Entering Michele’s studio is rather incredible experience as you face a wall of 60 unit custom-built Euro modular synthesizer, a 5U Macbeth synth, and a Moog Model 15 Synthesizer. And that is just for openers! A number of high-end microphones such as Telefunken USA U47 and 251, Schoeps CMC5 and Neumann KM184 feeding mic-pres like Manley MIC MAID, a mix between the pre section of a Heritage Audio 1073 and the EQ section of a 1081, as well as a LaChapell 992EG. The studio-picture is completed with the likes of Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor and Analog Tube AT-101 Stereo Compressor/Limiter. A collection of bass and guitars, a few high-end keyboards, and some beat machines round up the brief studio tour.
“I learned very soon in my career that knowing and trusting your monitors is essential,”
says Michele, who dedicates the monitoring in his studio to a pair Augspurger Duo8 monitors with Sub12 and a pair of Amphion Two18 with BaseOne25 system. He shares with us that his previous room was not adequately acoustically-treated, and he needed monitors that would “overcome the limits of the room”.
With the Amphions “I was instantly able to mix again my records without worrying too much about room acoustics,” says Michele.
“Jared from Pro Audio LA was kind enough to let me try in my room the One15, One18 and Two18. I really liked them all and for a period of time I had both the Two18 and the One15 in my previous studio,” continues Michele.
“After a lot of speakers with over-hyped frequency response, I finally found a balanced and trustworthy monitor system! I recently added the BaseOne25 to my Two18, and it is a great addition. Simply extending my frequency range in an unobtrusive way,” says Michele.
He adds that according to him Amphions are a “great mixing tool”, saying:
“I can mix faster now and in even from my very first mix with them, the translation to different systems was superior!”
Maintaining a steady performance schedule, with at least a couple of albums in Top Ten for almost a decade is not just a matter of expertise and tools. It is a driving passion and love for what you are doing, and Michele’s work is the living example of this.