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Why use one capsule when you can use four? Mike Hillier explores the rectangular world of the AT5047 condenser…

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Usually, when you hold a largediaphragm condenser mic up to the light, you can see through the grille to the capsule – a roughly 25mm-diameter circle, but hold the Audio-Technica AT5047 up to the window and you’ll see something altogether different. Instead of a single circular capsule, the AT5047, like its sibling, the AT5040, houses four rectangular capsules, each approximately 25mm x 15mm. Audio-Technica isn’t the first microphone to use rectangular capsules of this kind – the idea was developed by Rune Rosander of Pearl Microphones in the 1950s, and both Pearl and Milab have a range of rectangular-diaphragm microphones to this day.

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Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…