BioWare Uses Genelec Active Monitors in 5.1 and 7.1 Configurations Across Their Studios

Genelec is supplying 5.1 and 7.1 audio monitor configurations for video game developer BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts.

BioWare is known for its complex in-game universe building, including such games as Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Mass Effect series (including the recent smash hit Mass Effect: Andromeda) and the upcoming Anthem. All of these games have intricate, complex audio beds with music, speech and sound effects mixed for surround-sound gaming setups.

Recently, BioWare has been upgrading and expanding its arsenal of Genelec monitors and subwoofers. They now has well over a dozen different surround-sound setups (5.1 and 7.1). These provide a highly accurate, consistent and dependable mixing solution that translates to any end user’s gaming environment.

BioWare’s engineers turned to Genelec as their monitor of choice when they began 15 years ago. Mike Kent, BioWare’s creative director, said “We tried out a lot of speakers, and we landed with Genelecs and we have never looked back. I believe our first Genelec 5.1 setup was 8020 monitors with the 7050 subwoofer. Since then, Genelecs have been our go-to.

“All our audio designers use Genelecs for referencing. I tend to think of Genelecs like a microscope for sound – you can hear problems in the audio with laser focus. And the mix that you settle on with the Genelecs translates to any other speakers. Our mix rooms are not all perfect listening environments, but Genelec’s digital calibration tools really help us dial in the ideal parameters for each room,” he said.

Recently BioWare has built several more suites, employing 8341’s and 8331’s – both newer members of Genelec’s “The Ones” line of Smart Active Monitors. In their most recent mix theater build, a Dolby Atmos setup includes seven 8341’s, four 8331’s in the ceiling position and a 7370 subwoofer.

Other suites include surround setups of 8320’s and the 7350 subwoofer – a configuration that Genelec bundles as the 8320.LSE Surround Smart Active Monitoring 5.1 system.  

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