I have created Auratones

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Marcus Black, May 9, 2005.

  1. Marcus Black

    Marcus Black Guest

    Had fun today, here's what I did. Finished mixing a song a couple of days ago and i had borrowed one Auratone speaker from my neighbouring studio for mono-vintage-radiobroadcast-midrange-sounding monitoring. I usually do that to finetune mixes, tells right away if something sticks out too much. Returned the Auratone and missed it right away. Figured that basically the whole thing is just a one speaker/sealed enclosure thing with limited freq resp. Went to the music shop and found a small active speaker, Behringer MS16. It's a two way speaker with a bassreflex port on the front but what hit me was that the woofer seemed to be the same size as the one in auratones. And the price is only about $90 for a pair so that was not too much of a gamble if it had not worked out. Back in the studio I filled the bassreflex port with a piece of a towel so it filled up very tightly and I put som black self-adhesive film to cover it. then I opened the thing and disconnected the HF-driver so only the woofer is sounding. I also covered that up with some cloth and black film for the loox. The thing has a bass and treble control and i turned them way down. Hooked it up to the mono-sum output of my mixer and, yes, it sounded as auratone as only an auratone can. A little tweaking on the eq got me even closer, now I can hardly tell the difference between them. So the result is an "active auratone" for $90. Oh, sorry it's a pair of them if I do the mod on the other one aswell. This thing is so useful it's worth the money many times over.
  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001

    Did you bypass the crossover?

    The speaker in the auratone is not a woofer, per say.
  3. Marcus Black

    Marcus Black Guest

    Of course, the crossover is taken out. Sorry for the incorrect term regarding the speaker, my english can certainly be improved.
  4. Danthomir

    Danthomir Guest

    I've completely missed the clue...
    Why on earth would you want a speaker that sounds like that!?
  5. Marcus Black

    Marcus Black Guest

    Whoops, need to back off a bit... there was an eq across the mixbus when I tried them out which gave them the auratone character, without that, nope ! Now they sound more like a regular tv-set, which is quite useful aswell (with the hf-driver back in). Sorry, the eq fooled me (and was by the way tweaked quite a lot). Have not created auratones.
  6. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Hmph, got my hopes up for nothing.

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