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Auratones and the like? Dynamic Microphones
Old 21st September 2002
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Auratones and the like?

Just wondering how many of you have used/endured using
Auratones (or similar) for reference checking your mixes?

Is there something special about the "real Mc Coy", or would a
visit to "The Shack" be comparable?
What brand of T.P. is best-oops, wait that's for NS-10's!

Thanks
Chris

P.S. Just looking to check mid-range, and whether a vocal is too
far back or too much in front mainly.
Old 21st September 2002
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I've used both and vote for the "shack" version...

Little $9.00 cube... sounds just as crappy and is an eye opener sometimes when you think you're mix is perfect (oops!)... YMMV

Old 21st September 2002
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That was quick-thanks!

Chris
Old 21st September 2002
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Auratones rock!!!!!!!!!

I love me to bits and are totaly different to NS-10's which i also dig... so getting a mix to sound half decent on both is a sure sign of a good mix to me.

Drive them with a crusty amp to make it more life like!..lol

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 22nd September 2002
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Thanks Wiggy for your comments.
If I score a pair of NS-10's for a reasonable (read cheap!) amount
it might be fun to work with a piece of history.
I tried the M-Audio Studiophile SP-5's a while back and they were
rather harsh to my ears.

Chris
Old 22nd September 2002
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I believe the Aurotones have only one speaker per box, no crossover. Some guys really trust the mids because of this fact. I remember someone posting a link on one of the forums to what looked like a very nice mono radio with a single speaker, suggesting it as a mono speaker to check as an alternative to the mains. The beauty or the RS stuff is that it's a worst case, especially if you get the worst cheapest ones. There doesn't seem to be a good arguement to get the best speakers RS has.

Bear
Old 22nd September 2002
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I use a small pair of sony walkman breakout speakers rather than the horrortones. But i find that whichever brand you have it seems better to Under drive them than to send too hot a signal to em

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Sorry bout the avater arrangement But I couldnt resist it...<g>
Old 22nd September 2002
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Ditto.. about aurotone midrange.


the top end and bottom end of the aurotone are pretty even and sound kinda similar to an NS-10 which is kinda ****ty but still reasonable, just not great in extended 'HIFI' response.

But inthe mid range the aurotones excell becuase they will tell u pretty accurately how 'loud' things are int he mid range inr ealtion to the rest of the spectrum.... Ive often been caught out when i though the mix was bitchin on the usual monitors (not NS-10) and the aurotones really gave me the 'real world' perspective. The snare was'poking' out way too much which was being clouded by the monitors....

As i said b4 i find a happy marriage between getting things to sound good on the NS-10's and the aurtones.... both ****ty paper cones speakers.

Seriously considering getting a chep sub for the NS-10s int he near future.. cos i's gota have me some good bitchin bass!

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 22nd September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wiggy Neve Slut
The snare was'poking' out
Excellent example of how important these crappy little speakers can help! I like the RS 04A02 (branded by RCA) 'cause I think that spending $100 for a pair of horrortones is criminal. The Shack brand has a 4" speaker in a little black cube and sells for $9 each. While I've never A/B'd them, I used the Auratones years ago for the same purpose. I drive them with an old Pioneer tuner. Works for me!
Old 22nd September 2002
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G, I'm actually looking for those RS speakers on their website (www.radioshack.com) and having no luck with the named model or the $9 model. Any help?

Is the $9 a single element per side? Score!

Bear
Old 22nd September 2002
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Bear, I went to the RS site and couldn't find much on 'em, but they are: RCA XTS-50AV Full-range shielded A/V speaker (catalog #400-5024)

They "normally" sell at the shack for $18.95/each but they seem to be a perennial "on-sale" item at $9.00

Give your local shack a call... they'll know these beasts when you ask about 'em...
Old 22nd September 2002
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Not for sale in the online catalog, but the specs and other info on them is there. Magnetically shielded, too. I'll start calling some shacks until I find them. Thanks!

Bear
Old 23rd September 2002
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Horrortones are great tools. If your bass is bangin' on the Auratones, it will be massive on the mains. They are also very useful for the trick were to send a snare to one, place it on a snare drum in the live room, and re-mic it. I use the two-track speaker as well. I want my stuff to bang universally, no matter if you're in a night club, your pad, and on hold waiting for someone to pick up at Guitar Center.
Old 23rd September 2002
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what r some amps that works w/ auratones ?
Old 25th September 2002
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Just got a set of Realistic Minimus 7's (new in box!) off e-bay for $51.

Chris

P.S. Also scored a Beyer M88TG for $150, supposedly in excellent
condition, so I'm stoked.
Old 25th September 2002
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I like Minimus 7's too. They sound much better than the RCA's Radio Shack currently sells.
Old 25th September 2002
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Yeah they'll look nice next to my Genelec's! (I wish)

Chris
Old 29th September 2002
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everyone used auratones (awfultones) in the 70s. great reference for bad audio....but even the worst of stereos today has a better frequency response....i have switched to audix pma5s for my lowfi reference...they ain't great but i find they are just enough better than the average boombox that they don't fatigue me out....
Old 29th September 2002
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I use the RadioShack (RCA)ProX44AV's. Supposedly they're the replacement for the Minimus 7's. Though I've never A/B'ed them to see how close they were they certainly do what I need them to do.
Old 30th September 2002
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mixer, I have a pair of Audix pma3s's (the smaller ones) too.

Chris
Old 30th September 2002
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Ghetto blaster (Sony) with RCA jack inputs on the top
A lot of mixing gets done on them...
Old 30th September 2002
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chris do you like to use them to hear reverb trails....i apply all the reverb and echo levels on the audix.....
Old 30th September 2002
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Gary, flattered by that question, however, keep in mind that 3 or
4 months ago I didn't understand what a reverb tail WAS.
Will try to leave my fledgling comments on that after I try the
Minimus's out.

Chris
Old 2nd October 2002
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Spent a bit of time with the Minimus 7's and I like them too.
They seem like you can get a pretty good idea of a general blend
and the midrange which is what my expectation was.

Chris
Old 5th October 2002
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George's RCA one ways are being discontinued. Get 'em while you can. They were going at $9 a speaker today, got the last pair in the Shack I went to.

Now the quest for the right amp to match them to. I think my grandfather's old Scott tube Hifi might be anti-Horrortone, but I think I'll try it anyway.

Bear
Old 6th October 2002
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Yo Bear! Glad you got'em while the gettin's good... I'd better pick up some back ups since they're headin' "out-o-here" (harry kalas baseball announcer inflection) Let me know how they work for you!!
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