Producer Profiles: In the pro music industry there are thousands of Augspurger devotees who use our monitors to produce hits. Here’s a link to our friend and master mixer Irko, who dropped by the NAMM booth to express his love for the... AUGSPURGER Producer Profiles: In the pro music industry there are thousands of Augspurger devotees who use our monitors to produce hits. Here’s a link to our friend and master mixer Irko, who dropped by the NAMM booth to express his love for the Augspurger sound.  http://www.irko.it He played us a mix he had just completed on the Augspurger system at LA’s 17 Hertz. Our jaws hit the floor when the track came leaping out of the Duo 8 Mini-Main and Solo 15 systems we had there. It’s obvious why he is a multiplatinum talent with credits including Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Diddy, David Guetta and many more! Hi, my name is IRKO and I’m a multi platinum award winning Audio Engineer. In the last 10 years I have Mixed and Recorded 800+ Songs published Worldwide. Born and raised in Italy, I have grown to enjoy books, fine food, good company and aesthetics. …
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Winter NAMM Report: 27 Picks to Power Your Studio

My Winter NAMM started early this year. After a six-hour flight from JFK to NYC, I was more in the mode to make it to my Anaheim hotel, take a hot shower, and pass out before the next day’s convention center fray. But I couldn’t help talking to my friendly cabdriver, whose African accent intrigued me – he was from a small nation in the Horn I knew nothing about: Eritrea. No sooner had I asked him what Eritrean music was like, then he replied solemnly, “I have,” and pushed a CD into the player of his Prius. What I heard was an entirely new flavor for my ears – jubilant but hypnotic, intensely rhythmic yet slower-paced, enraptured and relaxed. I highly recommend seeking some out. The lesson of the moment wasn’t lost on me: there’s so much magic in recorded music. These tracks were captured on the other side of the world, then delivered directly into my consciousness, expanding my sensory palate and therefore my mind. For the next two days, I was face-to-face with the people whose creations make such moments possible. The instruments, microphones, preamps, compressors, plugins and DAWs that are dedicated to enabling such discoveries were close at hand. We were all there to do business, yes, but it’s a trade show that propelled by a uniquely powerful force. As usual, there was far too much great gear and software to track it all down – innovation and ambition is everywhere. Following, find our picks for the most noteworthy new items, sites, and scenes of Winter NAMM 2015.
[caption id="attachment_55915" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] Here’s a signal source for you: the new Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator. It’s designed on a single circuit board, with all vital components under the LCD display. 3 versions (rhythm, sub, factory melody synth) for $59. (All photos: David Weiss, unless otherwise noted)[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55872" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] The HG-2 Stereo Mix Buss Enhancer (bottom unit) from Black Box Analog Design. This substantial unit uses Cinemag input transformers to feed two paths: The main signal path travels through a 6U8A Pentode tube stage that then drives into the Triode stage that follows, resulting in everything from subtle harmonics to full on saturation. For $2780, this is a serious investment in your stereo buss.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55879" align="aligncenter" width="390" class="fbx-instance"] At Dangerous Music, the Convert-2 ($2499) and Convert-8 ($3499) were previewing. Available in Q2, these 1RU units bring Dangerous’ well-known super-transparent conversion into their own box. As usual for Dangerous, there are many unique ergonomic features.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55870" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] The Avid booth was a hotspot, with celeb sightings, plus the debut of Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55867" align="aligncenter" width="480" class="fbx-instance"] Two awesome sets of Augspurgers, the new Duo 8 Mini-Main system(wood finish on right) and Duo 12.3 DSP (silver finish) made their presence known on the floor…[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55886" align="aligncenter" width="480" class="fbx-instance"] …and mixer Josh Connolly, of Las Vegas’ Audio Mix House, approved of what he heard.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55912" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] The Sontronics Mercury, a multi-pattern tube mic with a dedicated power supply, made its debut. Expect an MSRP of $2,000 with Q2 availability.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55888" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] The intriguing K-Mix from Keith McMillen Instruments was on hand. A next-gen audio interface and programmable mixer for live and in the studio, it will list for $499 and be available in April.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55914" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] SSL’s new VHD mic pre for the 500 series is extremely versatile — superclean or driving to crispy distortion.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55916" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] An upstart interface! Tracktion will unveil it’s first piece of hardware this year, the heavy duty Copper Reference. Providing 139 dB of dynamic range, it will be “really expensive.”[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55908" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] And ANOTHER upstart! The RADAR studio from iZ Technology runs Pro Tools natively, within a totally integrated “audio appliance.” Highly configurable I/O and extremely fast workflow made this one of the most talked-about audio innovations on the floor.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55896" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Moog check! This monster module was a beaut.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55907" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Only at NAMM — punkers rockin’ selfies.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55905" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] The PMC twotwo sub2 was an impressive sight in person — it’s slim-line cabinet dimensions make for easy placement.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55911" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Sonnox’ resident genius Rod Densham was present, demonstrating the new LIVE bundle: 6 Sonnox plugins for the Avid VENUE and S3L consoles.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55925" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Historical lore ensued at the Universal Audio booth, where you could grasp the same classic console that tracked “Pet Sounds!” Meanwhile, the just-announced Apollo Expanded Software was a center of attention throughout the show. (photo credit: Amanda Whiting)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55882" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Focusrite unveiled their Clarett line of Thunderbolt interfaces. Under 1 ms of latency, with preamps that model Focusrite’s beloved ISA design.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55883" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Meanwhile, Novation launched the Launchpad Pro. It has many more controls on the surface, and a dynamite light show that also makes it more intuitive for use in Live.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55880" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Dave Smith synths — they’re just cool.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55869" align="aligncenter" width="480" class="fbx-instance"] Auralex’s new ISO-Tone gives the DJ some! It’s specifically designed to take down the vibrations and acoustic feedback that comes with desktops and DJ cases.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55895" align="aligncenter" width="390" class="fbx-instance"] That DEEtroit sound! The Model 2S stereo microphone from Mesanovic Microphones…[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55894" align="aligncenter" width="480" class="fbx-instance"] …with the proud inventor, Deni Mesanovic.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55920" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Super mixer Jack Joseph Puig held court at the Waves booth.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55918" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] The Variax Standard guitar debuted from Line 6. Designed to be more affordable than previous Variax’s, this is a versatile studio tool you can grab for just $799.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55913" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] Soundcraft’s Signature Series of analog mixing consoles brought the company back into the studio, affordably. This Signature 12 has Soundcraft’s Ghost mic pre’s, and Sapphyre Assymetric EQ.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_55875" align="aligncenter" width="390" class="fbx-instance"] Mic icon David Bock and his eye-popping 407, ideal for male or female lead vox with its custom-built k47 type capsule.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_55885" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] The REAL moneymaker at NAMM?[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55884" align="aligncenter" width="480" class="fbx-instance"] Just follow the lines to the food trucks.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55910" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Sennheiser rolled out it’s EW D1 wireless. Extreme ease of use, and 2.4 GHz digital transmission with license-free operation.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55909" align="aligncenter" width="480" class="fbx-instance"] We hearted playing with Rev from Output, a terrific sound design and electronic music tool that goes deep into reversed sounds.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55900" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] A bundle of analog awesomeness from Overstayer Recording Equipmentovertook the M1 Distribution booth.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55877" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Cakewalk made noise of it’s own with the new membership program for SONAR.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55866" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] The Audio-Technica ATH-M70 is their new flagship closed back headphone — definitely worth a listen at $299.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55871" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Bitwig Studio 1.2 arrived — you’ll love what it does with track folders.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55898" align="aligncenter" width="360" class="fbx-instance"] Ridin’ out with the crowds to…[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55899" align="aligncenter" width="390" class="fbx-instance"] The most awesome NAMM ending ever — meeting the incredible Nile Rodgers in the JetBlue line.[/caption]
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Augspurger Monitors Debuts Duo 8 “Mini-Main” System

The sound of Augspurger is still massive – but the famed speakers are getting more and more manageable for compact spaces.
[caption id="attachment_55736" align="alignright" width="216" class="fbx-instance"]The Duo 8, shown here atop the optional S12 sub, is set to debut at NAMM. The Duo 8, shown here atop the optional S12 sub, is set to debut at NAMM.[/caption]
At NAMM, Augspurger Monitors, of Pembroke, MA will announce the launch of their new Duo 8 System, which they are referring to as the first true “Mini-Main” in the Augspurger line. It features the footprint of a midfield — so the free standing, fully active system can allow a much wider range of control rooms to be an Augspurger environment. According to the company, there is no tradeoff in sonic performance, precision or power in the smaller format speakers as compared to the larger Augspurgers. It’s dimensions are just 16-inches wide by 17-inches deep, at a starting price of $15,000/pair. This debut follows the introduction of the Augspurger 12.3 DSP in July, 2014. The first Augspurger Duo 8 system, including S12 subs, will be on display at the Pro Audio Distribution booth # 6411 at the NAMM show, Jan 22 through 25 in Anaheim. Here are more details, as provided by Augspurger: Augspurger Duo 8 System: The Duo 8 is a small-format main studio monitor built around Augspurger’s newly-deigned smaller maple horn with it’s pure beryllium diaphragm, along with dual ferrite magneted eight-inch low/mid drivers. The horn offers extremely efficient response and smoothness for accurate, natural and pleasing high frequency without the limits associated with dome or ribbon tweeters. The Duo 8 system is powered by Augspurger DSP-3/2000 three-way DSP-controlled D-Class power amps with a total of 2000 watts and supplies power for the optional Augspurger S12 single 12” subwoofer. The system can be purchased with or without subs depending on room size and SPL desired. Amplifiers are rear-mounted in to the main cabinets and include software to allow the user or qualified tuning specialist to adjust EQ, phase and crossover to the room and engineer’s preference. The amps have extremely fast transient response, low distortion and extreme detail. With the factory tuning the speaker will perform to mastering-level accuracy, while delivering the high SPL output suited for today’s production requirements; characteristics heretofore afforded by the larger Duo 12 or Duo 15 systems. Duo 8 boasts flat response from 30hz to 20Khz without the sub, and extends down to 20hz when coupled with either S12, S212, S18 or S218 subwoofers.The system is capable of 118db SPL. The Duo 8 system pictured is shown with optional Vintage Flametop maple baffle; standard finishes are Matte Black or Matte Silver. In short, Augspurger’s Duo 8 system is a Mini-Main that packs big speaker power, precision and performance into a smaller package for midfield or main-monitor applications. Pricing starts at $15,000 per pair. Dimensions are 26”H x 16” W x 17” Deep. Augspurger will be at NAMM Booth 6411 in Hall A, for more information or to schedule a demo contact Drew Townson. Drew@augspurger.com
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Augspurger Solo 15

Cali-bound! These beautiful Augspurger Solo 15 cabinets are have just been painted Matte Silver and are about to be lined with internal batting (we use thick insulation made of recycled denim). Then, they’ll be fitted with their drivers, wired-up,... Cali-bound! These beautiful Augspurger Solo 15 cabinets are have just been painted Matte Silver and are about to be lined with internal batting (we use thick insulation made of recycled denim). Then, they’ll be fitted with their drivers, wired-up, tested and tuned. After that, it’s on a truck to The NAMM Show in Anaheim where they will be seen and heard at Booth 6411. This is actually a color photo but looks b&w because of the matte silver finish on the cabinets. Wait till you see the 18" subs that go with them!
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Come see (and HEAR) us at NAMM ‘15! Jan 22-25, Anaheim, CA

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="598"]Come see (and HEAR) us at NAMM ‘15! Jan 22-25, Anaheim, CA#theNAMMshow #NAMM #feelthemusic Come see (and HEAR) us at NAMM ‘15! Jan 22-25, Anaheim, CA[/caption]
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Studio Strategy: The Augspurger Upgrade in Quad Studios’ Q2

Evolution is supposed to happen gradually – biologically speaking, a few thousand years is a nice brisk pace for major changes to unfold. Some elite New York City facilities are operating on a different timeline. This past February SonicScoop reported on the freshly renovated Studio Q1 at Quad Studios, where expanded space and massive new monitoring raised the game in their flagship room. As soon as the dust settled on that project, this midtown citizen – operating in the highly competitive address of 723 7th Avenue where multiple other commercial studios reside – was at it again. Next up in the queue was Studio Q2, which was about to get a renovation and unique amplification infusion of its own. As it turned out, Q2 became the very first installation site for the Augspurger Duo 12.3 DSP, which puts Augspurger’s famously powerful output into a more compact footprint. In this first article in the SonicScoop “Studio Strategy” series, where we look at the business decisions behind facility moves, Quadpartner Ricky Hosn explains the thought process behind the latest upgrades. Dave Malekpour, President of Professional Audio Designwhich integrated the Augspurger system, also joined the conversation.
[caption id="attachment_55153" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"]The sweet spot in Quad's Studio Q2 may sound massive, but the Augspurger system is a compact new design.  The sweet spot in Quad’s Studio Q2 may sound massive, but the Augspurger system is a compact new design.[/caption]
Ricky, Q2 has seen several evolutions. What necessitated the latest changes to that room? We like to keep the studio looking fresh. There are a lot of rooms in the city still rocking the ’80s look and that works fine for some people. We like to take a different approach as we think aesthetics is a huge factor in a person’s creativity. We are constantly updating the look of the studio and the performance of the rooms. Last year we did some major renovations to studio Q1 with John Storyk (of Walters-Storyk Design Group) and Dave Malekpour. Storyk came in and freshened up Q1, which was originally designed by the late Larry Swist. We then called on Dave Malekpour to upgrade our Augspurger system to give the room a sonic boost. With the success that these renovations, it was only a matter of time before we started working on Studio Q2. We began work on Q2 this summer, this time using Quad’s design team to do the renovation. We then worked with PAD on designing a brand new Augspurger system that is suited for a medium-sized room. You had several monitor systems to choose from. What made you go with the Augspurger Duo 12.3 DSP? The driving factor behind the Augspurger decision was the success of the system in Q1. We started discussing a more compact size Augspurger system for Q2 with Malekpour almost right after we installed the system in Q1. Earlier this year the concept started becoming a reality. Considering Quad’s history in the rap scene, installing an Augspurger system in Q2 was a no-brainer – the only reason this was not done before was the size of the Augspurger system. The Duo 12.3 DSP was a perfect fit for our medium-size room. How would you describe the sonic impact of the new system? What is it best suited for? This system is loud! Our clients want to hear their music loud and clear. Not a lot of speakers out there will give you the fidelity an Augspurger can produce at high volume. With two 18″ subs, this system will rattle your brains. A lot of music producers want to work in an environment where their music is heard as it would be in a club or live venue. These Augspurgers will do that while maintaining the clarity needed to produce in a controlled studio environment. The majority of our work is pop/dance and rap music. The Augspurger system does a great job for these genres. In fact, during the testing and tuning phase we go through all sorts of music, and I must say there wasn’t anything that I heard that didn’t sound amazing.
[caption id="attachment_55148" align="alignright" width="300" class="fbx-instance"]Another angle on the refreshed Q2. (click to enlarge) Another angle on the refreshed Q2. (click to enlarge)[/caption]

Dave, what made the Augspurger DUO 12.3 DSP system the right match for Q2? We developed the Duo 12.3 DSP system to address a growing sector of the studio market where users want to have the full range and power of an active Augspurger system, but in a smaller footprint. The system we built for Q2 is a 3-way full range system featuring proprietary Augspurger high output reference drivers including two GA12X-8 12” drivers for midrange, the Augspurger GA4K-BER compression driver with 4” 99.8% pure beryllium diaphragm for high frequency, and the GA18X4 18” LF driver. It’s all powered by Augspurger DSP-3/2500 3-way DSP controlled amps with 2500W/channel (LF 1000w, MF 1000w & HF 500w). These amplifiers offer extremely low distortion from 1w to 96% of power. Quad’s Q2 system is based on the successful Duo 15.3 DSP system employed in Q1. Quad wanted to unify the two control rooms so their clients could more easily work in one or the other and get the same sound quality, tuning, and output to match clients’ requirements. With the Duo 12.3, Q2 now offers a very similar sonic performance with just a bit less SPL. One feature of these systems is high output with accurate low-end performance down to 20hz. Clients using Quad are often looking to hear that full range when tracking of mixing. This allows you to hear how low frequency will be balanced in a way you can’t achieve with a nearfield speaker. Clients wanted to get that same ability in Q2 and now they’re able to book the room to the same clients who were happy in Q1 without them feeling they took a step down. The room is intimate, powerful and most importantly accurate. Another key feature of the system is its compact footprint and ability to be installed freestanding. The amplifiers are rear-mounted, also minimizing needs for additional racks, ventilation or wiring. Amps are elegantly mounted on a custom designed Sound Anchor stand designed to mount both the Duo 12 cabinets and Sub 18’s directly below. This allowed us to fit a main monitor system in a room which previously could only house a midfield. Was there anything further customized about the system that PAD installed in Q2? Though we offer a variety of paint choices, and finishing options, Quad choose our standard Matte Black finish with Black Metallic Speaker Clamps which is a classic look, matching the Q1 finish. As Quad was also the beta-test environment we did end up trying two different sets of drivers to find which worked best to get the same sound as we have in the 215’s in Q1. The final selection has become our standard driver for this system as they are made of extremely light material with advanced voice coil technology, offering ultra-fast response and high excursion.
[caption id="attachment_55147" align="alignright" width="300" class="fbx-instance"]caption Additional seating space is another aspect of the upgrade.[/caption]

Dave, how would you characterize the sonic results that were achieved in Q2 with the system? I will admit that I am highly biased on this, but this system’s performance, accuracy and excitement exceeded all of our expectations. The Duo 12 is an amazingly balanced speaker with crystal clear response from the deepest lows to vocals, to the extreme highs. Partly because of its speed, imaging from the Augspurger horn is stunning, with the ability to hear detail and find subtleties in mix placements not heard on many other systems.
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Tom Lord Alge Augspurger Interview

TLA impressed in South Beach: Dave Malekpour of Augspurger Monitors interviews Grammy Winning mixer Tom Lord Alge about South Beach Studios recent addition of Augspurger Duo 15 main monitor system into Studio A.
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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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Louder than the Crowd: Quad Amps Up Studio Q1

The Legion of Boom – a.k.a. the vaunted defense for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks – was just in town. During their stay in New York City, a visit to Quad Recording Studios’ newly renovated Studio Q1 would have been most appropriate. That’s because things most definitely go “boom” in this Midtown facility’s flagship production studio, which was recently redesigned to make additional space for its high-end clientele. And while they were at it, Quad partners Ricky Hosn and Alessio Casalini have made one of New York City’s loudest rooms even louder. [caption id="attachment_407" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Bigger, badder, LOUDER — the upgraded Q1.[/caption] Making Space Feedback was positive when Q1 launched in 2011, but not overwhelmingly so. The control room provided world-class acoustics, a strong Augspurger sound system, and attracted artists including Mary J. BligeA$AP RockyWaleNeYoSara BareillesTravis Scott and Elle Varner among others. But at just 320 square feet, its original design proved to be too compact for star artists and producers that required room for their entourage — or simply to stretch out on the couch. For the next phase, Quad recruited noted studio designer John Storyk (Electric Lady, Jungle City) of Walters-Storyk Design Group. The remit: maximize available real estate, then pump up precision and power while he was at it. “The concept behind Q1 is building a studio with the producer in mind,” Hosn says. “Everything here is within arm’s reach. It’s a large format room, but the same time one person can run the ship with an easy workflow.” Between the Avid ICON control surface (which remains), the gear-packed producer’s desk in the back (which doesn’t), and frequent clients like 6’7” rapper J. Cole, there simply wasn’t sufficient square footage for work to get comfortably done. Following the update, however Q1 now has breathing room, due to some major tweaks.
[caption id="attachment_49879" align="alignright" width="300" class="fbx-instance"] (l-r) Quad partners Alessio Casalini and Ricky Hosn[/caption]

First off, Storyk oversaw a one-foot pushback of the rear wall, followed by the installation of a custom Storyk back wall diffusor. In addition, the contents of the old producer’s desk were split off into two new custom Storyk-designed racks on either side of the ICON. The result: creation of the much need legroom in the back area, as well as allowing for the addition of a couch, providing a “chill” factor that didn’t previously exist in the room. “It seems like it would be easy, but we had to rewire about five miles of cable,” notes Casalini. “We were pleasantly surprised it hit no problems whatsoever, but that’s because the wiring was done right the first time – that makes it a lot easier. Everything is on DL’s, so the hardest part is tearing down the soffits and getting everything out. These cables are heavy, and when you have 10 snakes together and you’re trying to pull each one individually, that’s the tedious part!” Awesome Augspurger One listen to the room’s recharged Augspurger system confirms that the work was worth it. The sound in Q1 is extremely powerful, while remaining clean and clear across the frequency spectrum. The bass is huge, but it doesn’t muffle the mids and highs. In a way that can only be experienced in the loudest and most accurate world-class rooms, Q1 is a full body ride – it’s a thrilling way to experience music, whether the source is a rough mix or finished track. “This Augspurger system is a joint effort between John Storyk and Dave Malekpour of Professional Audio Design – any time you can have the speaker installer and the studio designer work hand-in-hand, it definitely enhances the studio quality,” Hosn says. “When you change something in the room, you’re changing the sound in there too – so if we were ever going to change the speakers, this would have been the right time.” Upgrades to the Augspurgers were performed by Malekpour’s team at Professional Audio Design, taking advantage of the latest amp, tweeter and subwoofer advances available. “The system we originally installed at Quad Q1 included the GA215V dual 15” vertical mains, powered by Bryston 14B SST for the 15’ mid frequency drivers and Bryston 4B SST for the High Frequency Horn,” Malekpour explains. “That system was controlled by a BSS OmniDrive FDS-366T stereo 3-way DSP based speaker management system, providing system equalization and crossovers, and the subs were a Yorkville powered sub. “The system upgrades include new 4” Beryllium Diaphragms specially built for us by TruExtent, and fitted to our high output compression driver,” he continues. “The sub system installed is a pair of Augspurger GA118S single 18” subs which are fitted with our proprietary 18” driver capable of 20-200hz, 97 db sensitivity, power handling of up to 2000 watts and almost 3” excursion.  The cabinet is front ported and optimized to perform flat down to 24hz.” Meanwhile, system power is provided by a pair of Augspurger DSP-3/2500 – 3 channel Pulse Width Modulation amps with 2500 total watts: 1000 watts to the sub, 1000 watts to mids and 500 watts to the  high frequency horn. “This amp has some amazing specifications with .02% THD (total harmonic distortion) from 1 watt to 1 Kilowatt,” says Malekpour, “and one of the fastest transient responses in any amp I have tested.  It also has no fans, runs very cool and needs standard 120v AC. Quad’s Q1 Augspurger system is designed to provide high output with detail and accuracy, and can be tuned with the onboard DSP via USB, allowing adjustment of the curve to complement the room’s performance. “The DSP is very high resolution and designed for the ability to align timing of drivers, phase, equalization and limiters if you want to protect the system,” Malekpour adds. “The equalization provides up to 16 FIR filters per band if needed, though usually we only need to use three or four filters per band. The EQ can be designed for bandwidth, Q, center frequency, gain and slope.” “Personally I feel my brain shaking when the volume is turned up!” Hosn laughs. “This system brings the excitement of a live show. It’s like being in a club.”
[caption id="attachment_49878" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] The turbocharged Augspurgers take Q1 up to 11 — HUNDRED.[/caption]
Evolution/Essential Word is getting around. Sessions at the new Q1 have included Natalie ImbrugliaHilary DuffTrey Songz and NeYo. Battling it out in NYC’s still heavily competitive world-class recording scene, Quad has rarely been one to sit still. Evolution is a constant here on the 10th floor of 723 7th Avenue, with plenty more action on the way. There is a highly stylish new luxury hotel-style lounge affixed to Q1, which takes full advantage of Quads uniquely inspiring view of Times Square. Meanwhile, a third studio, Q3 – is also in the works and should be on line in the next month or so. According to Ricky Hosn, the reason to keep reformulating an ambitious Manhattan facility is simple. “The people that don’t aren’t in business anymore,” he says. “You have to be observant of the trends, and always be on top of changes in the ways that producers and artists prefer to work.” — David Weiss
[caption id="attachment_49876" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] The relocated rear wall and producer’s desk make a major difference in legroom.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_49882" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"] Get a fresh perspective from the Q1 Lounge.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_49880" align="aligncenter" width="520" class="fbx-instance"]A warm reception awaits. A mod reception ushers you in.[/caption]
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