Valencia Studio A.
As the sound-for-picture media industry sector moves deeper into immersive sound, the Sound & Music Technology program at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, offers its students four studios configured for monitoring in the 7.1.4 format, including four overhead/height channels.
One of those studios is certified for the Dolby Atmos platform – one of the only such facilities in pro-audio education. These studios and others at the college share an audio-monitoring infrastructure made up of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitors.
Two of the facility’s six studios and listening environments, Studios A (the facility’s “flagship” room) and B, utilize 7.1.4 arrays using seven Genelec 8350A’s for their L-C-R and surround arrays and four Genelec 8340A’s as the height array.
Both of these rooms employ a pair of the Genelec 1234A’s as a separate main set of farfield monitors for full-range monitoring. Mixroom 1, which is Dolby Atmos-certified, uses Genelec 1238A’s for its L-C-R and 8340A’s for the surround arrays, while four 8330A’s are used for its height array.
Mixroom 2 is setup in a similar fashion, but uses 1237A’s instead for its L-C-R. All four studios are also equipped with dual subwoofers using either Genelec 7370A or 7360A Smart Active Subwoofers.
“Having Genelecs throughout the production rooms means that mixes can translate accurately between rooms,” said Joe McBride, teaching lab supervisor at the school. “The way something sounds in one studio is how it will sound in any of the others, which is the way all leading sound facilities are designed.”
The school also relies on the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM), a sophisticated digital-room-correction software platform that manages levels, distance delays and frequency balances of up to 30 networked speakers, all in one intuitive interface, and Genelec’s AutoCal, which automatically measures, analyzes, and adjusts speaker settings.
“These features are a way that we can have the studios designed to serve different purposes yet always provide a consistent listening environment for our students,” McBride said.
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