(L-R): Alan Meyerson, Stephen Barton, Gavin LurssenHollywood, CA (October 24, 2014)—The recently released Titanfall original soundtrack album used ATC reference monitors from start to finish.
Blockbuster game Titanfall was scored film and video games composer Stephen Barton, a British émigré who headed for the Hollywood Hills back in 2002 to work as an assistant to compatriot composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Barton now works out of his own studio setup in a leased room within Lurssen Mastering on the Hollywood Center Studio lot, which includes a pair of ATC SCM50ASL Pro three-way active monitors.
“The ATCs are nothing short of phenomenal,” says Barton. “There’s nothing out there that equals them to my mind in terms of clarity, lack of fatigue over long-term listening, and truthfulness, which is the most important quality of any studio monitor. I’ve been using them for nearly seven years now, so, when I started working out of Lurssen Mastering a few years ago, the fact that Gavin Lurssen was using the bigger brothers to those in my setup was actually a big influence, and a great indication that we were like-minded in our listening approach.”
Gavin Lurssen, chief mastering engineer at Lurssen Mastering, utilizes the larger ATC SCM150ASL Pro and smaller ATC SCM25A Pro three-way active monitors. “[E]ight years ago [ATC’s] U.S. distributor hooked me up with the 150s and I’ve used them ever since. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’re the only thing that I can use to create my audio balances. They’re smooth and not fatiguing, and, somehow, make digital sound like analogue. I can sit in a room all day long and not burn out,” says Lurssen.
The orchestral music scoring mixing sessions for the project, at Abbey Road Studios, were handled by Alan Meyerson. “Alan also uses ATCs, and it’s just been a case of coincidence that this amazingly huge project was done down the line on these speakers,” summarizes Lurssen.