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MSR Provides Acoustic Treatment for Grammy Awards

Media Specialty Resources Inc. (MSR) in Fairfax, Calif. created a custom acoustic solution and provided the acoustic treatment for one of the critical music-mixing control rooms for the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which take place this Sunday, February 10, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast in 5.1 surround sound.

This particular room is used as the pre-mix suite for all artists’ rehearsals leading up to the live broadcast, and mirrors the main broadcast mixing environment for the live telecast. The pre-mix control room is equipped with identical 5.1 surround monitors and a similarly identical Pro Tools system. Because the artists visit the trailer to pre-mix their rehearsal performances, it is a critical listening environment.

“During the 50th annual Grammy Awards, MSR’s custom acoustic treatment of one of our critical music-mixing control rooms will help to ensure that we deliver balances on behalf of our performing artists that are the highest quality possible,” says broadcast audio supervisor Hank Neuberger. “MSR’s treatment will allow our mixers to enjoy greater confidence and reliability.”

The MSR solution is a custom-engineered acoustic system designed for this specific 5.1-channel mixing and monitoring application. The acoustic treatment combines absorbers, diffusers and bass traps, which are featured in MSR’s StudioPanel Series of pre-engineered room solutions.

“It’s an honor to work with the fine team of professionals involved with the 50th annual Grammy Awards telecast,” says MSR president Anthony Grimani. “Audio fidelity is obviously of critical importance to this event. It’s a fun challenge to create an acoustic environment that ensures accurate 5.1 surround sound reproduction for everyone, including the listeners at home.”

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For more information about the audio production behind the 50th Grammy Awards, as well as Grammy nominee bios and photos of past winners, be sure to visit Mix‘s special Grammy Website at