LONDON, ENGLAND: Italian eclectic producer DJ Robert Miles put together one of the biggest hits of the nineties with his monster single „Children,“ and was rewarded with a Brit Award in 1997. Several albums and identities later, he is now permanently residing in London, and has put the finishing touches on a new private recording studio, where he is starting work on his new solo album.
From its penthouse location, the studio has spectacular views over the city. Alongside the signature wood panel finishes from designers, Recording Architecture, the room is dominated by stand-mounted ATC SCM100 three-way studio monitors, continuing a theme from Miles‘ previous studio in west London, which featured the larger ATC SCM300s.
Robert was introduced initially to ATC monitors by Roger D’Arcy of Recording Architecture, who also created the design for the earlier studio. „So many systems sound good when you play the music loud, but not as good when you work at low volume. ATC monitors maintain the quality sound at low levels. That was mainly what I looked for because, spending 16 hours a day in here, I like to mix my music at a low volume. In this respect, ATC really works for me. Many well-known brands of monitors will alter the sound. An ATC speaker doesn’t have any coloration. What you hear is the truth.“
Although his priority is his solo project, Robert Miles welcomes many collaborators to his studio, including Bill Laswell, Nitin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu, Jon Thorne and Robert Fripp, with whom he is planning an album, and producing new material for up and coming artists. Describing himself as a ‚360-degree composer/producer,‘ Miles is also DJ-ing regularly, producing for his own label S:alt Records, (www.saltrecords.com) and composing music for advertising and film projects.
A ‚digital domain‘ user for eight years, his minimalist studio is designed around a MAC G5 double processor, Digidesign HD192kHz audio interface + Pro Logic Pro 7 system, with copious quantities of plug-ins, „all to simulate the analogue sound. I love the digital domain for its limitless options, and try to get what I want through a combination of digital mixing and processing/mastering with analogue machines to warm up the sound. Today all you need to mix is a powerful computer, an audio/midi interface like Pro Tools/Logic and as many plug-ins as you can get.“
ATC’s drivers are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances and are legendary for their many design innovations, such as the innovative SL magnet system and the company’s renowned Soft Dome midrange driver, which achieves exceptionally broad and even dispersion to produce a flat response anywhere in the room. Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer and musician Bill Woodman.