Los Angeles, CA (April 2, 2010)–Veteran recording engineer/producer Ryan Ulyate relied on his ATC SCM 50 ASL three-way active monitors for The Live Anthology, a 5-CD set by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Ulyate, who has worked closely with Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell since 2005, was charged with the task of compiling and organizing the individual songs from over 250 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concerts from their over 30 years together. When it was all done, the engineer had filled some 30 terabytes of hard drive space with raw multitrack material. As he worked, Ulyate recorded rough mixes and developed an organization and rating system. All of the approximately 5,200 rough mixes went into iTunes for scrutiny by the co-producers of The Live Anthology, namely Ulyate, Petty and Campbell. Only after the best performances were identified did Ulyate spend time carefully mixing the five CDs-worth of material, sequenced without regard to chronology.
In keeping with the live feel of the album, Ulyate mixed at approximately 93 dB, an approach that would have been difficult without the non-fatiguing performance of his ATCs. To be sure of the consistency from track to track, he imported each finished mix into subsequent sessions so that he could A/B conveniently.
“With so many multitrack recordings made by so many different engineers in so many different places on different equipment, getting a consistent sound that conveyed the feeling of a live show was my overriding goal and challenge,” said Ulyate. “That’s where the ATC [SCM 50 ASL] monitors were especially helpful. They have the best mid-range of any loudspeaker I’ve ever heard. A lot of speakers seem to have big black holes in the mid-range, where it’s impossible to tell exactly what I’m doing. With the SCM 50s, I can hear the difference between a 1 dB boost at 1.1 kHz and one at 1.2 kHz!”
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