Music mastering and DVD authoring facility Gateway Mastering and DVD(Portland, ME) has purchased the newly released Grace Design m906 5.1reference monitoring system. The unit was installed in Gateway’sDVD authoring suite where it will be used as the primary surroundmonitoring controller for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD work. Thesystem is also sourced from a Pro Tools|HD digital audioworkstation.
The m906 has an MSRP of $5,995 (USD) and is now shipping. The unitis a stand-alone, high-fidelity, 5.1 surround monitoring systemdesigned for professional audio applications. The system comprisesthree main components: a 2U, 19-inch rackmount I/O and processingmainframe, remote-control unit and an external half-rack linear powersupply. Multiple analog and digital inputs are provided for both 5.1and stereo sources. Digital formats include AES3, ADAT, S/PDIF andOptical, and incorporates Grace’s lates-generation,ultralow-distortion 24-bit, 192kHz D/A converter technology. Two 5.1control room outputs and up to three stereo pair outputs are providedwith individual channel solo/mute capability.
Comprehensive system calibration tools allow users to fine tuneinput levels, individual interchannel balance and control room outputlevels. Other features include a built-in reference headphone amplifierwith two headphone outputs and a talkback mic input with an associatedTB switch for communicating with talent in the studio. Control room andheadphone output levels are precisely controlled via a pair of steppedrotary encoders, each with a 100dB level range adjustable in 0.5dBsteps. Two large seven-segment blue LED shows output levels.
“We’re doing a lot of final quality-control work in theDVD suite, which demands a monitoring system that’s both highlyaccurate and detailed. We also run quite a number of source machinesfrom DVD and SACD decks to Pro Tools and the m906 easily accommodatesthem all. It also just sounds great!” explained Brian Lee(pictured), lead designer/DVD authoring engineer at Gateway.