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exaggerated; the lows punch rather than
push and rumble, the mids are nicely forward
and unscooped (yes!), and I have already
described the clear but not brittle high end.
They have a very generous sweet
spot, but rather than being ultra-wide
for the sake of width, I found it nicely
even and immersive. Moving your head
to either side of the stereo field does
not collapse the image or make the mix
feel out of phase as some speakers can
do. This balanced evenness continues
as you move around the room, but you
do lose the low punch a tad when you
step out of the ideal listening triangle.
When mixing, bass guitar and kick
drum are very easy to sculpt into a mix, as
it is bass you can hear rather than a low
you feel. As for the mids, vocals feel like
you can reach out and touch them. These
are very genre-neutral speakers; they
especially sound good on heavy modern
rock, as the highs don't take your head
off. Their sound stays consistent at any
volume level and they are comfortable at
low, mid, and cranked levels-and despite
their size, these little guys can crank!

About the only genres that may not
work well without a subwoofer are hiphop and deep bass style electronic music,
but only if you need to really feel those
deep frequencies. I tried them with a KRK
12sHO, and they paired nicely with it
once I adjusted levels so I was just using
the sub conservatively for some boom.
As they break in, the bass does open up
a touch, and I wonder how they will sound
six months on! Even after a month, they
are much bigger sounding than they look.
The overall sound is nicely enveloping and
competes well with many 8" models.

Trust
All new monitors require a learning
curve, and these are all about trusting
what you hear. If you are moving from
studio monitors with bright highs and
bass hype to the SCM12 Pro speakers,
they may seem a but mid-heavy at first,
or even unexciting and dull.
For me, once I learned to trust that evenness and stop trying to compensate and
push them to have the bright highs and
booming lows I was typically used to, they

really became a joy for mixing. In recent
years, this clear and unhyped sound has
often been one of the defining marks of
upper-end professional monitors. Even
after day-long sessions, I was going home
with zero fatigue. Even better, my mixes
translated very well to the real world.

Conclusion
The SCM12 Pro monitor is ATC's most
affordable to date, but it's still a serious
investment, even if you take advantage of
the over-$1000 savings from buying them
as a system with the P1 Pro amplifier. Still,
you're definitely getting what you pay for.
Bottom line, this is a great-sounding midsized speaker. It would be perfect for edit
suites, home studios, and as smaller nearfields in larger rooms. The components in
this system ooze ATC quality and they are
a comfortable joy to mix on... and what
more could you ask for in a monitor?

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