Jim Hill with trio of PMC IB2S Reference Monitors.Irvine, CA (September 2, 2008)–When mix engineer Jim Hill was looking for new monitors for his L.A.-based project facility, he looked to Professional Monitor Company (PMC).
“I needed a portable system that I could use both in my downtown Los Angeles loft studio and, if necessary, also take to scoring stages and studios,” Hill recalls. “Film composer James Newton Howard had a PMC BB5-XBD system at his facility; I was always impressed with the sound and how it translated to other systems. I really like these new IB2S cabinets very much.” Hill worked with James Newton Howard for eight years before going freelance three years ago.
Recent projects include Songs of the Sea: The Regatta Suite, recorded for iTunes release and use during the Olympics coverage; Liquid Cinema, a new six-CD music library of compositions by Jeff Rona and other composers for APM Music; music cues for AMC Television’s Mad Men with composer David Carbonara; plus sessions with composer Blake Neely for ABC’s Eli Stone and a composition for a feature about Senator Ted Kennedy that aired during the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
“The IB2S monitors are so easy to work on for long periods of time,” the engineer continues. “They are very smooth sounding; I’m able to hear things faster on the PMCs than on my [previous systems], which means that I can make critical decisions much quicker. Despite their compact size, when I use these IB2S systems at high volume, they can be pushed hard without distorting.” Hill uses a pair of Bryston 4B two-channel Monitor Amplifiers to drive the PMC units for his LCR array, coupled with a PMC S100 subwoofer for low-frequency extension.
“The PMCs produce a very transparent sound, even at low volumes, and the imaging is outstanding,” Hill concludes. “Once they are set up properly, everything I mix translates to other setups extremely well. The bottom end, in particular, is very powerful. It’s a very easy configuration on which to mix; it’s difficult to work as easily on other systems.”