March 14, 2014
In the final installment of our JBL Hearing the Truth series focuses on the engineers and the architecture behind the design of the M2 studio monitors. These are the monitors that inspired the JBL LSR 3 Series studio monitors and they share the same transducer and waveguide technology, but at a fraction of the cost. JBL Professional president Bryan Bradley hosts this collection of interviews with the engineers responsible for designing and testing the components that make up their studio monitors. The interesting thing to note about JBL and their speaker design is that they craft all of their parts in house. While other speaker companies shop for off the shelf parts to design their systems, JBL has trained specialists and audio engineers manufacturing their own parts which makes JBL’s speaker technology so unique.
In addition to the company’s unique speaker design, their is also a level of quality that …
March 7, 2014
In the second part of our JBL Hearing the Truth series, we dive into the methods JBL uses when testing their loudspeakers for the quality of their construction and fidelity. There are a lot of elements that go into testing different variables from listener tests to rigorous performance tests. Sean Olive, the President of the Audio Engineering Society, talked us through how JBL sets up blind evaluative testing systems so they can determine which factors of a speaker’s fidelity are most pleasing to the trained ear but also the novice listener. Peter Chaikin also showed us the JBL power test room at both their offices in California as well as their manufacturing facility in Mexico. There are plenty of other testing methods utilized so be sure to check out the video to see how JBL incorporates scientific measurements into their product evaluations. If you haven’t seen our first video in …
November 21, 2013
It seems like every major pro audio manufacturer has a studio monitor within their product catalog, so how are you supposed to know which ones are the best? If you are mixing and making music professionally or even doing it for fun, then you really want the flattest response possible. It seems that more and more consumers want to get the studio monitor that’s going to have the best response for mixing down a final piece of content, whether that be your pet project or your professional work. With all of these options out there and everyone claiming to have the best on the market, how do we decide which ones to get?
One contender that debuted earlier this year was the Presonus Sceptre S6 Studio Reference Monitors. When I initially saw them on the NAMM show floor I was a little skeptical of the design until I read more …
June 18, 2013
The way songs are produced these days make it nearly impossible to decompose a track to its basic elements. Take a producer like Flying Lotus who uses a mix of samples, instruments, and digital instruments. It would be difficult to extract piece of information from one of his songs – since none of the instruments used are commonly found. What about classic music that is composed digitally? Do composers try to create songs that are difficult to decompose? I think that many of them would prefer not to sound so digital that they music cannot be replicated by an orchestra. I think that if they had the means, they would rather use an orchestra than a computer.
For the modern composer who is trying to create symphonic pieces of music, their goal is to not stray too far from the types of sound that a real orchestra can produce. Such …
June 16, 2013
There is definitely a trend that DJs and producer follow when looking for new gear and equipment. On one hand they want to be unique and gather their own gear – but they don’t want to run the risk of buying something they won’t like. They are stuck in between their own curiosity and the tried and true gear that most DJs use. There is little variance in this process and that gap between desired and usable gear becomes smaller the larger the selection there is. Think about the hundreds of MIDI controllers that DJs use, yet items like the Novation Launchpad and Novation Dicers get the brunt of the attention.
With speaker and monitors there tends to be two sides to the story. They want quality speakers, and they put the monitor in high regard – yet some of these monitors do too much of a good thing. That …