Prism Studios has been open 33 years this year. The interesting thing about the building is that the studio is housed underneath what used to be a British Telecom repeater station, which is a bit like a telephone exchange. I’ve always had a state of the art setup here, but something had been niggling at me about my monitors for a while...
Now, I've used pretty much every monitor from the early days, including the NS10s, which I used for years, and they were great, but they were only great because the old studio wasn't a tuned room. There was a resonant frequency of about 82 Hz – so quite a vicious one! But it made the NS10s sound like they had a sub behind them, which of course they hadn't.
Fast forward to a few years ago: I was browsing a Hi-Fi shop and I came across some other studio monitors, completely by accident. I put a track on (I have a test track that I use when I'm working in other studios), which is Seven Days by Sting, engineered by Hugh Padgham. It sounded great and I bought them and used them in my studio for three or four years.
Recently, however, I had the opportunity to try out Genelec’s 8341A point source monitors. It’s always good to try different things, although I convinced myself they weren't going to be anywhere near as good as my other monitors because I just fell in love with them.
Long story short, I managed to put them side by side and do an AB of Seven Days. I heard them through my existing monitors and thought, “Yeah, that's the sound!” As soon as I hit the monitor A button which put the Genelecs on, it was like someone turned the speakers around – that's the only way I can describe it.