San Diego, CA – June 2014… The single most important attribute for any pair of studio monitors is the ability to deliver a mix that translates well to a wide range of playback mediums. From inexpensive earbuds to high-end ‘cans’ with integrated noise reduction, bookshelf systems, car audio, AV setups and more, consistent playback quality is a major challenge for today’s audio engineers. Welcome to recording engineer/producer Alan Sanderson’s world. This is where the buck stops and that’s why—to ensure his clients get the audio performance they expect—Sanderson relies on his D5 studio monitors from San Diego, CA-based Equator Audio as part of his engineering solution.
Sanderson’s credits involve all types of recordings, ranging from music production and live radio broadcast to TV and Film sound. Sanderson has recorded in state-of-the-art studio facilities in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, London, San Francisco, Zurich, and Rio de Janeiro. Working on many sessions with internationally recognized artists such as The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Elvis Costello, and Fleetwood Mac, he has engineered for notable producers including Don Was, Bill Bottrell, and Glyn Johns. He discussed his experience with Equator’s D5 monitors.
“Here at Pacific Beat Recording, the D5s have become an integral part of everything we do,” Sanderson reports. “They serve as a very important secondary pair of monitors for mixing and recording music projects. These monitors have a very significant role, as they enable me to check and verify what I hear from my other monitor system. This process enables me to have a high level of confidence that any work coming out of this studio will play properly on other systems.”
“In the few short months that I’ve had the D5s,” he continued, “I've been working on a number of different artist's projects, encompassing a wide range of musical styles and genres. I’ve been recording Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin as well as Jason Mraz protégé Cody Lovass and Nashville recording artist Taylin Rae. The D5s are in the trenches with me every step of the way.”
When queried about those features that make the Equator Audio D5 monitors so well suited for his work, Sanderson offered the following thoughts, “When I first heard these speakers, I was blown away and amazed at how good they sound. I was looking for a great set of secondary monitors to place next to my Focal Twin 6Be for the new studio and couldn't believe how well these small speakers stood up to the larger monitors in terms of imaging and frequency response.”
“The D5’s low end was similar—very present and clear,” Sanderson added. “For a small monitor speaker, I was surprised that they didn't distort easily when turning them up loud. I especially like the mid-range of these little guys, as it really helps me dial in my mixes. The D5s help me make the mix more focused and find the right balance for the most important part of a recording—the lead vocal(s). I get a lot of mixes these days where there are 150-200+ tracks and the Equator D5s have been able to handle any situation. If it sounds good on the Equators, I know it sounds good at home.”
When you’re under the gun, knowing that quality customer and technical support services are close at hand is very reassuring should any questions arise. Here, too, Sanderson is quite impressed with Equator Audio. “The guys at Equator have been great,” he said. “Ted Keffalo is a very knowledgeable fellow and is very passionate about his products. His enthusiasm perked my interest and Marty Bradley, the General Manager, has been following up to ensure that everything is good at the studio. These guys are ‘threatening’ to install some of their big Q10s next!”
Before shifting his focus back to his current project, Sanderson offered these parting comments, “I'm really happy with the Equator D5 monitors at Pacific Beat Recording and was actually very surprised that such a small monitor sounds so good. Being that the studio is based in San Diego, having guys like Equator here in town is a huge plus. I hope to be able to use some of their other products in the future.”
To learn more about the services of Alan Sanderson and Pacific Beat Recording, visit the studio online at www.pacificbeatrecording.com.
About Equator Audio
Equator Audio is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s audio production. Whether the challenge is on the production line or in the studio control room, Equator is dedicated to identifying and addressing it. Our products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.
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