Los Angeles, CA (June 30, 2020)—U.K. guitarist Dan Richards, formerly a touring musician with One Direction and now musical director for such rising artists as Anna Clendening, Loren Gray and Emma Zander, recently acquired a pair of ADAM Audio A7X monitors as he settles into a life off the road.
“I decided to buy ADAM monitors because I’ve been transitioning into studio-based songwriting and production,” says Richards. “I love touring, but there comes a time when you don’t want to be on the road constantly, not to mention the coronavirus’ impact on live shows. I was familiar with ADAM monitors because the guy I used to share a studio with had a pair of T7Vs, and I’ve also used the A77X in various studios where I have worked. I always thought they sounded great, and now that I have my own pair, I’m even more impressed.”
Richards says, “The mids and low mids have this extra clarity that frankly, I really haven’t heard before. That’s an important range because it’s often where you’ll find loads of sonic garbage you want to scoop out, in order to achieve a more open, bigger image. I can do that much more quickly and confidently than I ever have.”
Part of Richards’ job as a musical director for stadium-filling acts was to ensure that the massive P.A. systems weren’t reproducing unwanted low frequencies that would detract from the audience’s experience. “You want to make sure that beyond the thumping bass people expect to hear, there’s nothing intrusive down there,” he says. “I’m honestly shocked at how clearly the A7Xs reveal that range, even when I’m not using a subwoofer. With the bass ports they go down to almost 40 Hz.”
That bass definition reduces his professional stress, he says. “Often I’m working on a band’s program material from home. If I’m unaware of some bogus frequency in the sub-bass through low-mid range, I might get to rehearsal and have to make a bunch of adjustments while the band is there waiting. That’s a music director’s nightmare. But I trust the A7X and know they’re going to be a huge time saver for future tour work.”
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