PMC’s MB2 XBDs at Capitol during the pre-recording and rehearsal sessions for the Oscars, with (l-r) Capitol Studio A house engineer Steve Genewick and Tommy Vicari.
Los Angeles, CA (March 9, 2012)—PMC speakers provided critical reference monitoring facilities for mix engineer Tommy Vicar in the run up to and during the recent 84th Academy Awards telecast.
Vicari, who has worked on a huge range of Hollywood movies from The Help to Finding Nemo, used a pair of MB2 XBD speakers supplied by U.S. distributor Prism Media Products Inc. during rehearsals and pre-recording sessions at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, in the days running up to the awards ceremony. On the night itself, the broadcast truck for the event used PMC’s compact full-range AML2s to monitor all of the live and pre-recorded musical cues and themes created by this year’s musical director, composer Hans Zimmer.
Tommy Vicari, for whom it was the thirteenth year mixing the music for the Oscars—but his first using PMCs—also oversaw the broadcast mix from the truck. “I’ve been a PMC user for 11 years,” he comments, “and can’t say enough about how I love them. There are no surprises; whatever I mix on the PMCs comes out ready for the soundstage.
“This year, Hans Zimmer was trying something novel and ambitious with the music, so I wanted to reproduce my movie mixing rig for the pre-recording sessions to help make him feel more comfortable. And for the last three years, my movie mixing setup has been an array of PMC MB2 XBDs with Bryston amps. Maurice Patist, of Prism Media Products Inc., brought down a duplicate set to Capitol and tuned them personally, with really great results.
For the live broadcast, Vicari felt that the MB2 XBDs were too large for Remote Recording Services’ broadcast truck. However, Patist had a further card up his sleeve—the smaller AML2s, which are designed to provide the same dispersion, balance and resolution in a more compact package. “I’d not used these before, but Maurice suggested I try them, and I was really impressed, as was everyone else in the truck.”