Bruce Swedien Relies on Westlake Near-Fields

Aug 27, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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It takes a momentous event to impress legendary engineer/producer Bruce Swedien. But when Glenn Phoenix of Westlake Audio brought in a pair of Westlake Audio Lc3w12s at a recent Jennifer Lopez session at the Record Plant (Los Angeles), that event happened--Swedien now considers the Lc3w12 his new standard near-field monitor.

"Glenn Phoenix called me one day and said that he had just finished a new speaker design," Swedien said. "Glenn said it was called the Westlake Lc3w12 and suggested that I should give it a serious listen. I was a bit skeptical at first about trying any new music-mixing speaker, but I should have known better than to underestimate Glenn when it comes to an audio-design issue. One mix using the Lc3w12s at Record Plant in L.A. convinced me to keep on using them!

"To me, the mixing phase of my music projects is very personal and can get a bit intense," Swedien continues. "Music mixing is the last phase of the project where I can make an artistic contribution to the sonics of the music, so the monitors are critical to the success of the project. When I sat down to listen to the new Westlakes, I was absolutely amazed! The imaging detail is dynamic! I have never heard speakers with more points of sound-source definition in the left-to-right panorama. In addition, the low end is spectacular! The scale of the soundfield is flawless. I am a very happy dude!"

Swedien is currently recording and mixing the new Jennifer Lopez album for Sony Music. The project started at the Record Plant and has migrated east to New York's Hit Factory.

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