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PMC Monitors Power Yamamoto’s Pinewood Studio

Youki Yamamoto’s facility at Pinewood Studios in the UK was recently augmented with a pair of PMC monitors.

Iver, UK (December 5, 2019)—Musician, composer and orchestrator Youki Yamamoto has spent the last 15 years working in his recording studio at Pinewood Studios in England, where he creates his own music as well as other compositions for films and computer games.

Yamamoto’s studio is housed in a converted theater at Pinewood and is equipped with a vintage Neve 5315 console, Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Prism Sound ADA-8XR conversion, as well as a pair of recently purchase PMC monitors.

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Over the years, he has worked on numerous scores, as an orchestrator and programmer for films such as Never Let Me Go, Belle, One Day, Paddington 2 and Turkish film Meryem, for which he won the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival award for Best Music. He is currently working on music for various computer games, including the Final Fantasy series.

Initially Yamamoto tried PMC IB2 XBD-A monitors with class D amplification, but eventually chose a passive MB2 system with a separate class A Bryston amp. “It’s a matter of personal taste,” he explains.

“The IB2 system was great and probably ‘greener’ because it uses less electricity, and it was perfect when I recorded vocals, but I simply thought I might prefer the sound of the passive MB2 with volt driver system in my room because it was more comfortable around the 200 – 2,500 Hz area, and especially for orchestral work. I thought this could be the most versatile speaker for any kind of music. I get all the lovely clarity and detail that PMC monitors deliver, but don’t get tired listening all day and the sound is so beautiful that I find it hard to leave the studio — I just want to stay in there and keep working. It is almost like being with your first ever girlfriend.”

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Before he bought his PMC monitors, he says, “I was looking for something that would motivate me to work on my own music again, as well as the projects I do for my clients. In that respect, they have been a huge success because as soon as I heard them, I knew I’d found what I was looking for, or what I shouldn’t do. My only concern now is what am I going to do if I find myself in an environment without PMC monitors.”