The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) Studios, specially built within La Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris, recently installed a pair of the newly released Amadeus Philharmonia speakers, making it Paris’ second instalment after one was acquired by the Philharmonie de Paris’ recording and mastering studios last year.
For the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, over 60 participants from 37 different countries were invited to Paris to work on music together in a collaborative environment in the state-of-the-art recording facilities within La Gaité-Lyrique – a digital arts and modern music centre opened by the City of Paris in December 2010. RBMA brought French music icons Jean-Michel Jarre, Laurent Garnier, Nicolas Godin and Marc Cerrone together with the participants so that producers, mixing and recording engineers got to hear a new level of sound and music.
The Red Bull Music Academy is a ‘world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals’ offering a platform for creative types working in today’s musical landscape.
The Philharmonia speakers, a high definition monitoring system “combining innovation and technology, with style, and a pristine sonic character,” started shipping last November and were designed by Michel Deluc, Amadeus’ director of research & development, along with world-renown architect Jean Nouvel, who designed the new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall building complex.
Jean Marc Harel, director of sound department and mixing engineer at La Gaîté-Lyrique speaks highly of the new Amadeus speakers, "Philharmonia is an innovative, intoxicating and uncompromising speaker system, which offers experienced mixing engineers a terrific monitoring tool capable of making sublime recordings. I am able to perceive and distinguish the intrinsic characteristics of the greatest monitoring systems – timbral transparency, extended bandwidth, perfect impulse response, wide and accurate stereo image, outstanding layering of sound planes – all crowned by remarkable dynamics."