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German composer and producer, Juh-Dee equipped his studio in Duisburg with Genelec 1234 and 8331 Smart Active Monitors.
Juh-Dee began his musical path DJ-ing at parties as a youngster. He soon started making music himself, connecting with other emerging German rap stars.
He believes Germany’s love for rap music is more than a passing trend. “I don’t see this as short-term popularity. That hype has actually been there for a long time, since 2008/2009. It just never reached the masses because back then the distribution wasn’t there. Kids didn’t buy CDs, they just downloaded the songs illegally at that time. But when that started to subside, people bought more CDs again. Now, in the era of smartphones, with streaming and YouTube, that’s the reason it won’t go away. It’s become the new Pop music.”
Juh-Dee’s preference for studio monitoring has always been large, wall-mounted main monitors, so he picked Genelec 1234.
“In a great studio, there has to be speakers in the wall,” he said. “I did my first mixes here and I was really surprised at how ‘real’ the 1234s sound, even at high volume.”
The 1234s are complemented by a 7370 subwoofer. “I usually use the subwoofer when I’m working on deep 808s, for example, so I can really hear the whole spectrum down to 20 Hz and I can absolutely hear if they sound ok, or if there’s any strange frequencies going on,” explained Juh-Dee.
His system also includes 8331 coaxial three-way nearfields from The Ones series. “I use The Ones to double check things at a lower volume, so when I don’t need the full blast of the big 1234s, they are really good for details,” added Juh-Dee. “Also, when I’m mixing for too long with too much volume, I use the 8331s — and I can also easily control them using Genelec’s GLM software. It’s super easy to quickly dial in changes, tweak the frequency response, change the volume, and do adjustments.”