Natick, MA (August 3, 2015)—In the past year, Blaine Stewart’s 5.1 system of Genelec Smart Active Monitors have helped him earn two Daytime Emmy Award nominations and two Telly Award wins.
“I’ve been using Genelecs since 1998, and the 5.1 system since 2008 or 2009, and since then I wouldn’t use anything else,” Stewart declares. He started in the industry in 1978 working on The Donnie & Marie Show at the Osmond family’s studio in Orem, UT. By 1986, he was back in his native L.A. working at various audio post facilities. In 2000, he opened his own post-production facility, Post Plus Sound (PPS), in Burbank, relocating it to the Salt Lake City area in 2010 and renaming it The Stewdio.
Currently, he uses a 5.1 system made up of five 8240 Smart Active Monitors (SAM) and a 7260 SAM subwoofer. “With this system, I know that my speakers are precisely calibrated to the Dolby film and television audio standards,” he says. “That brings an enormous sense of confidence, both to me and to my clients. When you watch those calibration indicators go from red to yellow to green, your sense of confidence in the mix process grows along with it. I know my room is perfectly calibrated and that my mixes will translate properly to any other environment, even when I move to a large mixing stage. There are simply no surprises.”
In just the last year, Stewart earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing – Live Action, and two Telly Award wins for Sound Design/Mixing, for The Hub channel’s The Aquabats! Super Show! and the Velocity Channel’s Kings of Crash. Both shows were mixed at The Stewdio on Genelec monitors.
As Stewart begins mixing this season’s Bitchin’ Rides show for the Velocity Channel, he says of his Genelec monitors, “They give me the sound I want and the precision I need.”