Evolution Studios in Oxford recently extended its PMC monitoring set-up to accommodate a prestigious film project that needed to be mixed in 5.1.
Producer and Evolution owner Nicholas Moorbath already had a stereo configuration of PMC twotwo.8 active reference monitors in his control room but had to add three more to accommodate surround sound mixing.
“I was very grateful to PMC who agreed to lend me the additional monitors I needed to complete this project,” Moorbath said. “I am now extending Evolution and by the end of this year I will have a permanent surround mix suite that will, of course, be equipped with twotwo8s.”
The film, Carmilla, is a gothic-inspired coming-of-age story with a soundtrack composed by Radiohead drummer Philip Selway.
Moorbath’s Evolution Studios is equipped with a Trident 80B console; mic preamps, compressors and FX from Universal Audio, SSL, TL Audio, 1960’s BBC, Lexicon, TC Electronic, etc; microphones from Neumann, Sennheiser, Rode, Beyer and Shure; an 8-core Mac Pro running the latest versions of Pro Tools and Logic with UAD 2 plug-ins and a large selection of backline including a Hammond A100. The studio, which has a large live room and four vocal booths, specialises in live work and voice recording. Since opening in 2012 it has completed music, film and computer games projects for a diverse range of bands and actors including Frank Turner, TEED, Charlie Cunningham, Ride, Fixers, Sir Ben Kingsley and Harry Shearer.
Moorbath concluded: “They are also very non-fatiguing, which means I can spend more time in the studio,” he says. “What’s more, they have plenty of bass at low levels and very tight bottom end.”