Brothers Cedric and Victor Caldwell recently added a pair of Adam Audio A77X near-field/mid-field powered monitors to the control room in their completely revamped production facility, Caldwell Plus Productions.
The task of refurbishing the facility was initiated after rainfall and subsequent flooding hit Nashville at the beginning of May 2010, causing in excess of $1.5 billion in private property damage.
Victor Caldwell (pictured) was already using ADAM A7Xs, including a pair at his home studio, when he began his search for a pair of mid-field monitors for the main studio.
“I was looking for something that could be a mid-field and a near-field monitor at the same time,” Victor explained. “Mainly because I wanted to have something that had the power to be cranked up while cutting tracks, but that also sounded good and comparable to near-field monitors at more subdued volume levels.”
More importantly, the new speakers needed to fit seamlessly into a 5.1-surround sound system, as Victor explains: “My centre channel and my rears are A7Xs and I have the A77Xs as my left and right near-field/mid-fields. The A77Xs sound comparable to the A7Xs but have more power. That was one of the keys to why I chose the A77Xs. I can use them as my mid fields and my near fields, and they work perfectly in my 5.1 set-up.”
The brothers installed a 5.1 monitor system in the rebuilt studio as a result of past projects, which have included contributions to movie soundtracks such as The Bodyguard and Jumping the Broom. More recently, the Caldwells completed a new project by Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum using the new A77Xs, which were purchased in March 2016.
“With Kirk’s album mixes and the new stuff I’m working on now, the A77Xs sound amazing,” said Caldwell. “The low end, the mids, the highs – I love the way everything sounds. I get exactly what I’m looking for out of them.”
The revamped facility is now based around an Apple Logic DAW with Avid Artist Mix and Control surfaces, Lynx Studio Technology audio interfaces, Manley Labs microphone preamps and Focusrite Red mic preamps and compressors. “We are more compact now than we used to be,” remarked Caldwell, “but we’re able to do the same work and get it out just as fast – if not faster – than before.”