Irvine, CA (August 6, 2007)–The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University provides what its department chair Jim Anderson feels are “the best surround monitoring systems currently available.” Its large Studio 510 control room is equipped with an API Vision Analog Surround Production Console, and the PMC MB2 5.1 monitor system powered by Bryston 14B and 4B amplifiers, and its smaller Studio 505 features an SSL SL-9000 K series console with an active TB2S-A 5.1 playback array.
“We needed a sound system capable of delivering accurate sound playback across a wide area,” said Anderson. “We are very pleased with the consistent sound produced by the MB2 5.1 system, and the TB2S-A 5.1 array we installed in the Studio 505.”
Four years ago, the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU received a $5 million donation from Clive Davis to create the brand new department. Davis is a veteran music producer, the founder of J Records and currently chairman/CEO of BMG North America. Studio design for the new NYU facility was by Sam Berkow from New York-based SIA Acoustics. Recording duties are handled by Digidesign Pro Tools|HD workstation rigs and Studer A827 analog 24-track machines.
The PMC MB2S is described by its manufacturer as “perfect for mid-sized control rooms either soffit-mounted or on custom studio stands. MB2S monitors allow higher sound pressure levels without distortion and loss of definition normally associated with systems of this size. The design uses a PMC75 mid-range soft-dome and Radial low-frequency drivers; the latter allows massive controlled excursions and, by cooling via a cast alloy exoskeleton and new rear-vented magnet, avoids the effects of power compression. As with all PMC surround-sound models, a matching MB2S-C low-profile center channel and subwoofers are offered.”
“We hold a Critical Listening Class with our students in Studio 510,” Anderson said. “Our classes really could hear subtle differences between recordings, which enables us to perform interactive discussions on the quality of recording techniques, performances and special effects being achieved during our practical sessions. The PMC monitors are full-range, high-resolution systems–just what we need for delving into the intricacies of a mix.
“We started this journey in the Fall of 2003,” the department chairman concluded, “and with last year’s entering freshman class, we saw ourselves at full capacity of 100 Department of Recorded Music Majors. In May 2007, the department came full circle and celebrated its first class of seniors to graduate and begin their exciting new careers in the music industry.”
Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music