PMC Studio London Now Open
PMC Studio London is now open, offering a bespoke Dolby Atmos Music demonstration space.
PMC has celebrated its 30th anniversary by opening PMC Studio London. The new Islington space was a former piano factory but is now a state of the art Dolby Atmos music mixing suite used to demonstrate the company's loudspeaker products, including the new ci series.
This latest London facility joins other PMC audio suites in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. These all serve to give artists, record labels and recording professionals the opportunity to experience Dolby Atmos music mixing and discover the full extent of its creative possibilities.
PMC London's powerful monitoring system features six slimline ceiling-mounted ci45 monitors and eight slimline ci65 monitors for height and surround channels. The system also includes the company's award-winning MB3 XBD Active monitors for the LCR channels and four twotwo sub2 monitors for effects channels.
As well as offering high-quality monitoring products for Atmos Music facilities, PMC's professional customers can also draw on the expertise of its US President, Maurice Patist, who has long been an advocate for Dolby Atmos Music. A 20-year veteran of PMC, Patist is also a talented producer and engineer with a particular passion for jazz music. Shortly after helping to build the first Dolby Atmos room at Capitol Studios, Patist became part of the team (pictured above) that remixed Miles Davis' albums Kind of Blue (1959) and Sketches of Spain (1960) in Dolby Atmos, premiered at the High-End Show, Munich in 2020. Since then, he has been involved in many other Dolby Atmos projects, including mixing tracks for artists such as Marcus Miller.
Maurice Patist told StereoNET:
Immersive audio is the future for music, not least because it brings an entirely new and innovative dimension to the mixing process. The technology for both creating and distributing immersive audio has moved on, and there is also much more of a push from equipment manufacturers and labels alike to see this format succeed. It's no longer just a question of consumers needing a high-end home theatre set up to enjoy the experience – with products such as the Amazon Echo Studio delivering via up-firing speakers and headphone playbacks for people who like to stream tracks while on the move, there is little doubt that immersive audio for music will redefine the way we make music and the way we appreciate it as consumers.
PMC's recently launched slimline, high-performance ci series features the company's proprietary ATL bass loading technology and Laminair airflow control for ultra-low distortion and high-resolution playback, says the British speaker brand. Additionally, the monitors are designed with a shallow depth for wall mounting, and all models, apart from the ci140 and ci140sub, can be used in-wall. Their elegant and discreet design makes them ideal for many applications, including studios and home theatres. It enables custom installers to provide their clients with exactly the same speaker system used during the production process.
WHAT WE THINK
While Dolby Atmos Music might still appear to be very niche to most two-channel enthusiasts, there is no denying that interest in the format is growing. If you subscribe to TIDAL's Hi-Fi tier, for instance, you can take advantage of tracks mixed in Dolby Atmos Music or even check out the playlist.
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