New York (August 23, 2007)–Jeff Juliano, an engineer/mixer whose dozen-year career includes credits such as Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band, recently mixed O.A.R.’s new live CD/DVD, Live From Madison Square Garden (Atlantic Records/Everfine) with the help of Blue Sky’s Sky System One.
“I got turned on to Blue Sky when we were getting ready to do the O.A.R. project,” recalls Juliano. “I’d been a [Yamaha] NS-10 guy for years, using them with a subwoofer. That’s what I trusted. I’d been reading a lot about the Blue Skys and a few guys that I really respect are using them. I hooked the system up and immediately liked what I heard. What’s funny is that I went back to mix the stereo version of the O.A.R. record after I’d done the DirecTV mixes–which I’d done with my NS-10s–and immediately heard some stuff that I didn’t like with those mixes. I had a little too much high end in my mixes and that shined through in the Blue Skys. So I finished out the stereo mixes on the O.A.R. record with the Blue Sky’s 5.1 Sky System One using it as a 2.1 system and then immediately flopped into the 5.1 sessions. The Blue Sky’s are the most true powered monitors I’ve ever used–and I’ve used a lot of these things.”
Working in 5.1 was a new experience for Juliano and he was admittedly intimidated by it. “But knowing that there are no rules in 5.1 freed me up to make it whatever I thought it ought to be,” he says. “I took the approach of mixing it like I was standing in the center of the floor for that concert. It was so easy to do that with these speakers because they’re not over-hyped and the midrange is solid. A lot of powered monitors I fear to use because they hype the high-end, duck the mid-range, and have a false low end.”
Mixing with a subwoofer was old hat for Juliano. “I don’t know how people work with the 6.5-inch speakers and not know what’s going on below that frequency cut-off of that speaker. The Blue Sky bass management system is spot-on. You can feel the kick in my room; you can feel the bass. It’s thumping but it’s real. There’s nothing worse than having a subwoofer with a system that doesn’t have a bass management system like this and is not calibrated correctly. Bands in the studio get to hear all the drums and the bass and it’s huge, but then when they get in the car it’s a complete disaster, because when they were listening with a subwoofer that was calibrated too loud, it’s basically giving them false low end. But the Blue Sky’s are spot-on. What you hear is what you get.”