First off, we have new monitors here from French company Focal. These have replaced the longstanding Event Opals that were originally here.
Whilst I had made 100 records on the Opals, I had to eventually come to terms with what was actually lacking in the mid range. A few freelance people had noted that they weren’t comfortable with them either. I had grown accustomed to their nuances and how to work with them, but in the end there was something missing. They are amazing 2 way speakers, probably the best 2 way studio monitor in their range. The difference with the Focal twins though is that when there is something problematic between 1kHz and 4kHz it puts it right in your field of vision.
I feel this isn’t specific to the room here, as I have encountered this problem at a few different studios.
One of the drivers takes care of 40-150Hz and the other works in a larger band of bass and midrange. Interestingly, the tweeters are made of berrylium.
I started out on Focal Twins so it feels comfortable to be back working with them. Hopefully all the freelance people reading will have as great a time with them as I am having.
Secondly, we have a new computer here built by Matt Gray here in Brisbane. This new mac is a beast and has the capabilities to handle anything thrown at it. We have installed a UAD quad and are adding new plug ins all the time.