Berlin, March 23, 2011
Chris Bell’s career already includes a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album (Kirk Franklin) and work with the Eagles, Erykah Badu, Everclear, Destiny’s Child, U2, Earth, Wind & Fire among others. Now he’s a partner and resident producer-engineer at Blade Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, eager to move to the next phase of his enviable career.
Asked about his career, Chris explains how he made a logical transition from musician to recording engineer, mastering ¼” tape machines at an early age and quickly moving up through the ranks to professional status in Dallas, Texas.
“I was at a huge 5-room studio called the Dallas Sound Lab, “ he points out. I eventually became chief engineer working on Grammy nominated records and films like “Titanic,” “Hope Floats.” Eventually I figured out how to do every type of recording, from commercial spots to surround mixing and records.
At that point, Bell was already using ADAM monitors. “I had a set of S3As and once I started using I got pretty hooked. Whenever I’d go to other rooms, I had to have them. I got so used to them and what they do. It’s like you listen to another speaker and all the detail you usually hear on ADAM speakers is gone.
“And with ADAM, what I’m hearing inside the control translates really well out of the control room. The imaging is absolutely crazy. I just got the newer S3XHs and I really love them. They’re even better than the S3As if that’s possible. And the amps sound better as well. Overall, it’s definitely a step up. We have 5.1 in both rooms so we have three S3XHs up front and four S3XVs in the rear of the room.”