(l-r) Dieter Dierks, Brad Sundberg, Brad Buxer and Michael Prince.
Biggleswade, UK (July 9, 2015)—Dierks Studios in Cologne, Germany recently presented the “In the Studio with MJ” seminar series with assistance from British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC.
Organized and presented by Brad Sundberg, who spent nearly 18 years working with Michael Jackson as a sound engineer and technical director, the four-day event also included insights from Brad Buxer and Michael Prince, both of whom were part of Jackson's recording team. The three presenters gave in-depth and highly personal accounts of working with Michael Jackson in various recording studios—including Dierks Studios, where Michael Jackson recorded his 1997 hit “Blood on the Dance Floor”—and at his Neverland Valley Ranch, where he had his own recording facility.
"Since Michael's death in 2009, I have been presenting these seminars in various cities around the world, including the USA, Europe, Russia and the Far East," Sundberg explains. "The concept was born out a desire from Michael Jackson’s fans to know more about how his incredible projects came to life.”
At Sundberg's request, PMC supplied MB2S 3-way monitors to Dierks Studios to ensure that the music, sound effects and videos played during seminars were heard with absolute transparency. "When I was working with Michael, we usually relied on massive Westlake SM-1s, Augspurgers or Boxers for our main monitoring requirements and it wasn't until several years later that I first heard PMC speakers," says Sundberg.
"As soon as I did, I loved them so much that I actually became a dealer for them. Now I use them for my seminars whenever I get the opportunity because they delivered all the clarity, punch and bottom that I need, plus they have a very open and airy top end. This makes them much easier to listen to for long periods of time than a horn-loaded system."