Montgomery County Community College went all out with its new studio control room.

Blue Bell, PA (July 24, 2018)—Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) didn’t do things halfway when it recently decided to add another control room to the three studios that house its Sound Recording & Music Technology Program.

Studio architect John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) was brought in to handle the design and construction of the new space, and opted to outfit it with a sizable amount of gear, including an SSL 9000 console and Studer 24-track and Ampex two-track decks. The room also features five Genelec 8351 Smart Active Monitors configured for a 5.1 surround monitoring design, as well as a Genelec 7370A 12-inch powered subwoofer.

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“This is the ultimate mix room, so it had to have Genelecs,” said David Ivory, director of the SRT Program and himself a Grammy-nominated alumnus of Sigma Sound, Philadelphia’s famed recording facility. “The other three studios each have Genelec 8050A Active Studio Monitors, so we’re still an all-Genelec facility, and everyone likes it that way.”

The room’s surround capability will be used for the MCCC’s broadcast studio, whose 35-by-40-foot dimensions also allow it to be used as a tracking space.

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“I’ve been using Genelecs forever,” said Ivory. “I didn’t even have to hear the 8351s before we bought them. We just knew they’d be perfect for surround. I just think that Genelec makes the most accurate speaker in the world to listen to and to trust. Other speakers, you have to get used to; Genelecs are spot-on from the first moment you turn them on.”

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