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DK-Tech audio meter for Blue Man studio

“We have already done a couple of surround mixes including a piece for Panasonic 3D TVs, and it has proved itself to be a very useful tool,” said Blue Man Group audio director Todd Perlmutter, pictured.

Acclaimed theatrical organisation the Blue Man Group is using an MSD600M++ at its recording studio in New York City. Long at the cutting-edge of sound technology – it has been experimenting with surround mixing since the late ‘90s – the Blue Man Group is now using the DK-Technologies’ meter in the centre section of its customised Rupert Neve console-based studio set-up.

The MSD600M++ was selected by Blue Man Group audio director Todd Perlmutter, who commented: “The Blue Man studio deals with many different audio specs on a regular basis – everything from simple music production where you just want it loud, to a variety of television broadcast specs, cinema, live video production, radio, etc. However, unlike most post houses, we still mix on an analogue console. In order to deal with all the different formats coming and going through the studio, I wanted a highly accurate audio meter and chose the DK-Technologies MSD600M++ because it also offered a very clear display for surround sound. It has turned out to be a great idea. We don’t do surround mixes daily, but we tackle enough of them that having a surround meter is very helpful, especially since we are using a console made to monitor stereo.”

DK-Technologies’ MSD600M++ Audio Meter is a modular, multi-channel audio analyser that accepts up to 32 input channels. It has four configurable input slots and four output slots, and can incorporate a number of different modules including analogue, AES3 and SD-SDI formats.

The audio team is shortly to begin work on the soundtrack for an IMAX film, Blue Man Group: Mind Blast, and Perlmutter revealed some of the group’s latest thinking regarding sound design: “Blue Man music lends itself to multiple speaker output much better than a four-piece rock band. We may have a recording with 20 drummers and it’s great to split them up. We have recently been working on a multiple speaker output of our own design for possible use in our live productions. We have been working on a 24-channel system and our experiments so far have been spectacular. We are about to start production on the IMAX movie, and I am anxious to get that spec. We will probably write and record a few songs for it specifically with their multi-channel system in mind.”