Douglass and a JBL LSR4300 Series monitor.New York, NY (January 24, 2008)–Renowned recording engineer Jimmy Douglass, whose credits range from the Rolling Stones to Foreigner to Jay-Z, has enjoyed continued success mixing Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds and Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Massacre. Both albums were mixed using JBL Professional LSR4300 Series studio monitors, which Douglass purchased while mixing the Timberlake release.
“Recording technology has changed dramatically over the years, and I’ve found myself changing with it,” Douglass says. “My attitude has always been, if there’s new technology available, I want to be able to use it. I watched digital technology come in one piece at a time.”
Douglass’s inclination to embrace new technology was borne out of his early days as an engineer at Atlantic. “I became an engineer at a time when recording was very adventurous,” Douglass said. “There were very few professionals who understood the technology, most people didn’t know how it worked, but at the end of the day these amazing records would emerge. That was magic.”
While mixing the 5.1-channel tracks on FutureSex/LoveSounds, Douglass discovered the JBL LSR4300 Series monitors. “The JBL LSR Series monitors are a very transparent set of speakers,” says Douglass. “Everything sounds very clear, everything seems to be right in its place. You can put them in any room and actually improve the monitoring environment. Some speakers color the sound a lot, and can’t handle the bottom end the way these do. In a surround-sound setting, you really want everything to be as flat as possible, because the room becomes a big part of the projection. Everything you do is multiplied, not times two, but times five. Even a little bit of EQ becomes a lot. So the LSR monitors make it really flat and accurate, and even if there’s a problem with the room, the monitors compensate and allow me to hear what’s really going on.”