New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company M3 (Music Mix Mobile) recently specified Genelec’s 8200 Series Active DSP Monitoring Systems for the 2012 Grammy Awards live broadcast.
Genelec DSP systems consisting of 8250A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (in an L-C-R array) and 8240A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (L-R rear), along with 7260A Active DSP Subwoofers, were used in M3’s Eclipse truck for the live music mix, as well as in the identical mirrored system in the Horizon offline remix truck.
The team responsible for the audio at this year’s Grammys included a number of high-profile figures from the world of broadcast audio, with the broadcast music mix handled by John Harris and Eric Schilling with supervision from Hank Neuberger, a prominent member of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing. ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart.
In the lead-up to broadcast, the evening’s performers rehearsed their segments live on the stage, with Schilling and Harris developing the mixes in real-time in the Eclipse truck before going over the performances offline, while playing them back for both artist managers and the artists themselves in the Horizon truck. As they prepared for the live mix, it was clear that both trucks would require a world-class, consistent monitoring environment.
Harris commented, “Year after year, Genelec Active Monitoring continues to be the industry standard for high-end monitoring solutions, without question. Their performance is totally consistent show after show, and the sound is the most musical we’ve ever used. With the ability to optimise the surround speaker field with the DSP technology, Genelec offers the peace of mind of knowing our monitors are exactly what we need them to be.”
The Genelec 8200 Series Bi-Amplified Active Monitors employ the company’s proprietary DSP (Digital Signal Processing), GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software) and AutoCal (Automated Calibration software) technologies, which create a self-calibrating monitoring solution that is designed to guarantee both accurate audio and a steady-paced workflow.