Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
08/01/2013

Genelec Improves Acoustics AT EMI Publishing Studios

News Image
From The Beatles to The Beastie Boys and Kylie Minogue to Iron Maiden, EMI can boast one of the most diverse back catalogues in the industry, containing some of the most significant and influential works in modern music.
On Rathbone Place in London, a humble, nondescript back-alley plays host to one of the capital’s most vibrant, busiest and long-standing recording facilities, the EMI Publishing Studios, now fully equipped and recently updated with Genelec active monitors.
The site houses two UAD-2 powered Pro Tools mixing rooms, which surround an intimate live room. Large consoles are flanked by a selection of classic outboard effects, assorted in-house guitars, amps, drums and a classic Moog Little Phatty. However, as well stocked as these studios were, welcoming the biggest producers and artists in the world, the monitoring wasn’t up to scratch. Scott McCormick, EMI Engineer, called in Source Distribution to assess the situation.
"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 now have the 8240s in Studio B and a set of 8250s in Studio A. Both studios can be acoustically difficult but the Genelecs were a massive help, they just work."
Genelec’s 8240A Bi-Amplified monitoring system is a compact yet powerful setup that is perfectly suited to a space such as EMI’s Studio B. It is able to provide a wide frequency response in even the tightest of spaces and has the ability to out-perform much larger systems.
The DSP function helps the monitors adjust to the room and provide the producers and engineers at EMI with an incredibly accurate and warm sound. "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."
Equally happy with their trial of the 8250As in the Studio A, Scott praised the ability to jack straight from Pro Tools into the monitors. “Being able to bypass the desk in this way means we get the purest path possible. Mixing like this allows us to establish a direct mixing chain and a more analogue chain for vibing, tracking and writing."
Over 30 years’ of development, technology and know-how has gone into the latest 8240A and 8250A monitoring systems from Genelec, but for all the technology and design, perhaps Scott offers the most accurate summary of their performance:
"In this studio they do a better job than any set of speakers we’ve ever used."
www.genelec.com

Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

15/10/2021
Sky Studios Partners With DBK Studios
Sky Studios and DBK Studios are partnering for a series of short films to air on Sky Arts that nurture talent from Black and other diverse backgrounds
10/08/2012
BBC Studios And Post Production Confirms Interim Moves To Elstree Studios
BBC Studios and Post Production, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC providing world-class television studios, post production and digital media servic
13/07/2017
Elstree Studios Creates More Space
Elstree Studios has vacated some of its storage space to accommodate more productions. The last year has been a record year for Elstree Studios, with
30/06/2017
90th Anniversary At Elstree Studios
Elstree Studios is celebrating its 90th birthday. If you visit Borehamwood High Street the home of Elstree Studios you will see that every lamppost is
28/06/2017
d3 Technologies Helps Brand ITV Studios' Live Sports Programming
d3 Technologies' together with White Light, London, have created the first d3 on-set projection mapped TV studio, using the d3 2x2plus and two d3 4x4p
27/06/2017
Axis Group Launches Axis Studios
Axis Group has announced the launch of Axis Studios. The rebranding unites the groups three branches – Axis Animation, Flaunt Productions and axisVFX
01/08/2017
Submissions Open For Music Producers Guild Awards 2018
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Music Producers Guild Awards, organisers are promising that the next ceremony, which takes place in London on Marc
17/11/2017
UK Studios: An International Success Story
It has often been said that Hollywood is the most recognisable film industry in the world, with hundreds of movies and television series generated eve
10/05/2018
Acoustician Talks About Creating Sound Studios For Music, Broadcast And Post
Chris Walls started Level Acoustic Design four years ago and has no intention of stopping. The company has already achieved a lot creating studios for
10/04/2017
Fountain Studios Auction Raises Over £670,000
It has been revealed that an online auction of production and broadcast equipment from the former Fountain Studios has raised more than £670,000. Over
19/02/2015
Strength To Strength – The Story Of Elstree
Star Wars. Indiana Jones. The Shining. Hitchcock. Elstree Studios is an iconic studio. But where did it all start? The studio was established in 1926
06/01/2009
Roger Morris Appointed Managing Director of Elstree Studios
Roger Morris has been appointed Managing Director of Elstree Studios. Roger Morris has been in the film and TV industry for over 20 years and has a we
16/01/2013
The Music Producers Guild And Legacy Studios Launch Production Seminars
The Music Producers Guild, in conjunction with Joram Pinxteren at Legacy Studios in Holland, will host a series of seminar/workshops. These will run p
04/07/2008
Aquarium Studios Announces Expansion And Refurbishment of Worldwide Studios
Audio post-production company Aquarium, has announced that it has completed the refurbishment of part of the legendary Worldwide Studios to provide th
05/09/2017
Busy Summer For Camberwell Studios
This summer has seen a steady flow of varied and interesting work coming into the studios. In some cases we provided only the space, in others we supp