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Music Production

Montreal Composer Scores with PMC

Everything from TV music to video game scores comes out of Samuel Laflamme’s studio monitors.

Montreal, Canada (August 22, 2018)—Samuel Laflamme, a Canadian producer and composer who has scored numerous television shows, documentaries, video games and ad spots across multitude genres, has purchased a pair of PMC IB2S-A for his studio in the Mile End district of Montreal.

“I was introduced to PMC by James Duhamel, my studio facility partner, who owns a pair of IB1 monitors,” Laflamme says. “Hearing his monitors convinced me to try PMC.

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“Previously my main monitors were modified Altec 604s and I loved the mids I got from them, but they lacked detail. They did an awesome job for the composition part of my work, but when it came to production, I needed more detail in the audio imagery and wanted to know how my ideas would translate to the real world.”

PMC’s Canadian distributor Systemes Guinois supplied the new speakers. “I trust them,” he says, “and I have a lot of fun listening to them. When I produce electronic textures, it is easy to know what is and isn’t working and to understand how the timbres are blending together—or not. Everything is really clear. I love the low end and the depth of the imagery, and I also really liked the digital remote volume control. With this, I can get rid of my monitoring system because I trust the DA converter in the IB2S-A so I output directly from Pro Tools in AES/EBU digital signal, which is really convenient.”

Based in Montreal, Laflamme studied tape music composition at the University of Montreal, and this introduced him to electronic avant-garde music. While still at university, he rented a small studio in a post production facility and soon landed his first commission to score a television documentary. He is currently using his PMC system on two Canadian TV shows and is also working on a five-year anniversary, 10-minute composer cut of his Outlast video game soundtrack for live orchestra.

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Laflamme works from a 2,500-square-foot facility that he and Duhamel built in 2015. “My composing room was designed by Nicolas Grou from Grantham Acoustique and it is equipped with analogue keyboards, a bunch of Eurorack modules, a Moog and a 5U Modular,” Laflamme says. “Most of my work comes from in-the-box tools, but for fun I also have some mastering equipment like my lovely Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor and Inward Connections DEQ-1.”