Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2020)—Veteran audio engineer Dave Henszey’s Dolby Atmos-certified immersive mixing and recording suite, Henszey Sound, features an all-Dante network infrastructure enabled by an arsenal of Red and RedNet interfaces from Focusrite.
Among his important tools are a Focusrite RedNet MP8R eight-channel mic pre and A/D converter, a RedNet A16R 16-channel analogue I/O interface, three RedNet HD32R 32-channel HD Dante network bridges and a Red 8Pre 64-in/64-out Thunderbolt 2 and Pro Tools | HD-compatible audio interface. Other highlights include a Slate Raven console, a full complement of outboard gear, software and mics (including his prized Neumann U47fet), and the first Atmos speaker system made up of ADAM components — three ADAM A77X near-/midfield monitors, four A7X and four A5X nearfields and two SUB12 subwoofers.
Creating the Atmos mixing suite meant getting outside advice. “I found those people at Dolby Laboratories and Westlake Pro, and they’ve been wonderful advisors in helping me make this vision happen. The experts at Westlake Pro recommended Focusrite components, and I’ve had good experiences with Focusrite through my career, so it was an easy decision to go with their advice,” says Henszey. He has been in-demand for years, with an extensive client list that includes Lego Star Wars, Miller Brewing, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV Spring Break and much more.
“The one non-negotiable approach that I had was that I needed to have this system be Atmos-certified with ADAM speakers, because they are my go-to. [Dolby] had never certified an Atmos system with ADAM speakers, so I was to be the first. They have digital tools to help set up and certify a room, and we got it up and running, and it all worked like a dream. The sound was stunning. I knew it would be good, but I had no idea what I was about to hear, and it was spectacular. The work that Westlake Pro and Dolby did at this room is way over the top.”
Henszey comments, “The future of the audio industry is really exciting, and there’s a lot of great stuff happening right now. Atmos has opened up a lot of possibilities. I love that format — even when you hear an Atmos mix out of a smartphone, it jumps out at you and goes all around you. It’s a beautiful set of tools for audio professionals working today and in the future.”
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