MUMBAI, INDIA — Aurom Post Sound (www.aurompostsound.com) deepened its commitment to immersive audio with the recent addition of a second 7.1.4 room, powered by Genelec Smart Active Monitors. Genelec’s (www.genelec.com) Smart Active Monitoring technology allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment.
Photo (L-R): Aishwarya Acharya, Abhilasha Gautama and Ajaykumar PB in Studio 2.
Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software application, running on Mac or PC. GLM’s reference microphone kit allows the user’s acoustic environment to be analyzed, after which GLM’s AutoCal feature optimizes each Smart Active Monitor for level, distance delay, subwoofer crossover phase and room response equalization, with the option of further fine tuning by the user. By minimizing the room’s influence on the sound, Smart Active Monitors deliver high levels of reference performance and translation between rooms.
“With customers impressed with the kind of performance we were getting from our first immersive studio, we decided to upgrade our original 5.1 room to a 7.1.4 configuration,” explains Aurom’s owner, Akhilesh Acharya, who is a sound designer and mix engineer in his own right. “That would mean we would have two rooms with Genelec 7.1.4 monitoring that can both offer multi-format post production.”
Genelec’s Indian distribution partner, Sound Team (www.soundteam.in), worked closely with acoustic consultant Ajay Kumar PB and the local team from Dolby to ensure that the room would offer the translation between the studio and the theater that Aurom required, as well as meeting Dolby’s exacting standards in a challenging space. The facility’s first Atmos studio used 8240A monitors and a 7270A subwoofer for the 7.1.4 configuration, but due to the size of the second room, a different solution was found for the new space.
“For the new room we are using 8340As as LCR, with 8330As for surrounds and overheads, plus a 7370A subwoofer and 9301A Multichannel AES/EBU interface,” explains Acharya. “These monitors were suggested by both Dolby and Sound Team in accordance with the room size, so that we can work on both theater mixes and OTT platforms. We are absolutely happy with our monitoring chain.”
The installation was a smooth process, taking five days from cabling to commissioning.