Genelec 8020A active monitors provide great sound for Metrovision's HD-1 remore unit
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-05-26)
New York-based production and broadcast
service provider Metrovisions HD-1 remote production truck has
recently been a fixture for the audio production of high-profile
events. In just the first few months of 2010, it has been a key part
of the sound production for numerous events. Highlights have included
comedian/commentator Bill Maher's recent HBO special; Yoko Ono's "We Are
Plastic Ono Band" 77th-birthday celebration concert at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music (featuring Eric Clapton); the Winter Olympics in
Vancouver; on site in Tampa Bay, Florida, for the New York Yankees
spring training season broadcast on the YES network; the Yankees in
Boston playing against the Red Sox, for a Japanese NHK broadcast; the
2010 NBC Upfront presentation; and NYUs graduation ceremony at Yankee
Stadium. Aboard the HD-1, all reference audio is done via 8020A
Bi-Amplified Active Monitors from Genelec, the pioneer in Active
Monitoring technology for three decades.
The Genelec monitors are installed in two separate areas of the HD-1
vehicle. The audio control room has a complete 5.1 system utilizing
five Genelec 8020A monitors and a Genelec 7050B Active Subwoofer for
low-frequency reproduction. The trucks production room has five more
8020A monitors set up in a surround configuration but without a
subwoofer. There needs to be a lot of communication between people
working in the production area, and LFE in there would hinder that,
says Paul Wolf, Engineer-in-Charge on the HD-1. But we know that were
getting great low-frequency response from the Genelec sub in the audio
control room, so theres nothing to worry about.
Two additional pairs of Genelec 8020As are also kept aboard the HD-1
for use inside broadcast venues, such as for remote audio, from green
rooms and other areas, that is fed back to the HD-1s control room.
That creates an all-Genelec monitoring environment, no matter where
the audio is being heard. That consistency means a lot to making the
broadcasts sound as good as they do, Wolf says, adding that the
quality-control area of the HD-1 is also slated to get a set of
Genelec 6010A Desktop Bi-Amplified Loudspeakers in the near future.
Wolf notes that the decision to outfit the HD-1 with Genelec monitors
was based on sound and size. Its a lot of sound for the size, which is
exactly what youre looking for when it comes to monitoring in a
confined space, he says. And as broadcast sound for sports has gotten
better, we need the absolute best monitors available, and we have them
in the Genelecs.
For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.
From a press release.