Santa Barbara, CA (August 5, 2014)—Film sound engineer Dennis S. Sands has installed a Meyer Sound cinema loudspeaker system for mixing in Dolby Atmos at his Sound Waves SB studio.
“I’d heard Meyer Sound systems at several well-known post production studios,” says Sands, whose private facility, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is the first Dolby Atmos dubbing stage dedicated exclusively to native mixing of film music. “I was immediately impressed with the quality of the sound, the accuracy, and the depth and richness of the entire soundtrack. It was obvious Meyer Sound was the direction to go for the studio.”
Sands’ monitoring system is anchored by three Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers and two X-800C high-power and X-400C cinema subwoofers each. Perimeter and overhead reinforcement comprises 14 HMS-10 and 10 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers with IntelligentDC technology, while a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor supplies drive and equalization.
Ron Lagerlof of Los Angeles-based Visioneering Design Company designed and installed the system in consultation with Andy Potvin of Dolby Laboratories. “It’s easy to see why Dennis was pre-sold on Meyer Sound,” says Lagerlof. “The loudspeakers have extremely low distortion and accurate phase response. You hear exactly what’s there, and nothing else.”
Since installation, Sands has finished native Atmos film score mixes for Mr. Peabody & Sherman and the 2014 Godzilla reboot. He has also completed a 7.1 mix of Maze Runner and television mixes for the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series.
Sands’ studio was designed by film sound legend Tomlinson Holman and originally built as a private dubbing stage for director Andrew Davis. The room features a 12-by-20-foot screen, a Euphonix System 5-MC DAW controller, a Euphonix CS3000 digitally-controlled analog console, and four linked Pro Tools systems. A Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI bridge connects the Dolby Atmos RMU (Rendering and Mastering Unit) to a BSS SoundWeb London DSP system, which is used primarily for signal routing when switching from Atmos to 5.1 or 7.1 monitoring.
Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.