USC Teaches with RTW

The University of California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts has installed an RTW TM7 TouchMonitor at its John Williams Scoring Stage.
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USC chief audio engineer Buddy Halligan with students and the RTW TM7.
Los Angeles, CA (May 2, 2012)—The University of California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts has installed an RTW TM7 TouchMonitor at its John Williams Scoring Stage.

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The 7-inch touch-sensitive audio monitor has become part of the school's undergraduate and graduate programs, specifically for students learning about film scoring, mixing and audio post production.

After spending some time with the TM7 at last year's NAB Show, USC's chief audio engineer Buddy Halligan knew it would be part of the school's recent redesign of the John Williams Scoring Stage. Halligan, already familiar with RTW from the company's SurroundMonitor 10800X PLUS—there are five units installed in the dub stages at the School of Cinematic Arts—purchased the TM7 soon after.

"I suspected the TM7 would also be another high quality meter," says Halligan. "I played with it at NAB, fell in love and bought it. It's so intuitive, the design is beautiful and it's nice that we will be able to keep adding to it with new upgrades and software packages as our needs change. It makes for a solid investment for our school."

The TouchMonitor's LRA (Loudness Range) instrument, a descriptor specified in ITU-R BS.1770, which combines the two most critical loudness metering parameters, is used in USC School of Cinematic Arts' graduate-level advanced sound, sound production and post-production film classes. In the sound production classes, for example, the students show their dailies, receive rough cuts, final cuts and then produce the final mix.

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