ADAM Audio recently installed a S3-A 5.1 system at Abbey Road Studios.
According to Peter Cobbin, who chose the system for Abbey Road, “I was working on the Lord of the Rings DVD with my Nautilus 5.1 set up, but I needed to have a reference for my stereo mix, as well. So that was actually the first time I checked the S3-As out. I then used them on a project with Paul Shwartz, and we both liked them. But the crunch or acid test was to hear them on a rock 'n' roll project, because that's the other requirement for me: to be able to have something that works with pop/rock music, as well as orchestral or classical/film. This is why I then tried them with the U2 project that I was mixing [which is for the band's live DVD due out later this year].
“For their size, the S3-As have an unbelievable bottom end,” Cobbin said. “You can hear the depth in the music: It’s very three dimensional, rather than just sounding flat. And from a critical monitoring point of view, sitting right in the middle, they offer the classic stereo imaging for mixing.
"The other thing is, because I do so much work in surround, I have been looking for a near-field monitor that I can use comfortably in a 5.1 set up," Cobbin continued. "The requirement for this is that all monitors [excluding the sub] have to be the same, of course. and, finding something that offers a considerable depth without being too big is a real advantage. So, having tried the S3-As in stereo, I thought I would try them out in 5.1, and I was absolutely blown away by the generous sound field in a surround context. I am genuinely excited by the S3-As. I believe that they are a great product and would recommend them to anyone."
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