Los Angeles, CA (May 18, 2020)—Multi-instrumentalist and producer Patrick Jordan-Patrikios has a history of mixing on headphones, but recently he’s come to use ADAM Audio A7X active studio monitors for his work on movie trailers and other projects.
Mixing on headphones has both advantages and downsides, according to Patrikios. “I mixed on headphones for so long because I was always working on my laptop in hotel rooms, on a plane, wherever. There’s something to be said for having all that sound right up close to you. I’ve mixed on a lot of high-end monitors, but the ADAMs are the first that have given me that same sense of satisfaction — and honestly, I feel like I’m mixing better than ever.
“Wearing ’phones for six or eight hours at a stretch kills my ears and is uncomfortable, so I’d always double-check mixes on other speakers. After using the A7Xs for only about seven months now, I find that I don’t need to. I trust them.”
Once a session drummer for hip-hop legend Coolio, Patrikios has cut pop gems for such artists as Kylie Minogue and Little Mix, worked with synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder and composed pulse-pounding scores for countless movie trailers. “The trailers I tend to get are for action-adventure movies,” he explains, “so there’s a lot of throbbing bass, big ‘action drums,’ and the like. I’m doing one for an upcoming picture that’s set in Japan, so the producers wanted pounding Taiko-style drums,” he says.
“These film companies want that epic vibe, and they expect to hear a polished product. With the A7Xs, I’m getting all of the emotion that gets me to that finish line — and I can do it at low-to-medium volume, which is where I like to mix to avoid ear fatigue. Of course, when I do turn up for a client who’s in the room, the ADAMs always deliver.”
Patrikios says, “People always talk about the ADAM folded-ribbon tweeter and how the highs are detailed but smooth, and that’s certainly true. But I find the mids are just as detailed, the low-mids are tight and precise, and the bass extension on the A7X in particular is downright surprising. I thought I would add a subwoofer to them, but I haven’t needed one yet because the monitors give me full confidence in my decisions in that frequency range.”
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