Champlain, NY (July 28, 2010)—With a strong background in both studio and live mixing, Ken "Pooch" Van Druten recently mixed a "Live From The Roxy" online release for Slash, using Focal Solo6 monitors.
"I actually own several types of high-end speakers. All of them are now my second choice," states Van Druten. "I still use them for reference, but I mix on the Focal Solo6s now." He mixed stereo (as well as a 5.1 surround version) for the Slash online release, "This was the first time I used Solo6s for a project. It came out spectacularly. I was really impressed by these speakers."
"What I found most interesting with the Solo6s was the amount of time I could spend mixing without getting fatigued," adds Van Druten. "I can usually only spend several hours before I have to take a long break. But do to the excellent reference of the Solo6s I was able to listen at lower volumes and not get fatigued, whilst the mix reference remained correct. Thus allowing for many more hours of work and expediting the whole process."
Having studio mixes still sound good outside the studio is the key to a good reference monitor, Van Druten heard success from the Solo6s, "I often listen in three different places: my car, my home theater system and my computer - with and without external speakers. The Slash mixes traveled well from one to another," he said. "I was initially afraid that the low-end information would be not accurate with the Solo6s. I have used other monitors in the past that have given me excellent reference of highs and mids and found the low end to be completely inaccurate while listening elsewhere. I found the Solo6s to be very accurate while traveling to other reference speakers. What you put in to the Solo6s, you get out: VERY accurate."
Van Druten says both Slash, and the record label management heard the mixes on their own reference systems. "For the songs that I mixed, there were only two mix changes I was asked to do, and both of those were minor. I was very happy with the results."
He also used the Focal sub-woofer with the Solo6 speakers, describing it as "very accurate." He continues, "I am always worried about using an external sub-woofer. Most people don't tune their home theater systems correctly and usually turn the external sub way too loud. I did not want to fool myself into thinking the low end was right, when it wasn't. But after listening to my mixes in several different situations I knew the sub was great."
"I have played the Slash mixes for many people and they all think they are great - and of course give me all the credit. They don't know that my secret weapon was the Solo6s." Spoken with a true hard rock attitude, Van Druten says, "I love my new Focal Solo6s and you will have to pry them from my cold dead hands in order to take them away from me!"
Ken "Pooch" Van Druten
Audio Plus Services (US Focal Distributor)