Las Vegas, NV (January 9, 2013)-Mike Wells has purchased a new pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO three-way active reference monitors from U.S. distributor TransAudio Group for his mastering studio in N. Hollywood, CA.
Wells recently worked with Vance Powell on an album that he engineered and mixed for up-and-coming indie rock band The Young Things. "The whole thing happened in four days, and I really think a lot of that had to do with the seamlessness of translation coming from the mix to the master," says Wells. "Vance's perspective and the producer's perspective on the mixes all felt very similar to what I was hearing. When I sent them tracks back, they said, 'Yes, this is what we want!' I'm doing better work with the ATCs—I'm making better, faster decisions, I'm making less revisions and clients are happier."
Wells recently moved into a room in the famed former Kingsound Studios complex in North Hollywood, now owned by production music company Megatrax, after relocating from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area more than a year ago. The new ATC monitors replaced a pair of Dunlavy SC-V passive monitors, which Wells had been using for the past eight years, but which were not suited to his new facility.
Changing over to the SCM150s offered a number of advantages, according to Wells. "I've reduced the crossover count and I've got a smaller footprint. There are so many crossovers in the Dunlavy system that I always felt I had to double-check crossover count. But most people don't listen on large array systems, so I wanted to get onto a system that was at most a three-way. Plus, because most systems today are active, I wanted to represent what's happening in the marketplace better. So the ATCs met all of my criteria and the price point was great."