Los Angeles, CA (December 18, 2008)–Music scoring mixer Casey Stone was glad to have his Klein + Hummel monitors when mixing the John Ottman’s score for Valkyrie, where live orchestra and prepared electronics underscore the fury of Allied bombers.
Although The Village Recorders offer numerous makes and models of reference monitors, Stone chose to bring his personal Klein + Hummel system. It includes three O 300 Ds for LCR, two O 110s for surrounds, two O 800s for subwoofers, and a Pro M68 bass management box. Digidesign Pro Tools, an Audio Ease Altiverb, and the room’s Neve 88R rounded out Stone’s tools for the session.
“I don’t want to gush about how great they are,” laughed Stone, “but I’ve mixed on a lot of monitors and these are definitely my monitors of choice. They have a clear, defined sound that lets me hear what’s going on without clouding anything over. Importantly, they don’t make my mix sound good when it’s not there yet.”
Ottman also composed the score, including its large component of stylized synths, using a pair of Klein + Hummel O 300 Ds and an O 800 subwoofer, recommended by Stone, at his personal studio. “Ottman is really enjoying the improved fidelity compared to his previous monitors,” remarked Stone. “On Valkyrie, there were no surprises in the mix because John could accurately hear the synth textures he was creating in his studio.”
“It was especially important for the loud orchestral hits that accompanied shots of Allied planes flying overhead,” said Stone. “The O 800 really generated an amazing amount of bass without getting boomy or out of hand. Even though we were listening to the mix loudly on occasion, the Klein + Hummels still had the definition I needed to properly mix the two very different soundscapes: live orchestra and pre-recorded electronics.”
Based on actual events in World War II, Valkyrie tells the story of a group of high-ranking German officers who hatch a plan to assassinate Hitler and end the war.
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