Japanese sound designer and producer Shigeo Aoki was looking for a new set of speakers — and he chose the EVE Audio SC305. Proceed, a Japanese specialized magazine, paid him a visit to find out what made the SC305 so special:
Q. What was your first impression of the EVE SC305?
Their stunning sound impressed me. I was surprised to find out that the sound of big recording studios could be reproduced with speakers this big. And I knew right away that I would be much more motivated working with these speakers. For me, as a producer, it is very important to work with speakers that motivate me.
Q. The EVE SC305 are a three-way system. Up to now you had always worked with two-way speakers. What is the difference in a three-way monitor? What do you think is better and with what sort of music do you notice differences?
With three-way systems you hear the mids more accurately and directly. I listened to my older projects with the
SC305 and immediately noticed a difference compared to my two-way system. But the Wow effect came while listening
to music with vocals. The frequency range of vocals is much clearer and it is easier to hear the balance between
the different elements. The lows sound different than before as well. They sound fresher and you can distinguish
the bass and kick drum better. Three-way speakers convey the different instruments and musical elements much better,
which changes the way you approach a mix.
Nowadays I am often involved in live recording and have mixed projects with my two-say system. When I play them back with the SR System (Substitutional Reality System) there are almost no differences. But when I mix something on the three-way speakers, I get closer to the goal, which is very convenient.
Many studios have three-way monitors that are very comfortable to work and mix with, but there has never been such a compact three-way system that still manages to sound like a big system.
In my opinion, the EVE Audio SC305 hit the nail right on the head.
Q. What are your criteria for loudspeakers?
Either they stimulate me or they don't :). Seriously, it is very important to be motivated when writing songs.
You change speakers depending on where you are or the specific period in time. But good speakers remain a standard, even decades later. I hope that EVE speakers become a standard in the industry. With the integrated DSP you can adjust the settings to any room. They are a new generation of speakers.