Peerless Mastering Installs SLS Loudspeakers

Sep 3, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Mastering engineer and president/founder of Peerless Mastering, Jeff Lipton (pictured) recently installed SLS Loudspeakers’ S1065 in his Newtonville, Mass. facility.

“The decisions I make while listening on the SLS monitors translate incredibly well outside of the room, whether the record is played on an inexpensive boom box, in a car or on a home stereo system," Lipton explained. “They also enable me to work a lot faster since I can hear exactly what needs to be changed right away and I can trust what I’m hearing.”

An important feature of the SLS monitors, according to Lipton, is their ribbon driver-based design, which eliminates artifacts that can cause ear fatigue. "I can go an 18-hour day, monitoring between 78 and 82 dBs, feeling just as sharp at the end of the day as when I started."

According to mastering facility designer and president of Alactronics, Bob Alach, who provided and installed the speakers at Peerless Mastering, "I choose SLS for mastering facilities because there’s a huge difference between their monitors and just about everything else in the world due to the ribbons. The high-power ribbon drivers are just an entirely different technology; they don’t sound like any other speaker. You don’t get a lot of artifacts using SLS like you can with regular metal-dome tweeters or horn drivers. They help you hear more of what is really recorded.”

Currently, Lipton is using the monitors to work on a Wishing Tree Records compilation album called The Amos House III featuring Wilco, the Aluminum Group and the Skating Club. Lipton's other recent projects include the Dropkick Murphys, the Pernice Brothers, the Magnetic Fields, Big Star, Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie, Atom, Neil Carswell, Jack Drag, The Moles, Richard Davis and the Dead Milkmen.

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