The power of monitors

Not until we got deeply immersed in the building of a state-of-the-art recording label, Octave Records did it occur to us just how important the recording/mixing monitors are to the final outcome.

Consider that every single decision made in any recording is 100% determined by ear. No measurement arguments live here.

If the guitar sounds too bright or loud it is adjusted to sound right. If the vocalist sounds buried in the music the band’s level is modified to sound right.

Every single decision in a recording is by ear.

How it sounds is entirely in the hands of the monitoring system via the loudspeakers and the room they are playing in.

When you listen to a recording you are as if in a Star Trek-style Teleporter. You’re hearing what the mix engineer heard and adjusted for.

While this may be to some so obvious as to be trivial, it is to me a revelation with major consequences.

Octave Records will soon release two new albums: a Spanish-styled acoustic wonder called the Everlasting Dance, and a new compilation, Audiophile Masters VI.

These two new releases will be the first mixed and mastered on the FR30. And the difference between these two releases and all the others is remarkable.

The recordings were made in DSD on the Sonoma as we have done in the past.

What’s different is the monitoring system. Now, with the FR30s, we can hear so deeply into the music that the decisions we make have major implications on the final outcome of the music.

I can’t wait for you to hear for yourself what I am writing about.

We’ll release them in a week or so.

Stay tuned for something extraordinary.

PAUL McGOWAN / PS AUDIO

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