Baggpipe Studios, located in the Johanneshov district of Stockholm, has added a complete Genelec active monitoring system following a number of other significant upgrades.
Previously the home of the world-famous Abbey Road/EMI Studios, the site has hosted sessions by artists including ABBA, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and producer Mutt Lange, to name just a few.
The current Baggpipe Studios complex comprises two main commercial studios and seven smaller, songwriter/producer studios.
Studio 2 was already home to a pair of Genelec 1037B monitors, and although studio manager and engineer/mixer Willem Bleeker only occasionally found himself working in the room, he quickly noticed that “people really liked them; they sounded the way that people wanted speakers to sound.” It was when Patrick Lundin, Genelec sales manager for Pro Audio Sweden, organised an onsite showcase for The Ones three-way coaxial monitors that Bleeker found himself convinced.
“It was love at first hearing,” he said. “After borrowing them for a while I didn’t want to give them back. It wasn’t long before Patrick and I started talking about something more permanent. He showed me the mighty pair of 1234A SAM studio monitors that he thought would be perfect for the main control room of Studio 1, and the 1238DF SAM monitors he felt would best suit Studio 2.”
In both Studios 1 and 2, these main monitors are augmented by pairs of 8341A point source nearfield monitors from The Ones family, all finished in white with accompanying 7370A subwoofers. Meanwhile, the facility’s seven production rooms each now feature a pair of 8340A two-way SAM monitors, with two of the rooms also boasting 7360A subwoofers. Finally, a multi-purpose meeting and conference space has been fitted with a pair of 8331As from The Ones range, once again finished in white.
According to Bleeker, the use of GLM auto-calibration and smart monitor management software offered quick and easy calibration of the monitors within the facility’s many rooms, as well as the ability to rapidly adjust each room’s monitoring set-up to suit the task at hand. The monitors have already lent themselves to sessions ranging from 26- piece orchestras to boybands and emerging solo artists.
Bleeker concluded: “Last but not least, you might not be able to hear design but it is definitely a big factor in studios, and make no mistake, the Genelec monitors look badass!”