Murray Optimizes with Blue Sky

Freelance supervising sound editor, sound designer and mixer Douglas Murray added a Blue Sky Audio Management Controller (AMC) to his system in 2016 to optimize his 5.1 monitor system as he moves from one location to the next.
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Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2017)—Freelance supervising sound editor, sound designer and mixer Douglas Murray added a Blue Sky Audio Management Controller (AMC) to his system in 2016 to optimize his 5.1 monitor system as he moves from one location to the next.

It’s not unusual for motion picture sound editors and sound designers to move into temporary facilities during post production, often working in acoustically challenging rooms. The Blue Sky AMC provides system control of Murray’s monitor rig, which includes five Mackie HR824mkII nearfield speakers with a Blue Sky SUB 15 Universal for low frequency extension. His mobile system also includes an Avid Pro Tools|HDX2, Dock and S3 mixing control surface.

Using Blue Sky’s SRO (System-Room Optimization) software, Murray can precisely measure any room and send the results to the AMC, which applies in DSP the corrective equalization curves that best fit the environment. “It runs through all kinds of options; you can see it trying different curves and finally settling on the one it thinks is going to make your room sound the flattest,” he says.

If the EQ curve is too severe, he says, “You can tweak it so that it’s almost flat but doesn’t have extreme boosts or cuts...I ended up doing less than it advised me to do, but the resulting sound is subtly better. It’s compensating for the space and the speakers’ own curve. It’s very close to flat. I have checked the results in other rooms and it sounds good, so I’m pleased.”

Murray is currently working in temporary accommodations on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot on director Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes with co-supervising sound editor Will Files and their team. Murray, formerly with Skywalker Sound, is also a sound designer on the project. He put the portable system together for his last film, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness.

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