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In The Spotlight – Aspen Pittman’s Designs

In The Spotlight – Aspen Pittman’s Designs

Aspen Pittman’s designs have been coveted by legendary musicians and record producers for nearly 40 years. His best selling Tube Amp Book has sold over 140,000 copies. He has designed dozens of tube guitar amps, stage and studio microphones, and has designed and built over a dozen unique electron vacuum tubes from scratch.

Aspen’s inventions, such as the Speaker Emulator, changed the way we record guitar, and his Center Point Stereo technology will forever change the way we produce live music. Aspen’s audio designs have earned multiple utility patents both in the USA and around the world, and have garnered top awards in multiple fields including the prestigious TEC award for best microphone design.

So it seemed only fitting to brand his new company simply Aspen Pittman Designs.

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Awave Mix It with FOCAL SM9 Trade In Deal (Limited Time Only)

Awave Mix It with FOCAL SM9 Trade In Deal (Limited Time Only)

Get a pair of amazing Focal SM9 Studio Monitors for $5999.00, when you trade ANY eligible model from brands including  ADAM, DYN-AUDIO, KRK, EVENT, GENELEC, EVE, BAREFOOT, QUESTED, FOCAL, MACKIE, PMC, UNITY AUDIO, YAMAHA.*

These professional studio monitors normally retail for $12,398 A PAIR!

Call Awave on 03 9813 1833 or email to organise you trade in deal today, before stock runs out.

*All monitors traded must be in pairs. Subject to full working & cosmetic condition – offer is limited while stocks last



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Masters of the Craft Featuring the Cold War Kids

Masters of the Craft Featuring the Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett has an instantaneously recognizable sound to millions of indie rock fans all around the world. From his dynamic vocals to his gospel-inspired piano riffs, Nathan’s tone is distinct and mesmerizing.  Having toured for decades and releasing 7 studio albums, he knows the tools he needs to achieve the artistry and production level he demands.  This dedication makes Nathan Willett a master of his craft.

In Nathan Willett’s Own Words

Being a master of your craft just means you know what it is you’re going for and you just go there full steam.

You’re constantly chasing that perfect song, that perfect sound.

Music, as a career, was such a thing I didn’t even know anything that had made a career in music growing up. For me, it came late. I was 25 when we started playing and started touring and realizing that it actually could be a career.

We were lucky from the first record to have a specific kind of sound that was a very Cold War Kids sound. I don’t wanna stray too far from it, so I wanna write the best song that I can within the parameters of that piano and that bass and the voice and how it all works together in forming that certain kind of energy that Cold War Kids has. I wanna write the song that has all those elements that we had from the start.

I think, in a lot of ways, the production is so much more accessible, therefore it’s a lot easier to crank stuff out, but it is important to still have a perspective, to have taste and a voice. For me as a writer and a musician, I’m glad that I have all these tools but I also know what it is that I like and what I wanna do with it.

Because of the way that we make records now, having a great studio monitor where I can be at home and listen to mixes and just to know that what I’m hearing is, in some ways, gonna be the best case scenario that anybody’s gonna hear. You wanna leave it open to knowing that it’s gonna be a different color in a club or in the car on the radio. You just want that clarity. In a a lot of ways, knowing this is the clearest version that anyone’s gonna hear this music through, yeah, it’s important that you have that clarity.

I first learned about Barefoot speakers through our producer, Lars Stalfers. He uses Barefoot. I have those Barefoot MicroMain45s. It’s just so great. As an artist, I’m not gonna be doing the meticulous side of mixing, but it just helps me to know that everything is there and this is the best case scenario of how this music is gonna sound so I can feel confident that what I’m hearing is the full picture.

– Nathan Willett, American Songwriter & Musician

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Barefoot – Manny Marroquin Masters of the Craft

Barefoot – Manny Marroquin Masters of the Craft

Multi-GRAMMY Winning Mix Engineer, Manny Marroquin has had his hands and ears on nearly 250 million records, 40 #1 hits and 100 Top 10 albums with artists that include; Eminem, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, SIA and The Rolling Stones to name a few. His vision and technical savvy combined with immense creative ability have made Manny a true master of his craft.

In Manny Marroquin’s Own Words

To become a master of your craft, you’ve got to be passionate about what you do. I think there’s a lot of people that get in this business for the wrong reason.

You’re work ethic has to be there to keep perfecting that craft.  You gotta make sure that, when you face adversity, you’re able to adapt to it.

I used to say, I can mix anything from Leon Rhymes to Busta Rhymes. I try to be a chameleon to whatever they are giving me. I’m just a fan of music, really.

I think it’s the best time to be a producer right now, and you can do everything in your basement, in your bedroom. You can have quality equipment that will get you from a) to b) and I think the tools today are better than ever.

In the art form of mixing, I feel it’s not only what comes out of the speakers at the end of the day, as the journey and how to get there, and we’re always looking for inspiration.

I think the key is, the studio monitor. Does that monitor inspire you? Whatever I drive in to it, i gotta be able to get influenced with what comes out.

And you have to be able to push it a certain way that, you know it’s limits, and you know what you can do with it.

Barefoot Sound. The very first time I heard about it, it was at a trade show, and I saw these monitors that looked different from everything else, and then I was at a studio in San Francisco, and this guy had them, and he was raving about them, and he played me a mix through ’em, and I just immediately fell in love with them because they were just powerful. They were punchy. They were musical. They were not too pretty, but yet not too raw. All the things that I look for in a monitor.

I can really, really turn them up, or, I can turn them way down when I’m writing vocals, when I’m doing intricate rides, I can really turn ’em down and hear everything, and that’s pretty special. There’s not a lot of monitors that you can do that with. – Manny Marroquin, Multi-GRAMMY Winning Mix Engineer

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Focal Announce New Shape Twin Monitors And Pro Headphones

Focal Announce New Shape Twin Monitors And Pro Headphones

Focal Announce New Shape Twin Monitors And Pro Headphones

Focal has extended their range with 3 new products that they will be showing at NAMM 2018. The Focal Shape Twin, 2.5-way monitoring loudspeakers together with the Listen Professional and Clear Professional headphones.

Shape Twin Monitor Speakers

Focal Shape Twin

Focal is expanding the Shape range with the new flagship, Shape Twin. This 2.5-way monitoring loudspeaker is designed to offer great performance from only a distance of 1 m. The compact design is intended to make it easy to integrate even into the most cramped of rooms.

The Shape Twin monitor speakers feature two passive radiators, woofers equipped with a new Flax cone, and the latest “M”-shaped Aluminium/Magnesium inverted dome tweeter.

The Shape Twin is made in France, just like Shape 40, 50 and 65 and have been designed to meet the needs of near-field monitoring, these monitors combine an ingenious design and numerous settings optimised for the acoustics of small listening rooms.

The compact design is intended to make it easy to integrate even into the most cramped of rooms. Finally, its 2.5-way design gives it a real advantage when it comes to controlling the bass and lower mid-range registers which are the hardest to control in small rooms.

Focal describes the Shape Twin’s five innovations as presenting “a remarkable tonal balance, with very wide and precise stereo imaging. The low frequencies are well defined as well as controlled. The low-mid and mid ranges provide a true neutral sound”.

The Shape Twin is expected to be available in April 2018.

Clear Professional Headphones


Clear Professional is a variation from the brand new high-end headphones, Clear. These are Focal’s first reference headphones designed especially for the professional audio industry.

These open-back headphones benefit from Focal’s latest technological innovations launched with Clear and Utopia. The dynamics, the open-back design, the neutrality and the ability to reveal the slightest details of the audio spectrum make them perfect for producers, sound engineers and musicians looking for total control over their work, regardless of the environment. The Clear Professional headphones are expected to be available in February 2018.

Listen Professional Headphones


Focal are replacing their Spirit Professional headphones with the new Listen Professional which are equipped with brand new highly-tested mechanical components designed for intense use. These closed-back headphones have been designed to offer acoustic performance and maximum comfort. Like Clear Professional, they are supplied with a rigid carrying case to offer protection while travelling. The Listen Professional headphones are expected to be available in February 2018.

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In The Spotlight with Focal’s Limited Edition White Alpha Active Monitors

Focal Alpha White

In The Spotlight with the Focal’s Limited Edition White Alpha Active Monitors

Focal is pleased to introduce a special limited edition of the popular Alpha 50 and Alpha 65, which are known for their no-compromise studio-centric design and subtle yet impressive sonic character. The new Focal Limited Edition White Alpha Active Monitors have specifications identical to the black edition. This fresh aesthetic redesign projects a new side of the Alpha series and is available only in limited quantities.

Available in both 5 & 6.5 inch sizing. The Focal Alpha series are the studio purist’s choice of nearfield monitors and deliver a detailed, majestic sound. They perform just as well with traditional instrumentations as with pumping electronic music and boast a generous frequency response range within +/- 3dB. The adjustable shelving EQ make it possible to tailor the Alphas to the room acoustics and to personal taste.

Alpha Highlights

  • Excellent monitoring quality with wide, well-balanced dispersion keeps the same sound throughout the room
  • Aluminum inverted dome tweeter allows for precise and extra high frequency range
  • Polyglass speaker cone made in France delivers superior damping and rigidity
  • Optimal acoustic integration allows identical tonal balance at varying volumes and low sensitivity to wall effects
  • Custom designed Dual Class AB amplification provides efficiency and performance

For further information, visit the product pages below.

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Focal Alpha 80, Best Speakers In Their Category!

Focal Alpha 80

Focal Alpha 80, Best Speakers In Their Category!

We’re proud to announce that the Audiofanzine community has just voted Alpha 80 as the best 8″ monitoring loudspeaker under €700 per pair!

A historically renowned player in the high-end market, Focal is now also recognized in a more affordable segment dedicated to home studios.

This is really a coup de maître, as history has shown that high-end brands are generally faced with difficulties when trying to make their mark in a more entry-level market.

The Alpha line has enabled Focal to focus and reach a new customer base, and this has also had an extremely positive impact on the Brand’s reputation.