Kensington Sound's Vezi Tayyeb gets Tetra-fied
Cheers to all those others who have been recently Tetra-fied. Being an old-school
musical refugee from the 60's, I was skeptical when Bill and Adrian first approached
me with with their unique speakers. However, after only 30 seconds, I knew they
were very special indeed. I applaud Tetra for making it so much easier to HEAR.
I heard stuff on some well-worn productions of mine I never knew existed....luckily,
for all concerned, most of it was in tune and somewhat in time!
After a few pleasant auditions and imported beer enhanced dialogue, I eventually
graduated up to the Tetra 505's (powered by my beloved ancient Bryston 4-B) which
I recently used exclusively as my final mix monitors for a project I have been producing
over the last year. For me as a producer, getting the lead vocal to 'sit' comfortably
in the mix is almost the whole secret to producing a successful record. I can honestly
say, that for the first time in my somewhat challenged memory, all my lead vocal
levels were finally, consistently dead on (not a small feat), precisely where I
had wanted them to be. Adjusting minute elements of reverb decay, chorus and delay
settings, panning decisions and any eq. adjustments were a breeze and translated
perfectly on all other systems.
To be honest, I wrestled a bit with the bottom (the whole resonance approach is
uncharted waters for me) ....I'm old-fashioned and I like to hear the thwack of
a 12" or 15" woofer like my old JBL 4343's or even my current JBL 4311's (circa
70's) no matter what dangerous and misleading garden path they lead me down.However,
once I got used to hearing what Tetra hears across the entire frequency spectrum,
I was even able to work out the bottom end issues to my satisfaction.
Are they perfect??
That's a loaded and to some degree, pointless question that I'll leave to other
more qualified audiophiles than myself to answer. All I know is that they made a
convert out of me and that's no simple task. Embracing new technology quickly is
not usually my forte. I 'm still trying to figure out why my microwave burns my
Note from Tetra
Vezi has engineered projects with Daniel Lanois, Alannah Myles, Teenage Head, Steve
Kupka from Tower of Power, Murray Mclauchlan and Chris Spedding. He also has produced
artists such as the Drifters, Bill Colgate, the Lincolns, Melwood Cutlery and Steve
Bill Colgate's album 'boomer bust' should be out soon...I just finished mixing a
new-rock band called Sam Hell...it was just mastered in N.Y. at Sony so that should
be out soon...oh yeah, forgot...finished Bill Bridges jazz album should be out in
about a month or so...going to Japan in a few weeks with the Drifters, coming back...to
mix MY Cd with my co-producer who is flying in from Hong Kong to help me...should
be done by march 10...so come April there should be at least 4 Tetra-fied Vezi-produced
albums released...will keep you posted.
Bill Colgate's "boomer bust" (go to www.billcolgate.com).