Natick, MA (January 5, 2010)–Genelec was recently chosen by The Art Institutes to provide the surround monitoring system for The New England Institute of Art’s film and video screening room.
The recently completed room, designed and built by Boston Light & Sound, is fitted with an LCR array of three soffited Genelec 1037C tri-amplified active monitors and a pair of Genelec 7070A active subwoofers, while six Genelec AIW26 active in-wall loudspeakers provide the surround channels in the rear of the room. The system can be configured for mono, stereo and 5.1, with the six AIW26s evenly positioned for surround left and right channels. Studio Metronome did the room’s acoustical treatment, in consultation with Genelec engineers.
The new screening room has to serve several important missions for the Boston-based New England Institute of Art, part of The Art Institutes, which is a system of more than 40 education institutions located throughout North America providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts through masters, bachelors and associates degree programs as well as non-degree programs. In addition to providing surround audio for the HD video and film visuals, the room would also host a class in critical listening and analysis.
“The screening room is as much about the science of sound as it is about the art of it, so the speakers had to be the absolute best possible,” explains Mary Cardaras, chair of The New England Institute of Art’s Film, Television and Video Production Department in Boston. Cardaras, who has won two Emmy Awards for excellence in spot news producing and feature producing, and has been nominated numerous times during her career in news, says the Genelec speakers proved to be far and away the best choice. “They are amazing, like nothing we’ve ever heard,” she says. “You are fully immersed in sound in that room, and every element in the sound is incredibly distinct and sharp, making it perfect for the listening and analysis class.”