As a veteran company specializing in live music broadcast, webcast and remote recording production, American Mobile Studio is no stranger to music festivals all over the United States, including the most saturated parties such as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Equipped with HD Audio mobile truck and custom Fly-pack recording systems, the company is run by a team of seasoned engineers and Grammy Award-winning mixers.
Currently, American Mobile Studio owner Chris Shepard and his team has been hitting the road for music festivals happening throughout the summer season—and he knows no such tour can’t be without the latest, state-of-the-art sound machines. That being said, taking a pair of Adam Audio S2V, a classic two-way nearfield monitor, to events across the country proved to be a sound decision.
Having run his business for a decade, Chris has tried “a variety of speakers in the remote truck, which is essentially like being in a big box.” According to him, the S2V presents “that accurate balance of size and sound pressure level making a comfortable listening environment for me and for my clients.”
American Mobile Studio never compromises a good, strong, tight mono imaging. This is a crucial element for their work to translate well into the broadcast environment which, according to Chris, the S2V successfully delivers.
Adam Audio’s S2V is part of the S Series, the German-based audio equipment manufacturer’s new flagship reference monitoring range. Notably, this lineup comes with new woofers, mid-range drivers, freshly designed waveguides for the tweeter and a new DSP engine that provides voicing options, loudspeaker crossover optimization and expansion potential.
Top features of the S2V include a 7-inch bass driver covering 35 Hz to 3 kHz frequencies, a refined S-ART tweeter that works seamlessly with the innovative HPS waveguide. The compact S2V also sports a 300 W Class D amplifier that handles the woofer and a 50 W Class A/B unit that drives the S-ART tweeter. Adam Audio engineered the S2V with razor sharp imaging as well as a highly accurate and balanced frequency response, allowing it to determine audio details at their most subtle.
American Mobile’s work for music festivals kicks off in early March in Texas for Pandora, and then in Palm Springs for the Coachella and Stagecoach. In June, the Bonnaroo in Tennessee and the Firefly Festival in Delaware keep them busy. By July, the team heads for Pitchfork in Chicago and then to the Panorama Music Festival in New York. The crew is usually in Chicago for Lollapalooza in August before heading for San Francisco for Outside Lands. By fall, American Mobile is in Austin City Limits Music Festival before wrapping it up in New Orleans with Voodoo.
It’s hard not to have the best sound equipment with such a crammed calendar. Chris thinks his team has what they need.
“For me, the Adam S2Vs have been the most comfortable speaker to mix on. That is really what it is about; that I can mix on them all day without fatigue and come back tomorrow and mix for another full day.”
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