Dean says that everyone’s goal is to achieve a mix that translates everywhere. “Before the Amphion,” Dean admits, “anytime I would listen to a mix outside of the studio, I’d have to remix the track and A/B it again for the outside world. With the Amphion, in my case the Two15, everything sounded identical outside the studio as it did in it.” Having a diverse clientele from artists to TV and film productions makes the requirements for Dean’s work very heterogeneous. “There was a time when I had a pair of monitors for TV and another brand for songs. The Amphion’s have the right amount of midrange. Not too bright or too flat. The overall frequency response is perfect. I could easily mix songs and score orchestral tracks without having to switch brands,” says Dean.
Dean’s philosophy is that everything occurs in the “mids”, and most important is the vocal or the lead instrument. “Before the Amphion’s, I was mixing on a different brand monitor, and for one reason or another, could never get the mids to sit properly in the mix. It was either under-rated or over-rated. The Amphion’s are designed in a way where you can get around these issues easily,” shares Dean, and continues, “I can find the perfect frequency in minutes. Something that used to take hours.”
“Now, I spend more time creating and less time re-mixing.”
It was recently that Dean added a pair of Amphion Two18 studio monitors and Amp500 next to his existing Two15s. “I generally use the Two15s to write and compose, and the Two18s to mix. The 18s are more of an extension to the 15s with a deeper bass, so whatever isn’t audible on the 15s, I can clearly hear in the 18s,” says Dean. According to him, Amphion studio monitors contribute what other speakers do not.
“I save a lot of time mixing on the Amphions. I quickly get to the results and that is a real time saver, especially when I’m working on multiple sessions, and I find it a real pleasure to song-write, compose, record and mix my music on the Amphions,” he adds.
Dean says that his next step would be getting the BaseOne25 system and expects it to be “the ultimate mind-blowing experience.”
“If anyone is interested in monitors, they should definitely give Amphion a test drive,” says Dean and goes on to say, “whether you’re looking for alternative monitors or mains, you can’t go wrong with any of the Amphion line.” Dean Landon concludes: “I’m in Amphion heaven!”