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Blue Ella

Manufacturer Blue

Price £699

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Web www.bluemic.com

Blue Microphones used to focus on high-end mics, but over recent years, the company has concentrated on cost-effective solutions and now offers a broad range of microphones for studio and desktop. Last year, the company announced the Lola and Mo-fiheadphones which were another different move: headphones designed from the ground up with a very distinctive look and way of fitting to your head. The design brought a lot of praise, as did the sound, not least from us, and we gave both sets great reviews.

The new Ella headphones use the same intrinsic design, but go a few steps further for sound quality, hence the much higher asking price (the previous Blue offerings were in the region of £200 to £300).

The big selling point here is twofold. The Ellas use a Magnetic Planar driver design, with a very thin surface, to offer a detailed sound. Because this design generates lower levels, the phones also come with a built-in amp. You don’t always need the extra oomph, so can choose not to have it, or use an extra mode that offers a little extra bass. We found this latter mode was subtle and not really required, as the beauty of Blue headphones is that design. It utilises six joints and, when you unpack them, you almost unfurl them to open up and fit on your head. It’s very clever and It means the phones fit very snugly, which does help the sound and the isolation – helped by the closed-back design.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale from Thursday 17th August and we’re honoured to be the first magazine to present a feature on the brand new studio facilities at the legendary Abbey Road studios: The Gatehouse and the Penthouse. To mark this occasion we bring you a giant Abbey Road special, featuring a studio tour, a COMPLETE gear list, an interview with iconic producer John Leckie (who begun his career at AR) as well as hands on tutorials designed to show you how to re-create the Abbey Road sound at home! We’ve also got a disc packed with Abbey Road related video content for you to feast your eyes on. Elsewhere this issue we have features looking at the history of the Korg MonoPoly, 6 ways to cheat at making music as well as our usual plethora of reviews including the Pioneer Toraiz AS-1 and Novation Circuit 1.5 and a wide range of tutorial content.
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