Barefoot’s Best Becomes More Affordable with the MicroMain45
The Barefoot MM45 MicroMain45 is the smallest model of the esteemed MicroMain series. Featuring the same amplifier, driver, and Multi-Emphasis Monitor Emulation technologies as the flagship MiniMain12, the MicroMain45 is stripped down to the bare essentials in order to deliver renowned Barefoot resolution and translation at a more affordable price. Prepare yourself for the Barefoot revolution!
Despite the advantages of high resolution monitors, Thomas Barefoot realizes that many engineers still use their NS10M’s † and mix cubes as secondary references. These speakers have long traditions and people find them familiar and useful for focusing in on certain aspects of their mix. However, crowding one’s console with those extra boxes degrades the sound field of the primary reference monitors. Not to mention, they are no longer manufactured, they need amplifiers, cable runs, and they consume more studio space. The solution is to make the MM45 sound and translate like those speakers.
With the turn of a knob one can switch from the MicroMain45′s brutally revealing “Flat” response to the warmer and sweeter “Hi-Fi” setting, generically emulating the sound of some high end consumer audio gear. More specifically the “Old School” setting closely emulates the sound of the NS10M nearfield, while the “Cube” setting emulates the mid-centric sound of classic mix cubes. The idea is not to perfectly replicate every subtle quirk of these venerable old speakers. That would be impossible. But the MM45 can capture the essence of how they behave and translate, modeling their frequency, phase and transient responses, dynamic compression and even specific distortion components. If you know how to work on these speakers you will feel very comfortable working on the new MM45′s emulation settings.
The Barefoot Difference
Founded on the idea of creating a new type of audio monitor, Barefoot Sound was started by Thomas Barefoot to meet the growing needs of small to mid-sized project studios. By offering well-designed monitors that could take the space of several sets of speakers, audio enthusiasts are able to have more room for other types of gear, while still having an impeccable monitoring system. The new Barefoot Sound MM45 monitors follow in this lineage of incredible speakers like the MicroMain27, MicroSUB and MicroMain35.
Cabinet: 14 liters total internal volume, Sealed woofer and midrange enclosures, Machined aluminum baffle plate, Long fiber wool acoustic damping throughout
Crossover Frequencies: 600 / 2500 Hz
Reviews and Testimonials
“I need a monitor that is just very clean and precise and doesn’t add to the chaos I’m already creating. What surprised me about (the MicroMain45s) was most of the time, when I use monitors, it takes me a while to get used to them in the room they’re in, and the first time I put these guys in my office, it was like I was just already acclimatized to them. It was strange. It’s never happened to me before. It was like there was no, normally I’d have to listen to a ton of prerecorded albums and stuff that I know and get used to everything, and I didn’t have to do that with these. Yeah, I mean, I just really think they just give a real representation of what is being played and it just helps me create.” - Alex Da Kid, GRAMMY-Nominated & Multi-Million Selling Record Producer
“The most important thing for me is that what I’m hearing is true, that I can trust what I’m hearing, and also a speaker that’s going to give me the positioning that I want, the detail that I want. I get into such finite detail of positioning and delays, and delays that go into reverbs. Maybe you don’t hear the delay, you just hear the reverb, and the reverb has reflections, but reflections have to cut off before the next part comes in, so my listening experience has to be absolutely precise.
I’ve been working with these Barefoots, the mm45s, now for about a month, and really love the definition in the high mid-range. The bottom end is great, it’s warm. I always love a lot of bottom end in my mixes, but the hardest thing on most speakers is to get that definition in the mid-range, because that’s where you hear a lot of the reflections in your reverbs and a lot of the delays.” - Adam Moseley, Producer/Engineer/Mixer (U2, Beck, Lenny Kravitz)