|ADAM S3X-Hs along with SSL Duality monitor the five studios in the new building|
TAFE Studio in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia was founded in 1992. The college’s teaching facility has been recording for 20 years using a Sound Workshop CMF34 mixing desk together with a 2” Otari tape machine which is still in use. Monitoring back then was done with KEF near fields and UREI 813Cs. In 2008 the studio moved into a new building and the studio was redesigned from scratch. Now there are five studios ranging from what a student could afford up to the main studio, which is equipped with a SSL Duality and ADAM S3X-Hs for monitoring.
“Our rooms have a great vibe”, Ian Taylor, Sound Production teacher at TAFE says. “The facility is one of the best in the country. Between the main live room and the studio drum room; there is nothing that can’t be done. We are wired to a full stage for live shows with a line array for a 200 person capacity room. My teaching includes mainly music performed by myself so I also get to sit on the back end of students’ headphone mixes.”
Asked about which problems he had most encountered in his studio career, Ian replies: “Having to make adjustments so the mixes translate to a wide range of audio systems. Good monitors are nothing without a good room - the space they live in is often neglected. As I mix a lot of rock music I need headroom to pull together big open rock mixes without compression. The ADAMs really move some air.”
Speaking about his first impressions with the S3X-Hs, Ian continues: “I chose the ADAMs for the amount of power and the frequency response in that size footprint. I love the ribbon and the definition it delivers at a wide range of levels. They also look great. I haven’t had anyone come through the studio that hasn’t been blown away with the whole package.”