FOCAL Spirit Professional Headphones…..



Any Regular readers of this blog will know that every now and then, a product comes along that causes me to shout very loudly….  OK, here goes…

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I’ll calm down for a minute and explain something….

In the same way that certain monitor speakers can ‘colour’ the sound of your mix, i.e. they can accentuate certain frequencies to boost or cut the highs and lows, the same is true of headphones.

In the world of Hi-Fi, this sort of thing is not only common practice, but it is considered one of the prime reasons for buying a certain brand of headphone over another, i.e. you ‘like the sound of them’.

In the world of the recording studio however, exactly the reverse is true. Or should be…..

The goal in recording studios is to monitor exactly what is being output from the desk/computer in order to mix it precisely for your needs. That’s why top studio’s pay literally 10’s of 1000’s of pounds for monitor speakers which accurately reflect your m8ix, warts and all. After all, the last thing you want is a mix that sounds good on your speakers, but sounds dreadful everywhere else (and believe me this is very possible).

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In a studio, you can probably get away with lesser quality headphones when it comes to tracking instruments, and to a lesser extent Vocals, but when it comes to Mixing, (and there are times when you’re forced to mix on headphones, either because of noise constraints in home studios at night, or mixing on a laptop whilst travelling..) there is no way you can afford to compromise.

Here at Scan we take our listening skills very seriously.

We have industry professionals at the heart of our team, and we are merciless when it comes to quality. (Our very own Tom recently paid $2000.00 for his current studio phones..)

Every one of our team was so impressed with these Focal Pro’s that we each bought a pair.

That’s how good they are.


The first thing I discovered when I got them home wasn’t just the detail within the sound, but the stereo imaging was absolutely bang on. You can stand in front of your studio monitors, and match the volume between phones and monitors, then remove them and put them back to your hearts content, the imaging is exactly the same, and that is a very, very good thing.

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Here’s some exciting news for anybody interested in Music and Music Technology. For the first time in many, many years, Manchester is going to be playing host to a Music show at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

The Music Show will take place at Manchester Central on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2013 and will promote the benefits of music, and showcase the latest products and services to musicians, educators and industry professionals.

The two-day exhibition is open to anyone who has a passion for making music, from aspiring bands, musicians and industry professionals to teachers, students and their families.

Chris Martin, Event Manager at Hamerville Media Group, says: “The Music Show aims to inspire anyone who has an interest in making music – it is about widening access to music. Manchester is passionate for making music, and it is the centre for music education which is why we were determined to bring this brand new show to the city.

Scan Pro Audio  will be there in force (We’ve got the biggest stand!!), and we’re going to be featuring  lots of great gear demo’s, as well as the chance to get your hands on some kit, and make some music yourself.

As a special reward to Scan customers, we are pleased to be able to offer you a special 50% off the regular entry price of £10.00.

All you need to do is quote this code SCN3009- and the discount will be applied at the checkout.

We’d love to see you there, so don’t lose this code!!

RME Extended Warranties To 5 Years.

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RME has announced that as from today all products sold though official UK partners will come complete with 5 year warranties.

Here in Scan we’ve considered RME the benchmark in audio card performance that all others should meet for many years now. So whilst they certainly fall under the banner of “reassuringly expensive”, in every benchmark we’ve ever run them against they’ve proved that you really do get what you pay for.

So to go along with those rock solid drivers and great build quality, they’ve now upgraded the standard warranty to a total of 5 years… not that we suspect you’ll ever need it. It’s just more added value and a further great reason to invest in what is already one of the best all round packages on the market.

It’s also remembering that here at Scan we’re not only authorized RME dealers, but also RME Experts and approved system solution providers meaning that whatever your RME needs we have the knowledge and ability to tailor a package that’s right for you.

To claim your extended 5 year warranty on any new RME interface, simply head over to their support pages @ and fill in your details to register your hardware.

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