Renowned French EDM DJ David Guetta has equipped his personal studio in Ibiza with none other than Genelec pro audio products.
His studio has recently been upgraded with a pair of Genelec 7380A subwoofers, which join his existing Genelec 1234A three-way main monitors to create a smart monitoring system that Guetta describes as his “perfect setup.”
The new solution came about after Guetta noticed a problem with the mixes he was creating with his old system. “In the previous system that I had, the subs were so loud that they were not really realistic,” he explained. “If I would mix with those subs, sometimes I would end up with a record that didn’t have enough bass when played on other systems – because the bass in my room was so huge.”
With the 7380As installed, Guetta’s mixes now translate more accurately from studio to stage, and the subwoofers have helped improve the overall sound in the room.
“By installing the subwoofers, we were able to reposition David’s main monitors to avoid early reflections. Finding the best place for the subwoofers also meant that we had a great frequency response curve all the way from low to high frequencies,” added Genelec’s Pasi Pönkkä, who calibrated the new system using Genelec’s GLM software. Using GLM, Pönkkä was able to analyse the studio’s acoustic environment and then optimise each Genelec monitor and subwoofer accordingly.
Pönkkä continued: “Each 7380A subwoofer is paired with a single 1234A monitor, so the low frequencies can be better localised. Also, the locations were chosen so that the subwoofer sums aren’t cancelling each other out. The overall result was that we were able to provide David with more bass extension, but with a much smoother and flatter response.”
Guetta can now work for longer periods without experiencing listening fatigue as a result of this new setup. “When producing, I’m not really playing too loud, and the Genelec 1234As – even though they are huge – still sound very precise even when they aren’t loud,” he explained. “What I like about the 7380As is that I can work at a low volume so that I’m not too tired after a few hours, and it’s still very precise. But, if I want to blast it loud, it’s powerful enough to feel like it’s in a club.”
Guetta concluded: “It gives the feeling of how it’s going to sound in the club, but it’s also realistic. This is my reference, and this is my perfect setup.”
Take a look inside the studio with the video below.