Hollywood, CA (February 2, 2017)—TV, film and games composer Sean Murray has spent more than two decades cranking out countless hours of music, working largely from his Mackie-based studio in the Hollywood Hills.
Central to Murray’s studio is a Mackie Digital 8-Bus console and a 5.1 surround mix with Mackie HR824 and HR624 studio monitors and an HRS-120 subwoofer. "I started mixing in 5.1 surround in 1999, and I've been using a Mackie surround system since then," says Murray. "Everything I've worked on—every movie, TV show, and video game—has all been mixed on this system. It's an essential part of my sound."
Murray’s credits include Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War and Counterstrike: Global Offensive, as well as TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and God, The Devil, and Bob. "I've talked to a lot of mix engineers at the various soundstages I work at, and they all tell me the same thing: Don't change a thing. Mackie speakers have always worked for me."
Still, recently Murray upgraded his system to include the new Mackie XR824 monitors. The change, he observes, is subtle but noticeable. "What I notice is that I've got a greater clarity in the high end. I really feel like I'm getting a bit more of that shimmering area up on top—it just breathes more."
Working on so many different projects with so many different directors means Murray's work is always subject to the unpredictability of different playback environments. "The wonderful thing about my Mackie system is that my mixes translate beautifully to every mix environment that I go to," he reports. "Whether they're listing to it on headphones, or computer speakers with no bottom end, or on a huge sound stage, they're going to hear it the way that I conceived of it and the way that I mixed it."