Shreveport, LA (March 30, 2011)--Resident producer-engineer Chris Bell has installed ADAM monitors at Blade Studios in Shreveport, LA, where he is a partner.
Bell has a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album (Kirk Franklin) and has worked with the Eagles, Erykah Badu, Everclear, Destiny's Child, U2 and Earth Wind & Fire, among others. It was while previously based in Dallas that he first started using ADAM monitors.
"I had a set of S3As and once I started using them, I got pretty hooked. Whenever I'd go to other rooms, I had to have them. I got so used to them and what they do. It's like you listen to another speaker and all the detail you usually hear on ADAM speakers is gone," he says.
"And with ADAM, what I'm hearing inside the control translates really well out of the control room. The imaging is absolutely crazy. I just got the newer S3XHs and I really love them. They're even better than the S3As if that's possible. And the amps sound better as well. Overall, it's definitely a step up. We have 5.1 in both rooms so we have three S3XHs up front and four S3XVs in the rear of the room."
Blade Studios, which opened earlier this year, has already hosted a number of sessions, according to Bell: "We've worked with a bunch of independent artists and just completed a session with Darryl Jones, the bass player for the Rolling Stones. He came down to have Brady [Blade] track drums on this project, so he was our first client. Things worked out really well and he wants to come back and finish his record here."