Close ☰
Menu ☰

Genelec connects with Australian Idol

Posted on: Thursday 18th of June 2020

Genelec’s 8341A coaxial monitors are proving to be just as important as all the vintage recording equipment in Australian singer/songwriter Guy Sebastian’s new home studio. Sebastian recently acquired the award-winning point source nearfield monitors from Genelec’s Australian distribution partner, Studio Connections, and they now take pride of place alongside his existing pair of 1034B main monitors.

Sebastian first came to prominence in 2003 as the first winner of Australian Idol. Since then, his career has gone from strength-to-strength with platinum records in the US and Australia, and sell-out tours around the world. This success has enabled him to create a purpose-built recording space in his new home, giving him the ability to work on new projects as soon as inspiration strikes.

The architectural design for the studio was handled by acoustic designer John Sayers, with Sebastian taking responsibility for the interior. “This house is like a concrete bunker,” explains Sebastian. “It’s concrete and black steel and really tough, so I wanted the studio to have a bit more of a modern sort of vibe. I wanted to keep it pretty monochrome, and really minimal and clean looking.”

With Sebastian being a self-confessed gear-junkie, owning a vintage mic collection that would be the envy of anyone, the studio is filled with some of the finest historic recording equipment including a fully restored Siemens Sitral console. Juxtaposing all this classic equipment are the pair of distinctly modern white Genelec 8341As.

“They are beautiful,” says Sebastian, who also took advantage of Genelec’s GLM calibration software to help tune the speakers to the space. “It was great to be able to use the Genelec GLM technology to get them tuned perfectly. It didn’t do a lot to the monitors, just a few little frequency fixes, but it was good.”

By contrast, Sebastian’s 1034B main monitors were acquired a number of years ago. “I’ve had them for a while from Los Angeles, and they were sitting in storage while this place was getting built,” he explains. “They cause me to not crank the speakers. When you are listening to big monitors, unless you’re listening loud it’s hard to get the punch. These are super-punchy and still clear, even at low levels.”

Reflecting on the decision to create the space, Sebastian is clearly satisfied with the results. “The studio was an investment for me, but it’s sort of already paid off in the amount of time I’ve spent here and the amount I’ve used it on the road and in my recordings,” he explains. “I’m the Musical Director in my band, so I’ll put all the tracks together and other elements for live. I do a lot of pre-production in the studio and I rehearse in here because everything is where you need it.”

The decision he has made with regards to his monitoring solution equally appears to have paid off. “You need good monitors – and it doesn’t get better than Genelec!” he concludes.

www.genelec.com
www.studioconnections.com.au



Latest News & Blog articles

  • Salsa Sound has upgraded its MIXaiR system. The AI-driven automix software for pitch/court-based sporting events, enables you to automatically create an immersive listening experience using standard mic setups without the need for tracking or manual operation. It does this by analysing the signals of multiple inputs and adjusting accordingly to its sports-specifc ‘trained’ AI. The […]
  • Exhibitors are signing up to take part in ISE 2022, due to take place in Barcelona at the start of February. NIGEL JOPSON takes a look. Registration for ISE 2022 is now open, offering the international audio, visual, and systems integration community a long-anticipated opportunity to reconnect in person at ISE’s new home at the […]
  • Merging will show several new introductions at the Amsterdam IBC2021 show, including developments relevant to broadcasters as IP infrastructures and remote production are ever more important. Its Pyramix digital audio workstation is often used for immersive content, and the 25th Anniversary edition of Pyramix included many of the hooks needed to simplify the workflow when […]
  • DPA Microphones has released a new accessory, the MS4099 mic stand mount, for its 4099 CORE instrument mic – and is also shipping brown versions of its 4466 CORE omnidirectional and 4488 CORE directional headset mics (Resolution V21.3). A solution for mounting the 4099 onto any mic stand, the MS4099 can be used for ⅜” […]
  • When AMS Neve got in touch with us to talk about the fact that its iconic 88R desk turns twenty this year, it occurred to us that the history of Resolution is somewhat intertwined with it. The very first issue of this magazine appeared in May of 2002, not all that long after the launch […]
  • Trinnov Audio has announced a complete hardware and software refresh of its D-MON speaker optimisation and management range. The upgrades are designed to deliver new features that can meet customer and studio requirements as the music industry incrementally adopts Dolby Atmos. Effective from December, the current D-MON 6 and 12 hardware units will be replaced […]
  • Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has today announced it has signed a definitive agreement of merger with PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana based brand is a manufacturer of recording and live-sound hardware. The musical instrument giant, best known for its guitars and amplifiers, is over 75 years old now – but sees potential […]
  • Fraser Jones and Jean Todd of CEDAR Audio USA were on hand to collect CEDAR Audio’s Emmy at the 73rd Engineering Emmy Awards this week at a ceremony held by the Television Academy in Los Angeles. The Award was presented in recognition of the CEDAR Studio suite of noise suppression and restoration tools, which the […]
Translate »