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Stephen Marsh

Marsh Mastering Picks up Sceptre Monitors

With a resume as wide and varied as it is lengthy, Stephen Marsh has earned his position as one of the industry’s go-to mastering engineers. His company, Marsh Mastering, has been behind the soundtracks for some of Hollywood’s best known films and TV shows, as well as many highly acclaimed audiophile collections and other high-end recordings.

Like most mastering engineers, Marsh is exceptionally particular about his mixing environment and has spent considerable time and scrutiny creating a space he can count on for critical listening and decision making. As he explains, “when I’m in a mastering room, one thing I want to be able to do is to just lay bare the audio.”

Not surprisingly, Marsh has a pair of very high-quality studio monitors, and as he points out, “the room is tuned to the mains, and I’m very accustomed to the sound of the mains.” He recently added a pair of PreSonus Sceptre S8 monitors to his listening arsenal and admits to being more than a little surprised.

“Often, when you introduce a set of near-field monitors, they don’t really translate in a way that complements the mains,” he observes. “One thing that instantly struck me about the Sceptres was how well they fit in. They have a pleasing character that really works well with the room.”

Marsh adds, “One of the things I noticed right away with the Sceptres was that I actually wanted to listen to them. What I mean is, I have a great-sounding set of mains in this room; I’ve been listening to them for years, and I know them. My inclination is to listen to those. What I found with the Sceptres is that I kept wanting to go back and listen to them. They’ve got a really pleasing character that draws me in and makes me want to listen to them. I find that the more I listen to them, I keep going back to them more and more. Their character is very natural — it’s like a universal translator for audio. I highly recommend them.”