— M3’s “Eclipse” and “Horizon” remote recording trucks handle the 5.1 surround audio broadcast, utilizing Genelec DSP Active Monitors —
— Genelec 5.1 Surround System also employed in P&E Wing listening trailer —
M3 (Music Mix Mobile), a New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company combining the talents of award-winning production professionals and state-of-the-art audio solutions, is a collective consisting of industry veterans John Harris, Jay Vicari, Joel Singer, Mitch Maketansky and West Coast-based partners Bob Wartinbee and Mark Linett. On Sunday, February 10, 2013, M3 was commissioned to capture and mix the music audio for the 55th annual GRAMMY® Awards, broadcast live in 5.1 surround sound on CBS-TV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In the company’s dual “Eclipse” and “Horizon” trucks, the GRAMMY Award Show Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, along with M3 Engineer-in-Charge Joel Singer, were on site to ensure the audio would be of the highest quality, and they chose Genelec 8200 Series Active DSP Monitoring Systems. Genelec DSP systems consisting of 8250A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (in an L-C-R array) and 8240A Bi-Amplified Active DSP Monitors (L-R rear), along with 7260A Active DSP Subwoofers, were used in M3’s Eclipse truck for the live music mix, as well as in the identical mirrored system in the Horizon offline remix truck. All three of these products reflect Genelec’s recently introduced Smart Active Monitor™ (SAM™) concept, which allows monitors to be controlled with digital networking to enable the building of highly flexible computer-controlled systems of monitors. Additionally, the same Genelec 5.1 surround system was employed in the newly added Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing listening trailer, which was located upstairs and adjacent to the M3 trucks outside the Staples Center.
The team responsible for the audio at this year’s GRAMMYs again included a who’s who of broadcast audio. The broadcast music mix was handled by M3’s Harris and Schilling and was supervised by Hank Neuberger, a prominent member of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, while Tom Holmes was responsible for the overall broadcast mix. Michael Abbott returned as Audio Coordinator, and M3’s Singer served as Engineer-in-Charge for the Eclipse broadcast mix truck, while M3’s Linett served as Engineer-in-Charge in the offline Horizon remix truck. ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) Engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart.
In the days leading up to the awards ceremony and broadcast, the night’s performers rehearsed their segments live on the stage, with Schilling and Harris developing the mixes in real time in the Eclipse truck and then going over those performances offline while playing them back for artist managers and the artists themselves in the Horizon truck. Together, they prepared for the live broadcast mix, so it was vital that both trucks had a world-class, consistent monitoring environment.
Genelec Inc. Marketing Director Will Eggleston stated, “M3 has always been a loyal Genelec user and supporter, and it is an honor to once again see them choose Genelecs as the monitors of choice for consistent playback for this year’s GRAMMY broadcast. Additionally, it was great for me to be on-site during rehearsals and the show and to spend time in the P&E Wing playback trailer, where our monitors mirrored the listening environment in Eclipse and Horizon.”
The Genelec 8200 Series Bi-Amplified Active Monitors employ the company’s proprietary SAM (Smart Active Monitoring) technologies, which together create a self-calibrating monitoring solution that both guarantees accurate audio and ensures a steady-paced workflow. This, combined with M3’s long-time use of Genelec active monitors, made the Genelec DSP monitors an easy decision.
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