How to build a hi-fi version of the Auratone
A piece of equipment that used to be seen in nearly every studio but that I almost never seem to see today is the Auratone cube. Auratones (sometimes referred to as “horrortones”) were really useful as a reference for what your mix would sound like on small, low-fi speakers – no low end to speak of, not much in the high frequencies, and lots of midrange coming out of a single driver. If your mix sounded good on Auratones, the thinking went, you were probably doing something right.
A few years ago, I learned that single driver speakers have something of a cult following among audiophiles, and that some very high-end full range drivers are available. [More…]