Richard King (left) and George MassenburgMontreal, Canada (April 2, 2015)—The Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal has three JBL M2 master reference monitors in its main studio in an LCR configuration.
At the Schulich School of Music, area chair and Grammy winner Richard King and legendary recording producer/engineer and four-time Grammy-winning associate professor George Massenburg are on the faculty for the Graduate Program in Sound Recording, one of the only programs in North America that offers both a Master’s and Ph.D degree. The Graduate Program in Sound Recording covers all aspects of recording from old to new and follows the European Tonmeister tradition of training musicians to become sound engineers. The school also offers instruction in video production.
“One of the main reasons we picked the M2 is because this room is critical to our operations–we run it 24/7 here,” King noted. The room is used for a multitude of activities including teaching recording and mixing, conducting listening analysis measurements and advanced training programs.
He continued, “The first thing we teach our students is how to listen, so we need the most transparent loudspeaker available that lets them hear the most accurate representation possible of the mix. Now that we have the JBL M2 we know that’s exactly what they’re hearing.
Before deciding on the M2, Massenburg also auditioned the speaker at Jungle City Studios, a go-to destination for top urban music artists. “I heard the M2 playing back hip-hop at really, really high volume levels with tremendous deep bass and the speaker can clearly handle anything. If our students’ mixes don’t sound good, we know it’s not because of the speaker.”