There are not that many products out there that really help you with your mix as a pair of Auratone speakers.
I've been using a pair of mid-priced monitors for mixing and sound design but haven't really felt that I've been totally in charge of the final mix and sound.
So when I heard that Auratone where making these again I just had to get a pair and jump on the Auratone train.
They definitely don't sound "horrible" as the name they've earned through the years and it really isn't a name they deserve. These monitors are just very honest and really gives you vital information about your mix and sound.
You can get a surgical control of you mids, which I would say is very important to get closer to a good crisp mix that sounds good on any speaker systems.
So if you are tired second guessing your results I really recommend these monitors/speakers.
One of my best buys to date!
Note: You need to drive these monitors through an stereo amplifier because they are passive monitors so take that into your consideration.
I was looking for reference speakers and found that Auratone Cubes are back in production! They really are great reference listening for mixing. They sound so "bad" that they highlight the flaws in your mix instantly, exactly what you'll need! And they are small in size too, you'll find a place for them.
I was already looking for used ones on eBay, but you'll never really know how used up they are. And most importantly, the price is almost the same! I switch monitors during mixing when I feel that I'm losing little focus or sense of balance. They reveal the mistakes. I really can't imagine to have just these in the studio, they are narrowband speakers - 75 - 17000 Hz. But I backchecked the mixes that I've done in the past. The ones that I'm still quite proud of, they sounded good on Auratones and the ones that were just OK, they were no good on Auratones?. And the same goes for any music.
Speakers are really small, no problem to find space for them on your desk (I've heard some use just one speaker for reference, some even don't place them apart for each other for stereo panning, just side by side). They are passive speakers, just find the matching amp.
It was hard to find low-wattage studio amp for them (20 Watts). But as i consulted with some wiser people: you don't really need a special amp for reference. Any decent and pretty flat receiver kind of amp will do. And if you are pro user, you don't need to match the speaker and amp wattage. It's even better to have higher powered amp - more clarity and cleaner sound. Low wattage solid state amp will produce square wave when cranked up and it will destroy the speaker more likely.
In conclusion - great reference, they are very revealing, I get better mixes much faster. They are small, no problem finding space for them. They are the best buy for a long time!
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