For decades, a large number of studios have relied on the classic NS10M reference speaker to gain further insight into midrange frequencies, monitor gain levels to cater sessions appropriately for consumer audio products, and overall achieve a genuinely comparative mix. Since 2001 (to the surprise of many) the famed NS10 design from Yamaha’s Akira Nakamura has been out of production and a state of rising prices and second hand trading has been present ever since.

For a full decade Avantone's MixCubes have been known for two stand-out qualities: having equal height, depth and width measurements and - more importantly - offering a unique insight into studio mixes which optimises music for playback on consumer audio devices (think iPhones, radios and in-ear headphones).

Last week we caught up with Community Music Director of Development Sam Johnson who was kind enough to give us a tour of CM’s centre complex in Whitechapel, and talk us through some of the awe-inspiring equipment currently being used in their music tech and recording education process.

It has been a busy year for The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance – 2016 has seen the ICMP attain the status of Learning Partner (ALP) with Avid, add world-class producer Jason O'Bryan to its workforce, and forge a partnership with the highly acclaimed Tileyard Studios in Kings Cross.

First in the new AVANTONE "ButterCream" Series, the BV-1 offers unsurpassed performance at an amazing price. Designed for the ultimate in pro performance, the BV-1 mic body and capsule assembly are precision machined of brass and feature a beautiful retro-butter cream finish.