EVE Audio User Story – Troy Antunes – SC407KEITH MALIN
UK, London – Producer and professional bassist Troy Antunes has invested in a pair of EVE Audio SC407’s for his studio in Muswell Hill, north London.
Troy was looking at replacements for his D.A.S passive monitors, and after listening to a number of options, decided on the Eve SC407 active monitors.
Troy’s studio control room is around 3m wide by 5m long and treated with a ‘live end/dead end’ design using heavy absorption at the console end of the studio and diffusion panels at the other end to break up the sound field on the early incidental reflections. There is also a slanted drop down ceiling baffle to break up ceiling to floor standing waves. The studio has an unimposing character with some carefully evaluated treatment used throughout. The Eve’s were placed in a portrait position using the adjustable tweeter/mid-range plate on the SC407’s. The positioning and room size were ideal for the studio, with enough power to fill the room at louder levels without overdriving the system.
“It didn’t take me long to get my ears onto them,” said Troy, “probably because I am used to the room as well, but as soon as I realised – OK, so this is how the Eve’s work, I get it, and then it was off to the races”. Troy continued “I was listening back to my old mixes, and I’m like hold on where did the mid’s go?! I could hear stuff in the mix that I forgot I even had in there.” Troy went on to say “I recently had to learn some bass parts for an upcoming session and so I put my axe through the SC407’s for the first time which was a real nice surprise. A lot of systems including my own that I have worked on, I would be – OK, so I need to back off a bit here, and this might need some shaping around, but the Eve’s just took it”.
After a quick rearrange in the studio to position the camera I noticed Troy’s open session and asked what he was working on. “The last few days I have been doing a lot of vocal editing,” explained Troy “so the Eve’s have been running pretty quiet. The great thing is that what you hear at low levels is exactly what you hear at louder levels which works for me as you don’t need to be blasting it out all the time. Of course when you’re playing back to the clients you need the punch to hit you in the chest which the 407’s deliver. Everything’s tight man!” concluded Troy, smiling happily…
We appreciate Troy inviting Nova Distribution to pop down to take a picture of the EVE’s in his studio and get some feedback on how the monitors are working with him so far. We couldn’t help noticing a number of platinum discs around the studio with some very nice album and live tour accolades, notably with Justin Timberlake so we asked what projects Troy had been involved with.
Troy informed, “Justin and I met during NSync, I was with those guys since day one. Interestingly they were big in Germany before they made it in the US. My cousin Kevin Antunes and I were assigned musical director and assistant musical director for NSync and I played the bass. So we did the whole NSync thing for about 4 albums and then Justin wanted to do his solo thing. Justin asked Kev and I if we would like to join him on the Justifed tour and we were like “What are you crazy, this is like some of the dopest music we’ve heard” That was back in 2003 and so we spent the next 3 years touring the world with Justin alongside an amazing 13 piece live band. It was awesome, and we were blessed to be amongst such amazing musicians.”
We asked Troy what he is doing here in the UK and what his next chapter holds in store. “At the moment I’m doing a lot with my own label Funky Viva Productions. We are working with a new RnB pop group NVS. It’s going really well and we are just trying to get the album finished and sent over to Carl Nappa for final mixdown. Things are definitely happening”.
Listening back to the latest song from NVS, it is clear that Troy has definitely got to grips with the monitors and is making sure he gets every drop of energy out of the 407’s. Sounding very phatt! We wish Troy all the best with his Funky Viva Label and upcoming projects. Thanks for choosing the EVE’s and sharing your good vibes on the SC407’s with us.
Phil Skins, Nova Distribution