Sir Gant recently purchased a pair of PMC TB2S-A MkII active reference monitors for his personal production facility, Elegant Musicworks. The seasoned producer/arranger/composer – aka Dean Gant – recently toured Europe with Al Mckay’s Earth Wind & Fire Experience as keyboard player.
“These TB2S-A’s are the monitors,” Gant states. “I can hear much more sonic detail on my PMC monitors and they sound the same at all playback levels. I don’t need to push levels, but can if I need that edge. They are full bandwidth!”
Gant began his career as a session musician in his hometown of Chicago, working with such artists as Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. After moving to Los Angeles in the late Seventies, he became a first-call studio musician and recorded two Gold records with Bill Withers and Deniece Williams.
As a producer he scored a hit with “All Night Thing” by the Invisible Man’s Band, a song that he co-wrote. During this time Gant wrote and arranged songs for an impressive list of R&B artists that includes Stephanie Mills, The Spinners, Randy Crawford, Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire, The Emotions and Chaka Khan.
“My greatest asset continues to be a special ability to work with and develop new artists,” he notes.
In 1982 Gant arranged songs and played all instruments on Madonna’s landmark first album, including such hits as “Lucky Star” and “Borderline.” He co-wrote Vesta Williams’ hit, “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” and went on to co-produce and arrange Anita Baker’s Rapture, which won two Grammy Awards. For the next Anita Baker album, Dean arranged the album’s title song, “Giving You The Best That I Got,” which also won a Grammy.
“I had heard about PMC from my good friend, Dave Hampton, who told me that I had to try their monitors. I got to hear them for myself last September at The Village Studios [in West Los Angeles] during a PMC Listening Party, and then at last fall’s AES Convention in New York where I auditioned a number of the PMC systems and settled on the TB2S-A MkII Reference Monitors,” Gant explains. “I used them on a number of projects and was immediately blown away. They are perfect for my control room. My regular engineer, Neal Pogue – who also is a Grammy winner and is co-producing my new solo project, ‘The Journey’ – was equally impressed by their smoothness and wide dynamic range.
“There is a lot of ‘herd mentality’ in our industry,” he continues. “People use something that is currently popular - for whatever reason - but without really listening to what the monitor speaker can achieve on a real project. My PMCs are better sounding than anything else I have come across.”
Currently being mixed on PMC TB2S-A monitors, Gant’s self-penned solo project “The Journey” is scheduled for a late-summer release; a book to accompany the project, which chronicles the artist’s rich and varied career, is planned for next year.
“The CD project comprises four vocal and four instrumental tracks that pay tribute to Chicago musicians from my hometown,” he says, “including Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Curtis Mayfield.”
The TB2S-A Reference Monitor is PMC’s first stand-mount design to incorporate proprietary ATL - Advanced Transmission Line – with bass response down to 40 Hz. The design incorporates a 1.1-inch twin-chamber, soft-dome HF tweeter and 6.7-inch LF driver with a cast magnesium chassis.