Northridge, CA (February 13, 2010)–New York-based Derik Lee took along his JBL LSR4300 Series studio monitors when he recently traveled to L.A. to record and mix the score for Bring It On: The Musical.
On location at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, Lee, a musician, composer and recording engineer, had to work in a number of acoustically less-than-ideal environments, including a dressing room, and relied on the monitors as a sonic reference point.
When composer Tom Kitt and orchestrator/arranger Alex Lacimore asked Lee—who learned his craft working with producer/ engineer Frank Filipetti—to come to Los Angeles, he knew he was in for a challenge. “When I got to the room, which was normally used by the theater ushers, I took one look and thought, ‘I’m dead.’ I set up my laptop, keyboard and a pair of JBL LSR4328 monitors, and the sound was way too boomy. My heart sank…but that was before I turned on the RMC Room Mode Correction feature.”
Using a supplied microphone and internal analyzer, the LSR4328’s RMC system measures and compensates for misleading peaks in bass response caused by room modes and the speakers’ proximity to walls and work-surface boundaries.
“After a huge sigh of relief, I knew I could keep working. Having a reliable reference monitor is important for any project, but it was especially important for Bring It On because of the nature of the music. It’s intensely synthesizer-driven and has a lot of sonic elements.”
Just when Lee was getting a handle on the project, he had to relocate again, this time to an office. “I couldn’t have gotten through this project without the LSRs,” Lee said. “I never had to use the RMC feature in so many places before and under conditions where we were constantly making revisions to the score right up until opening night. No matter what rooms they threw me in, I knew I could trust that my mixes would translate well in the theater.”