Engineer/producer Frank Filipetti during the 5.1 Mixing Do’s & Don’ts workshop, replaying elements from his in-progress surround mix of Frank Zappa’s song “Inca Roads,” recorded in 1974. Photo courtesy Audio Engineering Society/Pat Sarch New York, NY (November 6, 2007)–PMC, The Professional Monitor Company, provided a reference 5.1-channel surround sound playback system for various workshop sessions as well as the Audio Engineering Society’s annual Student Competition at the recent 123rd AES Convention, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
A BB5-XBD-A Large-Scale Reference Surround Monitoring System was supplied for playback during the Society’s Workshop Seminar Program, including “5.1 Mixing Do’s & Don’ts” and “5.1 Mixing Techniques Explained and Observed.”
The system was also employed in judging of the annual Student Competition. PMC systems were specified for Room 1E11 on special request by the AES Technical Council and the participating engineers.
“PMC enjoys a long-term relationship with The Audio Engineering Society,” explains Maurice Patist, PMC USA’s VP, Sales and Marketing. “We have supplied high-resolution surround-sound playback systems to AES Conventions in Europe and North America for many years now. We feel that commitment reinforces our contention that PMC/Professional Monitor Company is the world’s leader in high-resolution monitoring. And recent installations of surround monitoring systems at such venues as the San Francisco Symphony, NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, film composer Trevor Morris’ Santa Monica facility and The Benny Hinn Ministry, Aliso Viejo, CA, have proven that in all demanding markets for critical listening and playback, PMC remains the top choice!”
“As we strive to enlist engineer/practitioners in surround-sound technology and production, one of the hardest jobs has been to simply demonstrate how good it can sound–not only in the studio under tightly controlled conditions, but out in the real world,” says George Massenburg, chairman of the “5.1 Mixing Do’s & Don’ts” workshop. “The playbacks simply have to sound great, period. No excuses. For some years now, PMC has crafted a superb solution and extraordinary setup expertise for each venue. This is a company that’s serious about selling excellent sound to the most critical ears.”
“The playback was excellent,” adds engineer/producer Frank Filipetti, who, during the “5.1 Mixing Do’s & Don’ts” workshop, replayed tracks from his first 5.1-channel project, James Taylor’s Hourglass SACD. Also spotlighted was the song “Inca Roads,” recorded in 1974 to analog 16-track at KCET-TV studios in Los Angeles and which is currently being remixed for DVD release. The PMC BB5-XBD-A system,” says Filipetti, “did a great job of providing credible surround-sound playback in the room.”
“I so much appreciated having a 5.1-channel, high-resolution analog playback system for my SACD playback demos,” says Michael Bishop, Telarc Records’ senior recording engineer and a panelist during the “Surround Workshop Playback Session” in Room 1E11. “It was definitely the best sound I’ve experienced in 10 years of AES workshops.”
According to Jim Anderson, chairman of the AES 123rd Convention and winner of multiple Grammy Awards: “I have had the pleasure of hearing and using the PMC 5.1 monitors during workshop and tutorial sessions at last year’s AES Convention, and at numerous European AES Conventions. I was very excited that attendees to the 123rd AES Convention in New York had the chance to hear the PMC experience.”