Over the past 30 years, producer, mixer and engineer Dave Eringa has worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry. He has mixed for everyone from Manic Street Preachers to Kylie Minogue and Ocean Colour Scene to Roger Daltrey, and for the majority of this time he has used his own stereo pair of monitors, both in his own Electric Daveyland studio, as well as on the road. After two decades of service, he decided it was time to make a change, investing in a pair of Genelec 8351B coaxial Smart Active Monitors, from ‘The Ones’ series.
“Originally I got myself a pair of studio monitors, and I had them for 20 years – they were just my speakers,” he explains. “They then got seriously tired and technology had moved on quite a lot. I was doing an album with Roger Daltrey in Metropolis Studios, with mixes done by Michael Brauer, and they had just got the new Genelecs in. When we got the mix ready and played it on them and turned it up, I said, ‘Oh my goodness, these sound amazing!’ and that’s what started my ‘I’m going to need to do this’ kind of thinking!”
Having used another brand for such a long period, Eringa hadn’t planned on switching to Genelec until he heard the 8351s in action.
“I thought I knew what to expect but then when I heard them, I thought ‘this is a whole different game – this is brilliant!’, he says. “I could hear everything so pinpoint and clear, and the bottom end was just so solid. I was definitely ‘in’ from the first listen.”
The decision was made easier after his first experience with the monitors at London’s legendary Metropolis Studios.
“Going into Metropolis, they really sounded the way I expected them to, but I could also hear into the mix so much better,” he elaborates. “I felt like I understood them straight away and equally, I could just hear a lot more, the bottom end was clearly a lot better. It was what I was expecting to hear, but more.”
While hearing them in Metropolis made for a positive first experience, bringing them into his own Electric Daveyland studio would be a different matter.
“I’m lucky enough to be friends with Andy Bensley from Genelec, and he came here and set them up properly for me with the GLM calibration software,” Eringa says. “He was like ‘let’s see what your old monitors are doing,’ and you could tell he was definitely surprised by how flat they were. I think he thought ‘we’ve got a bit of a challenge here’, but he just blew them out of the water, obviously.