NightBird Recording Studios has added ATC SCM150ASL Pro main monitors to its room setup.
Positioned half a block off the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and tucked into the basement complex of the luxurious Sunset Marquis Hotel, NightBird’s client list includes the likes of Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Damian Marley, Kayne West, Keith Urban, Lionel Richie, Roger Waters, Skrillex, Sting, and more.
The facility is already using a Pro Tools HD system with Avid HD I/O and a whole host of analogue outboard gear from API, Avalon, Drawmer and Neve. The ATC mains have been installed in NightBird’s Studio B.
“With the sounds that have been coming out in the last five years or so and looking into the future, our previous mains simply weren’t able to handle both the volume and – with increasing regularity – fidelity required to be both a great modern main monitor and a great modern mixing monitor,” said NightBird studio manager Angelo Caputo.
“We wanted to get something that would excite our clients (and us!) and handle some more modern music styles and workflows as well. I was impressed with how well the sound and overall imaging stayed consistent across the line. This made it an easy decision, and we went with the largest ATC model that would work well in the room.”
NightBird paired the new ATC mains with two Subwoofer Pros 18-inch subwoofers, which are manufactured and distributed in alliance with ATC’s US distributor TransAudio Group.
Since their installation, the new ATC/Subwoofer Pro system has been used by Jesse J, LL Cool J, Chris Lane, Playboi Carti, Skrillex, Usher, and Murda Beatz. “The ATC’s are able to handle the volume without an issue,” Caputo remarked. “As an engineer, I appreciate the clarity at low volumes – in both the top end and the bottom end – in particular when paired with the Subwoofer Pros subs. These monitors do not need to be pushed hard to get the detail we’re looking for, so it makes it much easier for an engineer to track and mix at various volumes for longer periods of time without getting fatigued.”