Tin Man

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Oct 23 15 12:23 PM

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Perfected by Jack Wilson in his California garage in 1958, the Auratone Super Sound Cube reference monitor is a legend in the recording, broadcasting, and motion picture industries for its unfailing ability to represent mixes as they will so often appear in the “real world” – on small-format, zero-crossover loudspeakers. At the upcoming 139th AES Convention in New York City. TransAudio Group will be showcasing the Auratone Sound Cubes at Booth #935 and will be giving away a pair of speakers every day of the show to the lucky sweepstakes winner.

Auratones found their way into studios and recording trucks around the world in the 1970s and 80s because they were ridiculously affordable and represented a common-denominator tool that every engineer was familiar with. Most importantly, Auratones have a seemingly magic ability to raise an auditory “red flag” on any aspect of a mix that is imperfect. Alex Jacobsen, Jack Wilson’s grandson, has now taken the helm of Auratone. With the help of other family members, Alex provides Super Sound Cube components from contemporary suppliers in the USA to build a modern “5C Super Sound Cube” that has the exact same sound and magical properties of the vintage Auratone cubes.

“When I first heard that the Auratones were being provided by Alex, I asked for a vintage pair and a new production pair to play around with in my office,” explained Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group, Auratone’s new U.S. distributor. “I put up some great mixes and some terrible mixes and some individual tracks, and it’s obvious why so many engineers swear by Auratones. They make good mixes obviously good and bad mixes obviously bad. Moreover, and unlike the cheap Auratone knock-offs, Alex’s new production sounds exactly like the vintage Auratones. There was no attempt to improve or alter the sound at all.”

“It took a lot of time,” said Jacobsen. “I pored over box after box of my grandfather’s specs, drawings, and records. I found new suppliers in the USA and carefully tested all of the huge number of possibilities to find combinations that were repeatable and that had the exact same sound as my grandfather’s vintage Sound Cubes. Our standards are strict because these ARE Auratones, they’re not a knock-off! It was daunting, but I got help from other members of the family, including my mom, who remembers helping my grandfather in the shop in the 1970s.”

In an age when more and more consumers are listening to music and watching programming using computer speakers, ear buds, car stereos, Bluetooth speakers, and so on, Auratones have a new relevance. “The Auratone Sound Cubes are a more professional and consistent way to check your mixes than running out to your unique car or listening on your unique boom box,” Lunde said. “And at $350 a pair, the price is right. In fact, they’re a great option for engineers on the go – it’s easy to take a small pair of Auratones and a small power amp and have an in-the-box recording or mix station set up anywhere. And the beauty of course, is that when it sounds good on the Auratones, it will sound good anywhere!”

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Platinum Blonde

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Oct 23 15 6:12 PM

Wonder how they compare to Avantones? I've had both types of Avantones, for various purposes. They're definitely 'redesigns'.

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Ruby Baby

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Dec 8 15 1:23 PM

Way back when,Record Plant switched ROR Cubes in their rooms (I think Shelly Yakus had found them), and I still have some.
and they sound orders of magnitude better than Auratones.

still,I rarely find I use cubes for monitoring anymore; now that playback on car stereos are no longer my main concern

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Ruby Baby

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Dec 8 15 8:14 PM

I have a pair of ROR monitors over my garage. I use them once in a blue moon when I need a second or third pair. They were a NY company, weren't they?

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Gold Finger

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Dec 11 15 12:10 PM

I also have a pair of ROR bookshelf speakers, use them for mixing at home. Bought new at Crazy Eddie in the early 80s by my parents, still sounding good after I replaced the foam surrounds a few years ago. They were made by Ted Rothstein, who some of you may know - he was chief engineer at Bearsville in the 70s and appears to still be involved in audio - here's the bio from his website. apologies for the thread hijack!


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