JBL Professional announced that its LSR6300 Series Studio Monitors were used in the control rooms of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Audio production team, led by producer and Grammy advisor, Phil Ramone, and Grammy audio technical manager, Michael Abbott, chose a monitoring solution that would provide reliability, accuracy and, above all, uniform voicing in multiple control rooms.
Designed for professional recording and broadcast applications, the LSR6300 Series Studio Monitors include features that optimize response in the room, and ensure greater accuracy at the mix position. Reliability for the broadcast of the live event is crucial, according to Ramone: “We needed a dependable system that would give us equal voicing in all rooms and the JBL LSR6300s delivered,” he said.
Four control rooms handled the 5.1 mix, audience reaction, audio tape playback and sweetening, all of which were outfitted with JBL LSR6300 Series systems. A dedicated high-definition viewing room equipped with an LSR6300 5.1 system was configured at the Staples Center to allow production executives to monitor the show in surround sound during the live broadcast.
Paul Sandweiss, president of Sound Design Corporation (Hollywood) responsible for the 5.1 broadcast mix said, “I’ve been using the JBL LSR Series at my studio, Sound Design. It was important for me to do the 5.1 broadcast with a speaker I knew. The LSR6300s translate to the real world, and the fact that they can be ‘tuned’ to the room is a real plus. The response to the show has been wonderful. I’m hearing it was the best show ever.”
According to Michael Abbott, speaker standardization this year made a difference. “This year, we wanted a common voicing, room-to-room ” he said. “The uniformity of the LSR6300s gave the mixers an advantage when striving for the seamless presentation of the audio portion of the show, whether it came from pre-produced material, live, audience reaction or other sources.”
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