Film and video game music composer R. Kim Shultz was just about to place an order for a new pair of reference monitors when he received an invitation from ADAM Audio to attend the Chicago event showcasing the company’s new S Series speakers. The ADAM Audio U.S. roadshow recently traveled to more than 20 cities across the country so that customers could hear the power and precision of the S Series first hand, the new 3rd generation flagship range of nearfield, midfield and main studio monitors for audio recording and production professionals. Shultz attended the event at Chicago Recording Company’s studios and was so impressed that he immediately ordered a pair of ADAM Audio S3V monitors for his production room.
“I had made another purchasing decision before I got the invite, but for some reason was procrastinating with my original decision,” says Shultz. “Then I saw ADAM’s invitation which had a picture of the new S Series. When I saw the monitors in the invitation it was a game changer. I had to go hear them and get the details.”
“Speakers have to sound really good and perform really well, and the look of them sitting in my studio is also very important to me,” he continues. “When I saw the photo, I said, ‘oh my gosh, these look like something Batman would have in the Batcave.’ They definitely look good, so if they sound good, I’m in.”
At the event, Shultz met with David Hetrick, ADAM Audio U.S. President, and Adam Sheppard, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager, to discuss which new S Series model would be the right fit for his studio. “I had been researching all the major brands that manufacture true reference speakers, that were also in my price range, and had determined that I wanted three-way rather than two-way speakers,” says Shultz. “I spoke to many experts in the business and listened to all the various options in professional listening environments.”
During the ADAM listening session, “Many of the event participants had demo music including me, and we played all of it. The S3V sounded fantastic.” Shultz went home and called Dale Pro Audio in New York City. “I told them I wanted the ADAM S3Vs, they look and sound great and they’ll fit in my studio nicely. It was a dream for the salesman – I was already sold on them!”
The new flagship S Series range of monitors are the result of classic ADAM craftsmanship combined with the latest engineering innovation, modern materials and advanced DSP, and offer stunning clarity, low distortion, new woofer and mid-range driver designs and the debut of the S-ART tweeter, a newer, even more precise version of ADAM’s renowned X-ART hand-built tweeter. The S Series is comprised of five models of increasing size, the S2V, S3H, S3V and the largest-of-the-range S5V and S5H. Innovations created specifically for the S Series include: completely new, highly efficient long throw ELE Extended Linear Excursion woofers; one-piece DCH dome/cone hybrid mid-range driver for excellent dispersion, low distortion and high power handling, newly designed waveguides for the tweeter and a high-power DSP engine, based on the very latest generation of SHARC chips, which provides crossover optimization, voicing options, and digital connectivity, providing expansion potential.
“I am still in amazement at how well they sound,” says Shultz about his new ADAM S Series monitors. “Just from an overall sonic spectrum, the fidelity is unbelievable. I don’t even have a subwoofer and I’m so happy with the overall sound.”
Working out of his production room in downtown Chicago, which is also equipped with Steinberg’s Cubase DAW and various outboard gear, including Universal Audio interfaces, Manley EQ and Compressors, and a variety of other audio toys, Shultz says he will try his hand at any scoring project. “But fundamentally I write orchestral or hybrid orchestral — alternative industrial orchestral, as I call it. I’ve always tried to keep the orchestra involved. Even if I’m doing EDM, I may have some piece of the orchestra with it.”
Shultz’s credits include a long list of horror films: D for Doom, Death Fan, The Prey, Bottom Feeder, and more. “Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of horror films and thrillers, with soundscapes and orchestra, and a little bit of synthesizer,” he adds. One upcoming release is Fate’s Shadow. “I’m very excited about that. It’s a short, but it has a great story.” Recent highlights from his credit list also include Down the Stairs, a horror short film from 2016, and 2014’s Schooladarity, a documentary about the Chicago and Wisconsin teachers’ strikes.