Natick, MA (February 8, 2017)—Record producer Trina Shoemaker, who counts among her credits work with Rodney Crowell, Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Ritter, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow, recently upgraded to 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitors (SAM) from Genelec.
Shoemaker, who has won three Grammy Awards, for her work with Sheryl Crow and Stephen Curtis Chapman, and been nominated for several others, said, “These monitors make my incredibly long work days less fatiguing on my ears. Ten or 12 hours of constant critical listening tends to be very draining, but with these monitors, it’s not an issue, even at loud volumes. But I can keep them at a low-to-medium volume, and they still sound full and balanced and very, very clear and smooth. It’s like putting on just the right prescription of contact lenses for my ears.”
Shoemaker wasn’t aiming for a change in her sound, so any upgrade in gear needs to integrate well into the existing workflow. She noted, “I would say my mixes haven’t changed, and that’s a good thing, but the 8351s have made things easier to assess. I can hear detail on reverbs more clearly, and I can hear if I’ve got a little lump in the lower mids more clearly on the 8351s. There were things I wouldn’t catch on my other speakers until I did a car test. That happens far less on the 8351s.”
She added, “I appreciate the way these monitors have certain proprietary tools in place. The AutoCal correctly analyzed the room and adjusted the curve accordingly. I heard the change immediately. It was delightful. A very fun learning tool as well.”