Mike Piersante, T Bone
engineer, now mixes
with ATC SCM150ASL
Brentwood, CA (February 12, 2009)–T Bone Burnett recently selected U.K.-manufactured ATC SCM150ASL Pro reference monitors, which he purchased from exclusive U.S. distributor Las Vegas Pro Audio.
“I find them to be very true and revealing. They don’t lie,” Burnett’s longtime engineer/mixer Mike Piersante says of the ATC monitors, which house a single 15-inch ATC custom-built SL driver, ATC’s 3-inch custom mid-dome and a ferrofluid-cooled 1-inch dome tweeter, each separately powered by custom-built internal ATC amplifiers with FET limiters built in. “The great thing about them is that we can really turn them up loud. When you fill the room, you start getting a little room compression and start really feeling stuff with your body.”
“The ATCs were recommended by a couple of trusted friends and engineers, including [mastering engineer] Gavin [Lurssen],” Piersante reports. “He’s mastered our stuff going all the way back to 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou. He recently, in the last couple of years, built his new mastering studio and put in a pair of SCM150ASL Pros. So he recommended them and we tried them out and figured, from mixing to mastering, there would be no veil on anything, and no surprises. When I bring stuff to Gavin, I’m listening on the same speakers I mix on, so there’s a big advantage there.
“We push low-end around quite a bit, and the previous monitors frankly just didn’t get loud enough before they started popping and blowing drivers,” Piersante adds. “That’s really the reason we made the switch to ATC.”
Burnett and Piersante are currently working on another record by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. “That’ll be brought over to the studio and mixed through the ATC speakers,” says Piersante. The ATC speakers were also used on the mix of an upcoming Robert Randolph record, as well as the soundtrack for the country music-based film Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall.
Another recent project mixed on the ATC monitors, and about to go to Lurssen for mastering, is a new album from Elvis Costello. “It’s really in the Americana vein,” reveals Piersante, who notes that Burnett produced it in a similar manner to his previous projects with Ralph Stanley and the Cold Mountain soundtrack, which was nominated for an Oscar. “It’s all acoustic string instruments, no drums–an upright bass, mandolin, guitar and fiddle. It was all done live, with everybody out on the floor at once, including the vocalist and even background singers. They just performed and I captured it.”
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