Oberlin, OH (June 1, 2010)–Oberlin College, the oldest continuously operating music conservatory in the US, recently outfitted the Joseph R. Clonick Recording Studio with PMC Reference Monitors.
“We selected a pair of MB2S-XBD cabinets for left and right channels, plus an MB2S-C for the center,” explains the Oberlin’s Director of Audio Services, Paul Eachus. “We went for PMC because our MB2S system offers a very large sound stage in terms of both width as well as height–the image extends far beyond the system’s physical dimensions. Which means that our students can work throughout the room on tracking and mixing sessions and not lose that essential sweet spot. MB2S offers life-like reproduction, just as if the band was right there in the room with you. The PMC system is a major contribution to our new facility.” The studio is housed in the conservatory’s new Bertram and Judith Kohl Building.
The three up-front PMC monitor loudspeakers are augmented for surround-sound projects with a pair of PMC IB2S reference monitors located in the rear of the control room on 34-inch stands. All PMC reference systems are powered by Parasound amplifiers: three JC 1 single-channel units for left, center and right, plus a single A21 two-channel unit for the surrounds.
The new performance area measures 55 feet by 38 feet with 30-foot ceilings, with a large isolation booth, connected to a spacious control room. The new space was designed by acoustical consultant Dana Kirkegaard, and integrated into the Kohl Building by project designer Jonathan Kurtz of Westlake Reed Leskosky, a Cleveland-based architectural and engineering firm. “We needed a studio large enough to accommodate jazz and classical recordings as well as performances,” Eachus continues, “including rehearsals with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble.” Recent events at the college included an early-May grand opening celebration weekend with Bill Cosby and Stevie Wonder (both received honorary doctorates from Oberlin), together with performances by the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble, with Stevie Wonder serving as a very special guest.
“I first heard these new MB2S systems at the AES Convention in New York a few years ago, and was very impressed,” Eachus recalls. “Maurice Patist set up critical listening sessions in Los Angeles to audition the PMCs. I was totally convinced. The sound quality and detail is outstanding and extremely accurate through the entire frequency spectrum. And the correspondence between the front and rear soundstage is seamless–the IB2Ss are a perfect match for the surrounds. I want a pair of IB2S reference monitors for my living room!”
Oberlin Conservatory of Music