London, UK (March 5, 2014)—Mastering engineer Matt Colton has installed a pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO three-way active loudspeakers in his critical listening room at the new Alchemy Mastering in West London. Colton’s credits include Coldplay, James Blake, Gary Numan and Metronomy. His work recently earned him the title of Mastering Engineer of the Year from the Music Producers Guild.
Colton’s current way of working is centered around a pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO 3-way active loudspeakers. “Having worked at AIR on a really lovely pair of hi-fi speakers, I felt I wanted to go back to studio monitoring and have something that maybe sounded a bit less polished in terms of the actual sound that’s coming out of the speaker,” said Colton. “So I’m working on a pair of SCM150ASL PROs. I’d previously worked on a pair of SCM200s many years ago, which I loved.”
An unconventional demonstration convinced Colton that the SCM150ASL PRO met his criteria: “I did a lecture at Westminster University in Harrow to over 100 people in a really big lecture hall with a massive ceiling height of 50 feet or so. Ben Lilly of ATC brought along a pair of SCM150s and I played some James Blake records with really low sub-bass—down at around 35 Hz—and they just sounded glorious. It was a wonderful experience to hear those records played in that room only on a pair of speakers. So, on that basis, I’ve got the 150s in my mastering room—sadly, not quite as big as that lecture hall!”
Commenting on his SCM150ASL PRO speakers, Colton said, “They’re a direct and honest pair of speakers. If the mix sounds good, then it sounds good here; if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. There’s no flattery on the part of the speakers, though they’re wonderful to listen to when you get it right. I’ve really enjoying working on them.”