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The Art and Craft of Sound Design- Interview with Bishwadeep Chatterjee

PT met up with Bishwadeep Chatterjee, one of India’s most esteemed Sound Designer. In this extremely insightful interview, he generously shares his unique perspective and experience on music recording and sound design..... read more

Bose Professional Assures an IMMERSIVE SOUNDSCAPE At Sardar Patel Stadium – The Largest Cricket Stadium in the World

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Shankar and Siddharth Mahadevan’s Lambodara Studios – Leaves you Breathless

Auroville based leading acoustic consultancy & audio video system design firm Sound Wizard was tasked with designing acclaimed singer, composer and music director Shankar Mahadevan’s ..... read more

In Conversation With Sreejesh Nair

Besides being a part of the first Dolby Atmos Mix theater installation in India and the first Dolby Atmos Premiere Mix room in the world, Sreejesh Nair has been responsible for crafting the sound for major films like Bombay Velvet, Gangs of Wasseypur - II, Agneepath..... read more

Stained Class Productions - Beyond the Realms of Sound

Meet the father & son duo, Murugan N. and Mrinal N. whose musical influence has been Judas Priest and who have aptly named their studio after the fourth studio album of Judas Priest - Stained Class. Mrinal who manages the technical aspects ..... read more

Independent Producers Blurb on their Music and Technology

One of Asia’s largest music festivals, OPPO Sunburn in association with Percept Live and Klassique Events Goa returned to its birthplace Goa, this December after a hiatus of 3 years. The festival which made a grand homecoming for its 13th edition at Vagator for a three-day showcase ..... read more

Sequence of Steps to Follow on Resuming Studio Operations Post an Extended Duration of Shutdown

Munro Acoustics India has put together a suggestion/ guideline document after consulting many studios and engineers across the world to aid their clients in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and SE Asia..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms - Part 1

Acoustic and audio system design for a “small room” can be extremely challenging, especially for critical listening applications like control rooms and reference home cinemas. It is vital to understand the relationship between system..... read more

Harman Reigns Supreme in Indian Cinemas

Sound in the cinema, until recently, was dictated by standardized speaker layouts. If you are from the commercial cinema project, from the first design to the finished furnishings..... read more

Recording To Records

Music in India has changed drastically. This music and song driven country which is largely dominated by Bollywood soundtracks, has in the past year seen less of originals and more of old songs being plagiarised..... read more

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Studio Monitors

Golden Ears

A notable number of premium-quality monitors packed with distinctive innovations, were unveiled globally to the studio market in the year gone by. For the benefit of multiple numbers of studios springing up across the country and for our talented set of engineers in need of the latest brands in studio monitors, PT lines up a collection of six noteworthy options launched in 2017.

ADAM Audio S Series

Adam Audio’s S Series comprises five models of increasing size: S2V, S3H, S3V, S5H & S5V. The S Series includes completely new woofers and mid-range drivers, newly designed waveguides for the S Series tweeter (and the mid-range driver on the S5 models), and a new DSP engine which provides crossover optimization, voicing options and expansion potential.

Main Features include:

• S-ART tweeter, handmade in Berlin.
• The air velocity ratio of 4:1 during the sound generation by folded S-ART membrane.
• Newly designed HPS and MPS waveguides, milled from a solid block of aluminum.
• New midrange driver with one-piece hybrid dome/cone (DCH) design.
• Custom-built Extended Linear Excursion (ELE) bass drivers.
• Custom-designed Symmetrical Magnet Assembly (SMA).
• Horizontal 3-way system with 2 x 10” woofers and 1 x 4” DCH midrange.
• Spacious bass reflex ports on the front.
• Highly efficient PWM ICE Power amplifiers.
• Linear frequency response of 22 Hz to 50 kHz.
• Maximum peak sound pressure per pair in 1 m ≥ 131 dB.
• Custom DSP engine
• Analog XLR input
• Acoustically optimized and weightily constructed cabinets.

Technical Specification:

• Panel: Rear
• Frequency Response: 22 Hz - 50 kHz
• THD > 100 Hz: ≤0.3 %
• Max. SPL per pair at 1 m: ≥131 dB
• Crossover Frequencies: 250 Hz / 3 kHz
• Max. Power Consumption: 900 W
• Weight: 160 lb (72,6 kg)
• Height x Width x Depth: 16,9” (430 mm) x 34,8” (885 mm) x 19,7“(500 mm)

Dynaudio Lyd 48

The LYD 48 features a 3-way speaker design, coupling an 8” woofer with a 4” midrange and a 1” tweeter, making it well suited for nearfield as well as midfield monitor applications. It is available in the sleek white and black design, as the original LYD range.

Main Features include:

• The woofers and the tweeter are powered by a dedicated Class D amplifier, delivering 80W / 50W / 50W of power per monitor.
• The amp features a 96kHz/24bit signal path and selectable input sensitivity, as well as the same Standby Mode as the original LYD speakers.
• Features Bass Extension, allowing for a choice between the default setting or pushing towards maximum bass or maximum volume.

Technical Specification:

• Max SPL (1m, pair): 112dB
• Principle: Bass reflex
• Crossover Frequencies: 460Hz / 5.5kHz
• Tweeter: 1inch Soft dome
• Midrange: 4inches
• Woofer: 8inches
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 369 x 234 x 328mm
• Weight: 12kg
• Sensitivity (85dB @ 1m, free field):
 +6dB: 50mV
 0dB: 100 mV
 -6dB: 200 mV
• Amplifier:
 Power (Tweeter/Midrange/Woofer): 50W/50W/80W
 Type: Class D
 Power consumption standby: <0.5W
 Power consumption max.: 100W
 Input voltage: 90 - 264V AC, 50 - 60Hz
 Inputs: XLR balanced/RCA unbalanced
 Outputs: N/A

Focal Shape Series

This series is comprised of three monitors, the Shape 40, Shape 50 and Shape 65. It is designed and developed to offer an unparalleled solution to meet the needs of those working in an environment with limited space.

Main Features of Shape 65 include:

• Low directivity tweeter for a flexible listening position
• Designed without a port allowing it to be placed near a wall
• Numerous settings for optimal integration
• Accurate control, even in the very high end
• Flax sandwich cone: controlled and articulated bass, natural and detailed lower mid-range and upper mid-range registers
• Threads for ceiling and wall mounts (fastening accessories not supplied)

Technical Specification of Shape 65:

• Frequency response (+/-3dB): 40Hz - 35kHz
• Maximum SPL (musical signal): 109dB SPL (peak @ 1m)
• Electronic section
 Inputs/ Impedance:
 Type XLR: balanced 10kOhms
 Connectors RCA: unbalanced 10kOhms with sensitivity compensation
• Midrange and low frequency amplifier: 80W, class AB
• High frequency amplifier: 25W, class AB
• Automatic standby
 Standby on: After approximately 30 minutes with no signal
 Standby Off: Signal detection > 3 mV
• Electrical supply
 Voltages: 220-240V (T1AL / 250V fuse) or 100-120V (T2AL / 250V fuse)
 Connection: IEC plug and detachable power cord
• Settings
 High pass filter: Adjustable Full range 45/60/90Hz
 Bass (0 - 250Hz): Adjustable, +/-6dB
• Settings
 Midrange/bass (160Hz, Q=1) Adjustable, +/-3dB
 High (4.5 - 35kHz): Adjustable, +/-3dB
 Power On/Power Off: On/off switch on rear panel
• Standby consumption: < 0.5W
• Displays and controls: LED for power on/off and standby Transducers
• Woofer: 6.5” (16,5cm) Flax Cone
• Tweeter: 1” (25mm) ‘M’ profile Aluminum-Magnesium Cabinet
• Construction: 0.6” (15mm) MDF
• Finish: Vinyl, real walnut and black painting
• Dimensions with four rubber feet (HxWxD): 14 x 8.6 x 11.2” (355 x 218 x 285mm)
• Weight: 28.2lb (8.5kg)

Genelec The Ones

Introduced in 2017, The Ones is the world’s smallest three-way coaxial monitor series comprised of the original 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitor plus two new models, the 8341 and 8331. They can be orientated horizontally or vertically using an adjustable IsoPod base for isolation.

Main Features include:

• Acoustically Concealed Woofers Technology
• Reflex Port Design
• Minimum Diffraction Enclosure Technology
• Smart Active Monitor Systems
• Versatile Mountings
• Protection Circuitry
• Optimized Amplifiers
• Minimum Diffraction Coaxial Driver Technology
• Iso-Pod Stand
• Intelligent Signal Sensing Technology
• Directivity Control Waveguide Technology
• Active Crossovers

Technical Specification:

• SPL110 dB
• Frequency response: 38 Hz - 37 kHz (-6 dB)
• Accuracy of frequency response: ± 1.5 dB (45 Hz - 20 kHz)
• Driver dimension: 2x Oval Woofers 6 5/8 x 3 1/2 inch + Coaxial Midrange/Tweeter MDC™ 3 ½ / 3/4 inch + DCW™
• Amplifier power: Woofer 250 W + Midrange 150 W + Tweeter 150 W
• Dimensions: H 370 x W 237 x D 243 mm, 14 9/16 x 9 3/8 x 9 1/2 inch, with Iso-Pod™
• Weight: 9.8 kg / 22lb
• Connections: 1 x XLR analog input, 1 x XLR digital AES/EBU input , 1 x XLR digital AES/EBU output, 2 x RJ45 control network

M-Audio BX8-D3

Driving the low-end and midrange, BX8-D3’s 8-inch military-grade Kevlar woofers are rigid and lightweight studio monitor. These monitors have a rear- mounted bass port, meticulously engineered to the exact length and diameter, which deliver defined bass response with maximum bass extension and resolution. When combined with a smoothly-flared port, BX8-D3 monitors markedly reduce the audibly-intrusive air turbulence that results when bass is played back at high sound pressure levels (SPLs).

Main features include:

• Bi-amplified design with 150 watts (80 LF, 70 HF) for powerful, accurate sound
• 8” Kevlar low-frequency driver with high-temp voice coil and damped rubber surround
• 1.25” natural silk dome tweeter delivers superb transient details
• Computer-optimized tweeter waveguide for precise imaging
• Acoustic Space Control to fine-tune low-end response to your room
• Optimized rear port for extended low-frequency response
• XLR balanced and 1/4” balanced/unbalanced inputs for connecting audio interfaces, mixers, synthesizers, DJ gear, and more
• Volume control enables you to dial in the perfect monitor playback level
• Wide range 37-22kHz frequency response covers full musical spectrum

Technical Specification:

• Type: 2-way near-field studio reference monitors
• Low Freq. Driver: 8-inch (203 mm) Kevlar curved cone with high temperature voice coil and damped rubber surround, magnetically shielded
• High Freq. Driver: 1.25 inch (32mm) magnetically shielded natural silk dome
• Frequency Response: 37Hz – 22kHz
• Crossover Frequency: 2.0kHz
• Low Freq. Amplifier Power: 80W
• High Freq. Amplifier Power: 70W
• Maximum Peak Spl: 114dB SPL - Full Bandwidth Pink Noise Measured
• Input Sensitivity: -12dBU
• Input Connectors: 1x XLR balanced input connector 1x TRS balanced/unbalanced input connector
• Input Impedance: 10kΩ balanced, 20kΩ unbalanced
• Polarity: Positive signal at + input produce outward LF cone displacement
• Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over temperature, turn on/off transient, subsonic filter, external mains fuse
• Power Voltage: 100–120V, 50/60 Hz / 220–240V, 50/60 Hz
• Consumption: 150W
• Fuse 220–240V~ T1AL, 250V / 100–120V~ T2AL, 250V
• Cabinet: Vinyl-laminated high-acoustic-efficiency MDF
• Dimensions (Width X Depth X Height): 9.8” x 11.9” x 15.1” / 250 x 302 x 384 mm
• Weight: 23.1 lb / 10.5 kg

Mackie MR Series

Mackie MR series is designed to offer professional performance, clarity and superior mix translation for home studios, content creators and multimedia. This series is available in MR524, MR624, and the MR824 plus the MRS10 companion powered subwoofer.

Main features include: • Designed for superior mix translation and accuracy for professional results in any studio • Equipped with Mackie’s proven logarithmic wave guide design  Ultra-wide dispersion for enhanced stereo Imaging and listening sweet spot  Precise acoustic alignment offers In- credibly balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum • 1” silk dome tweeter provides fast transient response for detailed high end and vocal clarity • Polypropylene woofer delivers responsive, dynamic low frequency response  M R524 - 5.25”  MRG24- 6.5”  MR824 -8” • Bi-amplified Class A/B amplification  M R524 - 50 watts  M R624 - 65 watts  M R824 -85 watts • Frequency response:  MR524- 45 Hz- 20kHz  MR624- 38Hz-2.0 kHz  MR824 -35 Hz-2.0 kHz • Optimize MR monitors for your mixing environment  Adjustable acoustic space fillers main- tain flat response in typical placement configurations.  HF filter applies boost or cut to compensate for particularly dull or bright sounding rooms • Professional MDF cabinet design built to last and look great in any studio  Custom designed internal brae I ng adds stiffness for reduced distortion and enhanced low frequency response • Flexible Inputs for simple connection lo almost any audio source • Acoustically optimized 1Vith sound-tightening acoustic absorption material • Add the companion MRSIO studio subwoofer for powerful, deep low frequency extension perfect for electronic music, hip -hop and more S Technical Specification: • Acoustic Performance:  Frequency Response (-3 dB): 57 Hz- ZO kHz (MR5Z4), 45Hz- ZO kHz (MR6Z4), 38Hz- ZO kHz IMR824)  Frequency Response (-10 dB): 45Hz- ZO kHz IMR524), 38Hz- ZO kHz IMR624), 35Hz- ZO kHz IMR824) • Sound Pressure Level @ I meter, +4 dBu into Balanced Input: 102 dB SPL @ 1m (MR524), 105 dB SPL @ 1m (MR624), 107 dB SPL @ 1m (MR8Z4) • Maximum SPL Per Pair: 108 dB SPL @ 1m (MR524), 111 dB SPL @ 1m (MR624), 113 dB SPL @ 1m (MR8Z4) Physical Dimensions & Weight: • MR524:  Enclosure: 0.47 in /12 mm thick MDF with 0.83 in /21 mm MDF float panel  Dimensions: Height: 11.1 in/281 mm, Width: 7.1 in/180mm, Depth: 8.7 in/2 21 mm, Weight: 10.2 lb/4.6 kg • MR624:  Enclosure: 0.47 in /12 mm thick MDF with 0.94 in/24 mm MDF float panel  Dimensions: Height: 12.9 in/328 mm, Width: 8.3 in /210 mm, Depth: 11.2 in /284 mm, Weight: 16.5 lb/7.5 kg • MR824:  Enclosure: 0.59 in /15 mm thick MDF with 1.30 in /33 mm MDF float panel  Dimensions: Height: 15.7 in /400 mm, Width: 10.1 in/256mm, Depth: 12.0 in /320 mm, Weight: 23.0 lb/10.4 kg.

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