Music & Sound Retailer June 2021, Vol 38 No 6

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z z u B On the Record

X Marks the Spot

Austrian Audio’s new Hi-X65 professional headphones feature Hi-X (High Excursion) technology. In addition to the large, open and detailed sound, it also provides the highest level of comfort, stated the company. The ear pads are made of soft memory foam and have been completely redesigned to provide more space for the ears without increasing the external dimensions. The soft memory foam padding of the headband has a recess for the head seam and thus significantly reduces the contact pressure. All moving and load-bearing components are made of metal for maximum load capacity. It has a sturdy folding construction and comes with a carrying bag. Additionally, the headphones allow to work with a large number of feeders: Thanks to the impedance of 25 ohms, the greatest possible power and headroom are always available, no matter if the sound source originates from highend headphone amplifiers, reference AD converters, ​​ analog mixers, mobile players or notebooks, stated the company. The standard 3.5 mm stereo jack plug ensures the highest possible consumer compatibility, and an adapter to a one-quarter inch stereo jack is included for professional connections, stated the company.

The “Hal Leonard Recording Method” is an introduction for anyone interested in learning the basics of recording audio for bands, singer/ songwriters, and more. Veteran studio engineer and author Jake Johnson takes readers through the fundamentals of audio recording, from gear and set-up through mixing and mastering, sharing tips and guideposts along the way. This book features valuable audio demonstration tracks and video tutorials that are accessed online for download or streaming. The book is also full of helpful photos and screenshots. Topics covered include digital audio basics, basic gear and setup, inputs and outputs (I/O), audio sources and microphones, capturing and editing audio, plug-ins, effects and signal processing, mixing, mastering and more. Jake Johnson is the senior producer, engineer and owner of Paradyme Productions, an award-winning recording studio and production facility in Madison, Wis.

I’m BAAACK! A Ture Heavyweight

Evans Drumheads debuted the UV Heavyweight Dry Snare Head. It features two plies of 10 mil film, providing maximum durability, compressed attack, and a wide dynamic range, stated the company. The three mil Reverse Dot lends extra durability, focus, and attack in the center. Precision-drilled dry vents further reduce overtones and sustain. Paired along with our patented UV coating, this head is designed for the heaviest of hitters. This line extension to the Heavyweight will be available in 14 inches.


PRS Guitars announced the return of its popular Archon amplifier. The new lineup features both a 50-watt 1x12 combo and a 50-watt head with matching 1x12 and 2x12 cabinets. Fans of PRS amps may have noticed the model disappear from the lineup at the start of 2021, but the Archon is now back and better than ever, stated PRS. It is a commanding two-channel amplifier with versatile lead and remarkable clean channels. The lead channel’s gain controls have been voiced to provide more variety of tones, from earlier/more traditional rock to the Archon’s signature searing metal. The clean channel has remarkable clarity and offers a great pedal platform thanks to its ample headroom. The Archon is powered by two 6CA7 power tubes, which offer the best combination of EL34 and 6L6 tubes. JUNE 2021