Seattle, WA (September 7, 2017)—Composer and engineer Tom McGurk, co-owner of Bad Animals studios, works out of a writing room equipped with Mackie XR824 studio monitors at the Seattle facility.
"The rooms are set up to be sort of interchangeable, but each has its own characteristics," says McGurk. At the award-winning studio, one of the Pacific Northwest's most respected audio post production houses for film, television, video games and corporate video, four of the five rooms are designated by color: Studio Red, Blue, Green, and Purple.
"For example, if we're working on a TV show like ‘Alaska State Troopers,’ or we're doing a film mix—anything that needs a big surround mix—it would get mixed in Studio Blue. Sometimes we have to start a project in one room, do overdubs in another room, then finish the mix in the first room, and our mixes need to translate well going back and forth. Our monitor speakers are crucial to that.
“I write in my composing room, and then over in Studio Red, we'll replace fake strings with real strings, a vocalist will come in or we'll add horn parts. I have to know that what I'm hearing in the big studio is going to be true when I take everything back in my composing room. I need to hear the reality of the mix. Mackie XR824s let me do that."
Equally important, the mixes need to translate well to a variety of end-user sound systems. "There are so many ways to deliver media today, and when we work on a project, we don't really know where the audio we deliver is going to end up," McGurk asserts. "So the mixes have to be balanced and translate across a wide variety of playback media. Mackie XR824s give me a true mix that translates well.”