Baton Rouge, LA (August 13, 2015)—Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum engineer, producer, and songwriter Smith Carlson favors PreSonus Sceptre S8 CoActual two-way studio monitors, and recently added the company’s ADL 700 preamp/channel strip.
Carlson, who began his career at Chalice Recording Studios in Los Angeles, worked under Danja Handz, spent six months working with Pharrell Williams and engineered for Sean “Diddy” Combs. In recent years, he has worked with Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Beyoncé, U2 and Demi Lovato.
“The Sceptre S8s are very flat and accurate, which is what I look for,” Carlson begins. “But they’re not boring; my mixes still have life. In fact, it’s exciting to produce with Sceptres. I don’t even know how it’s possible to be flat and accurate and still exciting but S8s accomplish it. I haven’t found that in many other speakers. Once I’m finished mixing on the S8s, I don’t have to check on different speakers and then go back and remix. I end up with a great mix that translates to anywhere.”
PreSonus’ ADL 700 preamp/channel strip is another Carlson favorite. “I mostly use my ADL 700s for instrumental foundation tracks. The preamp sounds very clean, and it seems to help tame the highs, which makes it great on acoustic guitar. It’s also great for electric guitar and fantastic for DI electric bass. I use the ADLs for synths all the time, as well.”