Los Angeles, CA (October 9, 2007)–Composer Russ Landau recently recorded and mixed the theme song for Mark Burnett’s new Survivor: China reality television show using JBL Professional’s LSR4300 Series studio monitors. Landau switched to the LSR4300 Series earlier this year after discovering that his mixes were not translating well.
Landau first discovered the LSR4300 Series studio monitors while composing and mixing the soundtrack for Burnett’s spring 2007 reality TV show, Pirate Master. “The producers were in love with the temp mixes of an earlier version of the theme,” Landau explained. “As far as I could tell with my previous monitors, the mixes were all coming out the same. But the producers thought the recent mixes were nowhere near where they should have been. So just for fun, I tried out the LSR4300 Series monitors and A/B’d the separate mixes. I was horrified to find a vast difference in the mixes. The JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors allowed me to send a mix they loved and saved my life! If the producers are hearing something different than what you hear when you print the mix, that’s a huge problem. Thanks to the LSR4300’s, I know the mixes will translate accurately from studio to studio.”
Survivor: China, the latest installment of the reality series created by Mark Burnett, debuted September 20. Landau’s theme features a women’s choir from Beijing performing an ancient Russian chant, “Ancient Voices,” translated into Mandarin.
Landau has created scores for numerous projects, many in reality television, including original soundtracks for Survivor, Fear Factor and Eco Challenge. He has scored extensively for both film and television, dating back to the classic TV cartoon, Ren and Stimpy.