British manufacturer ATC reports that Mark Ronson—a Grammy Award-winning record producer, DJ, and musician—has installed a pair of ATC SCM25A PRO 3-way compact active monitors in the control room of his new studio space in London's Tileyard Studios, which was designed by Munro Acoustics and Steve Durr. Ronson's control room also features a vintage MCI 500 Series console.
“I was looking for a place around here,” Ronson says of London. “I haven’t had my own studio since I left New York about four years ago. I looked at some other prebuilt studios being sold, but then it came up that all these rooms were being built at Tileyard.”
Tileyard Studios is situated in London’s Kings Cross Central, with more than 50 permanent recording studios to its name. “Building my own place from scratch meant that I could incorporate some of my favorite things from all the studios that I’ve loved working at during the last four years, like the analog aspect of Daptone [Records' studio] in Brooklyn, where we recorded the Amy [Winehouse] stuff, as well as the MIDI and computer aspect.”
Inspired by a visit to Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, built for The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Ronson recruited its studio designer, Steve Durr, to collaborate with London-based consultant Chris Walls of Munro Acoustics to build something similar at Tileyard. “It just had a great vibe, kind of like one of those old RCA studios in Nashville," Ronson says, "so my live room is, likewise, really well designed, with a no-frills vibe, like walking into any old studio from the ’60s."
While researching monitors, Ronson says, “I was walking around other studios with Chris Walls from Munro so he could get a sense of what I liked. We went to British Grove, and I just couldn’t believe how amazing [the ATC’s SCM25A PRO three-way monitors] sounded—so much punch, bite, and growl, then this really pristine top end. It was kind of a revelation, and I just thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to get any other speakers other than those when I get into my space.’ I was sold on first listen.”
Ronson purchased the ATC monitors from London-based Funky Junk. “They were very cool and easy to work with," he says. "They let me borrow a pair to test them out when I was at Avatar in New York, tracking some stuff for Paul McCartney’s new album. For the most part, I spend most of my time on the ATCs now. They give a great image of everything that’s going on, whether I’m tracking a live band or working on something with a massive 808 kick drum.”
ATC monitors are distributed in the U.S. by TransAudio Group in Las Vegas. Visit TransAudio Group at www.transaudiogroup.com.
Visit Tileyard Studios at www.tileyard.co.uk/studios.