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ATC Monitors Rise With PhoenixNew studio selects ATC multi-channel monitoring (November 22, 2005)
The first recording studio has arrived on the lot of Pinewood, the heart of the British film and TV production industry. Phoenix Sound has completed its first orchestral recording sessions just three months after moving into the empty sound stage that has been transformed into a high-end multi-track recording and mixing facility.
With its particular emphasis on music-to-picture work for film and television, Phoenix has taken great care in choosing a 5.1 surround system for its 40-sq. m. control room. Recording Architecture's Roger D'Arcy, acting as design consultant for the new room, and Pete Fielder, MD of Phoenix Sound, were in agreement that the best multi-channel monitoring around was ATC.
"Recording Architecture is accustomed to building around ATC monitors and, like us, have heard the ATC system proven in many different control rooms," explains Fielder. "Most of the engineers that are going to use the studios like and prefer to use ATC, and we know that the system is popular with film people as well."
ATC SCM200ASL Pro three-way actives are installed as the main studio monitors L, C and R, with powered SCM20ASL Pro units for the rear channels. Two SCM 0.1/15 Pro subs built into plinths extend the extreme LF, delivering over 118dB at very low distortion down to well below 20Hz.
The control room is equipped with a Neve VR 72-channel desk recording to three multi-track formats - Pro Tools H/D, RADAR and Sony 3348 digital multi-track. The studio itself can easily accommodate up to 30 musicians. With the involvement of David Ward (formerly of Gateway Studios) in the Phoenix enterprise, the studios will also host professional development courses for, among others, the film industry, and well as an extensive teacher training program.
ATC's drivers are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances and are legendary for their many design innovations, such as the innovative SL magnet system and the company's renowned Soft Dome midrange driver, which achieves exceptionally broad and even dispersion to produce a flat response anywhere in the room. Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer and musician Bill Woodman.
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