Nashville, TN (November 26, 2014)—Belmont University’s recently renovated Columbia Studio A is now equipped with Harman Professional’s JBL M2 master reference monitors.
Opened in the 1960s, the historic Columbia Studio A recorded many of music’s best-known artists, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, George Jones and many more. Converted into an office space in the 1980s, Columbia Studio A is making music again due to the efforts of Belmont University and a donation by the Mike Curb Foundation.
The project’s acoustical consultant, Dave Rochester, of Lebanon, TN’s Technical Audio Services, recommended that Michael Janas, instructor, audio engineering technology, and director of recording studio operations at Belmont University, consider the JBL M2. Janas and his team consulted with JBL Professional and the staff at Guitar Center Pro (GC Pro) in Nashville, and eventually purchased a pair of M2 monitors and a Crown I-Tech HD Series 4x3500HD amplifier to power them. The Crown amp provides four channels of amplification for the pair of bi-amplified M2s and its internal DSP provides the crossover and also room EQ to optimize the M2 system performance.
“The JBL M2 is stunning in its ability to present fine detail,” Janas pointed out. “The outstanding imaging of the speaker is by far one of my favorite attributes of the system. The M2 not only provides a wide stereo sound field but also depth and height. It’s made a significant impact on everyone who’s heard it.
“The M2 turned out to be absolutely perfect for our application. It enables students and staff to hear everything that’s going on in the studio with exacting detail. It reveals the sonic characteristics of every piece of gear we add or take out of the recording chain, whether a microphone, reverb unit, EQ or other link in the recording chain. In fact, it showed us that some of that vintage gear is a lot better than anyone realized.”