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Top Nashville Engineer Matt McClure Goes All Barefoot

MiniMain 12s for The Roost Plus Two Sets of MM27s for the Road

Pictured in his studio The Roost is engineer Matt McClure and his new Barefoot Sound MM12 main monitors.

Pictured in his studio The Roost is engineer Matt McClure and his new Barefoot Sound MM12 main monitors.

Nashville, TN, February, 2014 — Top Nashville mixing and tracking engineer Matt McClure has installed Barefoot Sound’s flagship MiniMain12 monitors in his studio, The Roost.

“The listening position is spot on and I just did a little bit of tweaking and man, the first listen would blow your mind,” McClure explains. “They’re ridiculous. I have worked in all of the big installs all over this town and my control room sounds more World Class than any of them.”

In the last few years, McClure has become one of the most in-demand mixing/tracking engineers in Nashville, working with some of Music City’s finest hit songwriters, including Tom Shapiro, Jim Collins, Tony Martin, Mark Nesler, Rodney Clawson, Wendell Mobley, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Wade Kirby, Jennifer Hanson, Doug Johnson, Kyle Jacobs, Lee Brice, Ben Glover, Terry McBride, and David Lee Murphy, whose combined success has resulted in over 150 #1 singles on the country and pop charts, many of which were originally demoed, produced and mixed by McClure.

McClure’s experience with Barefoot Sound goes back eight years when he demoed a pair of the smaller MM27s through Vintage King Audio.

“They brought them over and I stuck them up on the console and finished the mix and then gave it to the client and everybody passed it around. It translated perfectly. I got the biggest compliments I had gotten to date on any mix I’d done.”

Producers and record labels that have benefited from Matt’s work include Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Doug Johnson (Doug Stone, Shenendoah, Ty Herndon, James Bonamy, Lee Brice), Phil O’Donnnell (Craig Morgan), Sony Music Group, UMG Records, Warner Brothers Nashville, Broken Bow Records, and Curb Records.

“I called Vintage King back and I told company co-founder Mike Nehra, ‘Man, I know these were demos, but I’m keeping them. I’ll pay you full price for them. I’m serious, you can’t have your demos back. I will not go another day without them.’ That’s how serious I was. And then later I got a second pair of 27s with cases so I could easily set up in trackng rooms and have the identical sound I had at my studio.”

In 2008, McClure was asked to become a partner in a startup entertainment company, “The Fringe”, a joint venture between Matt and two hit songwriters, Kyle Jacobs and Ben Glover. Part publishing, part production, “The Fringe” became one of the fastest growing entertainment companies in Nashville.
Since August 2011, McClure and Jacobs have co-produced two #1 hit singles for Lee Brice, “Hard To Love” (penned by Glover), and “I Drive Your Truck” which became the 2013 CMA “Song Of The Year”, as well as earning two Grammy nominations in 2014, and 5 upcoming ACM nominations.

“The Vintage King crew, especially Jeff Leibovich in Chicago and Chad Evans here in Nashville, have made tremendous strides in taking care of us,” adds McClure. “Jeff understands that I’m doing this every single day of my life, 12-14 hours a day. Most of the time when I’m calling them, I already know pretty much what I want. I don’t need someone trying to steer me in a different direction because there’s a product that’s being pushed on the shelves and they’re going to get more commission. That doesn’t happen with Vintage King.”

Learn more at : http://vintageking.com/barefoot-sound-minimain12-pair

Barefoot Sound’s MiniMain12 is a 4-way active system with 7 drive units housed in sealed enclosures spanning 20Hz to 40kHz with vanishingly low distortion, exceptional dynamic range and ultra-fast transient response. Every driver has an under-hung voice coil moving inside an advanced geometry motor that enables it to make extremely long linear excursions. The ring radiator tweeter is incredibly detailed and produces very wide dispersion out to its highest frequencies. The aluminum cone subwoofers, woofers and midranges radiate as perfect pistons to at least 2.5 octaves beyond their respective bandwidths.

Barefoot teamed up with the brilliant Bruno Putzeys of Hypex to develop the powerful and completely transparent amplifier stage of the MM12. Melding the system together is a groundbreaking DSP crossover that has taken Thomas Barefoot more than 4 years to develop. With beautifully designed high end converts and cutting edge proprietary filtering techniques the MiniMain12 produces a seamless and coherent wavefront that allows a listening distance of less that 3 feet with no sonic compromise, yet work perfectly at far field distances as well, producing SPLs equivalent to large monitoring systems.