Sherman Oaks, CA (April 8, 2016)—Since boy band Big Time Rush went on hiatus in 2014, founding member Kendall Schmidt and guitarist Dustin Belt have been working out of their ADAM Audio-equipped studio under the name Heffron Drive.
With their creative and production efforts taking place in a San Fernando Valley studio designed and built by Schmidt, the pair references their work on ADAM Audio A7X nearfield monitors with a Sub10 Mk2 subwoofer. “The A7X monitors have played a critical role during the production of our latest record; vocals sounded extremely natural with less coloration, as did the low-end, and the highs were smooth, with a clean, three-dimensional clarity,” says Schmidt.
“The A7Xs provided a real sense of separation among all the elements within the mix, and enabled the sound that we intended to be revealed in a transparent and realistic fashion. This is vital during the recording process. With the ADAMs, I can hear every aspect of what I’m doing and it’s both inspiring creatively and allows us to deliver the best possible results for our audience.”
Both originally from Wichita, KS, Schmidt and Belt first met in Burbank, CA, and began making music under the name Heffron Drive. Shortly thereafter, Schmidt became part of Big Time Rush (BTR), which starred in the eponymous Nickelodeon/Columbia Records television show. Belt joined BTR as a touring guitarist, but with the band now on indefinite hiatus the pair reactivated Heffron Drive, recording and touring the U.S.
“With my previous subwoofer system, all I got was extended low frequency response,” Schmidt continues. “With the ADAM Sub10 I extend my LF plus overall tonality—I’m not just shaking the room with mindless thumping. I can isolate the sub as well, all while getting a response within which I can hear the key of the song itself and the musicality within that space of the audio spectrum.”