Henry Jackman with his
PMC IB2S monitors.
Irvine, CA (January 23, 2009)--Having composed music for a number of motion pictures, Henry Jackman recently added a set of monitors from PMC - The Professional Monitor Company.
"My older systems were rather imprecise," he recalls. "I was never really sure what was happening in the mix. But with my new PMC IB2S Reference Monitors, I can now hear everything that is contributing to the score. I couldn't be happier with the result." The pair of IB2S monitors in oak finish is powered by a Bryston 4BSST amplifier.
Currently, Jackman is based at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica, CA. He has composed additional music for a number of Zimmer's recent projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda, Hancock and The Dark Knight. His latest project, Monsters vs. Aliens, marks the first film for which Jackman is composing the entire score, including orchestral and electronic elements. The Monsters vs. Aliens orchestral score will be recorded at Air Studios in London.
"My new PMC IB2S monitors reproduce a wide dynamic range," the composer continues. "I do not have a subwoofer in my Composing Room, but the system's frequency response extends down to 20 Hz, with a very controlled bottom end. With my previous monitors, I was never really sure what was happening in the lower frequencies. This was a significant issue for film cues containing deep bass lines and low percussion. Now I am able to isolate these elements of my music's dynamic range."
Jackman also stresses the fact that music produced in his composing room has to translate in the larger mix rooms at Remote Control Productions. "My IB2S monitors relate extremely well to the systems in other rooms here at Remote Control, so I know that the elements I prepare will work when put up on the larger systems.
"My IB2S monitors make you work slightly harder," he considers. "They are rather like a mirror, in that they reflect what I put into them. There is no hiding place! The stereo imaging is far more apparent than with my previous systems, which often strangled the sound I was creating. And panning between left and right is seamless and never too obvious. I now feel a sense of a full panorama between the left and right loudspeakers; I can also feel the placement of every instrument and sound."
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