Listening for a point of view
Paterno is extremely conscious of the fact that the type of records he prefers to make – musicians playing in rooms together with a developed sense of ensemble sound – have become less commonplace given the rise in remote workflows in audio production. Guiding these sometimes disparate elements into a completed track requires a more active hand in production, and more active listening. “Modern records tend to be passed from home studio to home studio, so there is not always a cohesive sonic perspective” he explained. “The challenge in mixing these kinds of records is to take these sometimes disparate elements and get them to not only work together, but to translate to the end listener.”
Paterno’s use of Amphion has been a game-changer for him in the realm of translation, he says. Being able to trust that all of his mix decisions are being heard and understood wherever they are being played has resulted in a faster, more intuitive workflow that has given him more control over his sonic point of view than ever before. “The magic in record-making is in the midrange – that’s what needs to translate above all else,” he said. “Amphion is a full-range sound, but that midrange detail feels musical and true to me. I get a very accurate picture of what I am hearing. It translates everywhere, every time”
“I always steer my Mix-Therapy students back to listening – asking how best can you hear the details that are making this performance special, and bring them forward?,” he said. “With the Amphions, I immediately hear more of those details – and it’s made my work that much more precise.”
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