Effanel Music, formed by Randy Ezratty, has provided on-site recording equipment and services to artists and venues since 1980. Following XM Satellite Radio’s acquisition in 2005, Ezratty and his partner Joel Singer upgraded XM’s and Jazz at Lincoln Center Studios’ signal paths.
Ezratty decided to install ADAM speakers in all of XM’s fixed installations. “What it comes down to is the musicality of the high end and the imaging that every speaker in the ADAM line provides,” he says. “They’re superlative in these areas, and mixes executed on ADAMs translate extremely well.”
After acquiring Effanel, XM struck a deal to equip and operate Jazz at Lincoln Center Studios, installing ADAM speakers exclusively. “The ADAM speakers that we installed at JALC—a pair of S6A Mk IIs, five S4As, seven S3As and 16 Artists—work great in that environment,” Singer says. “They’re well tuned and present an extraordinarily accurate representation of anything mixed in the studios.”
“The ADAM speakers have more tweaking capability than most, and the difference the tweaks made were dramatic,” says JALC chief engineer Rob Macomber. “Everything we’ve mixed here has transferred out beautifully. Our room is wonderfully natural-sounding, with a bit of a live sound, which I like. We track to a Pro Tools HD system, usually at 96 kHz. There’s definitely a bump up in the air, depth and separation of instruments when you work at 96 kHz. The top end on the ADAMs is particularly smooth and sweet, and the image throughout the frequency range is superlative.”