Man Made Music, a Manhattan-based company owned by award-winning composer and producer Joel Beckerman that specialises in sound design, sonic branding and music creation, has been working closely with UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC to upgrade the stereo and surround monitoring in one of its two control rooms.
The company has installed a PMC IB2S XBD-A active system for both stereo and 5.1 monitoring and is using PMC Wafer2 passive speakers for Left and Right Rear Surround positions. These provide excellent dispersion and frequency response in a small, rectangular footprint, and because they can easily be mounted to any wall they allow for maximum flexibility in all types of custom-install situations. Man Made Music’s studio facilities occupy over 10,000 square feet of space in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district.
“The PMCs are hands-down the most true and transparent monitors I’ve mixed with,” said Beckerman. “They’re also so incredibly inspiring to track with, which just makes the music better all-around.”
Man Made Music’s Manhattan base incorporates two large control rooms, a communal tracking space and several other smaller production studios and offices. The technical facilities were designed by renowned studio designer Fran Manzella, who describes the isolation in the two primary studios as ‘the highest-end we do, with completely decoupled floors and multi-layered box-inside-a-box walls’.
The decision to upgrade Man Made Music’s main A Control Room was taken by chief engineer Dennis Wall and chief technician Darren Moore, who both recognised the need for better stereo and surround monitoring. “We do IMAX, immersive and other advanced audio formats, so we were looking for an upgrade to add to the speaker allotment in our main studio,” said Moore. “PMC are leading the way for the new Dolby Atmos format and were already outfitting major facilities and schools with Dolby Atmos systems.”
The addition of the new PMC monitors is providing better full-room coverage and additional reference monitors for mixing in-studio. This, in turn, is allowing clients, guests and larger groups to enjoy the full surround experience: “Having the new PMC system is a joy,” added Wall. “There’s less guesswork when mixing, less ear fatigue when tracking, and they also deliver that ‘wow’ factor for client presentations.”
Man Made Music is now using its new PMC monitors to create music and sounds for companies such as Nissan, Disney, Citi, Alzheimer’s Association and HBO.