EMI Music Publishing Studios in London’s West End has seen it’s fair share of Legends through it’s doors. From The Beatles to Iron Maiden, Beastie Boys to Kylie Minogue and when they needed to upgrade their monitoring systems for Studio A & B, Genelec provided the answer..
Scott McCormick EMI Studio Engineer discusses:
“We’ve always struggled a touch with the acoustics in our studios here, but the Genelecs that Source allowed us to trial made a massive improvement,” says Scott.
We are getting great levels of bass out of them comparable to our big, flush mounted three-ways and they are worth three grand and are twice the size,” said Scott.
“Even with the DSP on we aren’t getting any fatigue, the frequencies are full and it makes mixing easy, we are now able to fully trust in what we are listening to.”
With such a high turnover of producers recording at Rathbone Place, it became increasingly important for Scott to source a monitoring system that was accessible and, at the same time, could deliver on performance.
Producers would tend to use Studio A and B for two or three day sessions so need to feel immediately comfortable with the setup. Previously, they have had to constantly adjust bass levels, turning them louder and louder throughout the day, however, with the 8240s & 8250s, the guest producers have been happy with their quality and consistency from the off
.A big draw for producers when working with calibrated 8240 monitors is the trueness of the sound they produce. In a multi-user environment, such as EMI, this accuracy is not to be underestimated as when transporting the mixed tracks out of the studio, producers and artists can be confident that their tracks will sound true on all other systems.
“It’s a huge concern with a lot of the producers we work with,” says Scott, “if they work on a really bassy setup, for example, and when they play their tracks on an outside system, it sounds terrible. A great thing about the DSP on these is that it doesn’t flatter the sound. We know that when we export tracks recorded here, the sound that is produced will be accurate to the recording.”
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