A horrible lassitude has settled over us, and the uncommon exchange between winter and spring is here. South by Southwest is done. Over. Finished. Messe is in the air [so is NAB], the fallout from the inevitable “what about’s?” connected to last month’s SOFTWARE PARADE and who should have been in the ambitious and arguably incomplete issue [Gerhard Lengeling didn’t call us back, Gilad Keren we didn’t call back . . . mea maximum culpas] still reverberate in our heads as we dig in to May to consider: the speaker.
A pair of genius Genelec 8050As: 8" 2-Way Active Nearfield Studio Monitors.
Love these things. Love them. I’d have dedicated the whole issue to them but outside of being insane, it’s only the tip of a much more gooned-out iceberg that has me falling deeply and lastingly in love with what is inarguably the terminus of each and every one of our recording, producing efforts.
Again: the speaker.
You see, the speaker/monitor sits at the end of every single one of our roads that began with a song, a line of dialogue, or a single beat. And so we honor it here with COOKIE MARENCO’s extended treatise on her search for the perfect speakers, VIVEK MADDALA’s scientific screed on why it’s not the monitor, it’s the room, stupid, ANDERTON’s take on his hatred of speakers, and TOZZOLI on managing your bass.
Add to this our cover story on the inimitable inventor genius BOB HEIL and an expanded Gearhead that runs reviews around speakers, speakers, and even more speakers and you have what’s sizing on up as a keeper of a meditation on the last place in space for sound on its journey from machine to man.
You can’t get anymore complete than this without talking to an ear doctor.
Enjoy. We are.