Los Angeles, CA (December 16, 2020)—Rich Spillberg, formerly guitarist for Boston-based metal band Wargasm, has installed his Ocean Way Audio Pro2A monitors at his private studio, where he worked on a new Josh Groban project for a virtual promotion for Groban’s new Harmony album.
“Basically, when I got the Pro2As and set everything up, the sound was so wide and clear, and there wasn’t any sort of unnatural scoop. It was just all there. And the image is so wide that I could walk around the room and nothing was missing. At first I was curious about the low end, because it was so clear and so pristine that I was wondering if I was hearing enough of the low end. But sure enough, it was all there,” says recording engineer, producer, musician, and composer Spillberg.
“I first put in a lot of recordings that I was familiar with,” he continues, “and then I listened carefully to some very low, heavy sounds. With these monitors, it’s just all there. I’m not a fan of speakers that color the sound, that have that scoop in the middle, or accentuate the lows and the highs. These speakers are just wide open — totally clear with the punch on the bottom and a beautiful top. I’m not trying to color anything, just trying to make things sound like the instruments are there in the room with the singer.”
Spillberg met Groban while working at Solstice Sound Studios, becoming his touring DAW operator then auxiliary guitarist and vocal recording engineer. As a mix consultant for Groban’s TV appearances, the occasional broadcast mix opportunity would come across Spillberg’s desk and Groban has come to rely on him for many of his mixes, including production and mix credits on his Bridges Live: Madison Square Garden CD and DVD, and mix credits for his entire 2020 PBS special.
When Spillberg recently moved out of his recording studio in Providence, RI to New York, he says, “I couldn’t take my big main monitors, but I took my trusty NS-10s. Occasionally, I’ve been forced to use NS-10s and headphones to balance mixes quickly in a pinch for high level artists. I have a project with Josh right now where I’m mixing 40 songs and I knew that I had to upgrade the speakers in order to get this done in a proper way. I was looking around and suddenly realized, I should try out these new Ocean Way monitors.”
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