Natick, MA (October 8, 2009)–A pair of Genelec 8050APM bi-amplified active monitors was central to the production of Sting’s upcoming If on a Winter’s Night… seasonal album.
If on a Winter’s Night… finds Sting collaborating with Robert Sadin, who produced and arranged Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning Gershwin’s World, and a host of guest musicians including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller. “It’s a very acoustic record, which meant that there would be a lot of interesting microphone choices and placements,” explains Clark Germain, engineer for the disc, who traveled with the production from Sting’s studio in Tuscany and Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in London to Clinton Recording and Manhattan Center Studios in New York, as well as Malibu Performing Arts studio in California.
So did the Genelec monitors. “They went everywhere with us,” says Germain. “It was how I was able to achieve consistent monitoring in all of the various environments we were in during this record. The detail we got day after day was incredible.”
The album, due out on the Deutsche Grammophon label October 27th, is inspired by Sting’s favorite time of year and offers two original compositions as well as traditional seasonal songs, carols and lullabies from the British Isles. The album features a wide array of acoustic instruments, including bagpipes, harps and lutes.
“The sounds of the instruments could change day by day, hour to hour, since they’re sensitive to even small changes in temperature and humidity, so absolutely accurate monitoring was crucial, and the Genelecs delivered on that,” says Germain.
“The Genelecs sounded great and performed fantastically. I record a lot of acoustic instruments, and it’s imperative that I have a monitoring system that is extremely accurate. I need to hear every overtone and every movement of the musician, as well as how room tone and reverbs are changing. The Genelec speakers really achieve all of that and more,” concludes Germain.