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The main studio at Tokyo College of Music’s Nakameguro/Daikanyama campus, featuring Genelec monitors

Genelec 1238DFs as height speakers, used in the multi-channel configuration at the main studio at Tokyo College of Music’s Nakameguro/Daikanyama campus

Hideaki Sano of Tokyo College of Music

Mr. Hideo Takada of Mixer's Lab 

Tokyo College of Music Genelec case study

 


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Genelec monitors immerse new Tokyo College of Music Campus


NATICK, MA, September 29, 2020 — Genelec Smart Active Monitors™ are at the heart of the Tokyo College of Music’s (TCM) new Nakameguro/Daikanyama campus. The campus has been created to give TCM’s composition students access to even higher quality recording facilities with Genelec providing monitoring solutions to a variety of spaces in both stereo and immersive formats.

The highlight of TCM’s Genelec monitoring solutions can be found in the flagship recording studio. “The studio is used mainly by students who major in the Fine Art/Film Scoring course within the composition program,” explains TCM lecturer Hideaki Sano. “The course focuses on composition, arrangement and performance, but also studies practical techniques related to pre-production, studio recording, producing, and so on. The studio needed to be capable of recording an entire orchestra, and since we have a concert hall and other large performance spaces on campus, we wanted the studio to make efficient use of these facilities.”

With this brief in mind it was clear that the studio would need to be the centerpiece of the new campus. To ensure the best possible results, TCM turned to world-renowned acoustician, Masami “Sam” Toyoshima, to handle the studio’s acoustic design. Meanwhile, the equally important task of studio planning and operation was given to Mixer’s Lab, thanks to its history and track record running its own studios as well as offering engineering and consultancy services.

The technology in the studio is clearly high-end, matching the standards that TCM demands. Nowhere is this clearer than with the studio monitoring. The solution comprises Genelec 1234A, 1238AC and 1238DF smart active main monitors in a 5.1.2 immersive configuration, with 8351A coaxial monitors for stereo nearfield monitoring. For Hideo Takada of Mixer’s Lab, the decision to go with Genelec monitors was an easy one: “I've been using Genelec reference monitors at work for a long time, so I know their sound inside out. They work well with acoustic instruments, pop music, and a wide variety of genres. It’s a studio monitor you can trust.”

If the choice of brand was an easy decision, the configuration of the space was a different matter entirely. “The college originally requested the studio to be at least a 2-channel environment, and be able to conduct high-quality recording,” recalls Takada. “But as the studio planning developed, we considered that it should support surround. I had just experienced Dolby Atmos® mixing myself, and realized the importance of it, so we opted for 1234As as L/R, a 1238AC for the center channel, two 1238DFs for surrounds and two more 1238DFs as height speakers – due to the compact nature of the studio.”

For stereo nearfield work, TCM opted for 8351A three-way point source monitors from The Ones series. “What’s great about coaxial monitors is that you get one coherent sound,” explains Mixer’s Lab’s Tatsuo Umezu. “A certain sound can be perceived from one point as if it's a matter of course, and the center of the sound doesn't get ‘blurred’. I can tell exactly where the mic was placed, and how far it was from the instrument. I suppose this is exactly what Genelec aimed for.”

Reflecting on the qualities the Genelec monitoring solutions have brought TCM, Sano is clearly very happy with their performance: “Genelec monitors have the same sound even when the playback volume is low, and that's one of the benefits. And the fact that it has become the industry standard is the key to our choice. Experiencing that industry standard sound is extremely beneficial for our students before they start to work as professionals.

“It's about the balance of the richness and the accuracy of the sound,” he continues. “A monitor needs to be comfortable to listen to, and Genelec has that quality – plus the accuracy to comprehend every detail of the sound whatever the genre. Genelec can precisely playback an orchestra, a violin solo, pop music, EDM, and much more. It’s a monitor we can completely count on.”

For more information please visit www.genelec.com and www.tokyo-ondai.ac.jp.


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Photo caption 1: The main studio at Tokyo College of Music’s Nakameguro/Daikanyama campus, featuring Genelec monitors

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Photo caption 2: Genelec 1238DFs as height speakers, used in the multi-channel configuration at the main studio at Tokyo College of Music’s Nakameguro/Daikanyama campus

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Photo caption 3: Mr. Hideaki Sano of Tokyo College of Music

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Photo caption 4: Mr. Hideo Takada of Mixer's Lab 

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PDF caption: Tokyo College of Music Genelec case study

Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, is celebrating over 40 years of designing and manufacturing active loudspeakers for true and accurate sound reproduction. Genelec is credited with promoting the concept of active transducer technology. Since its inception in 1978, Genelec has concentrated its efforts and resources into creating active monitors with unparalleled sonic integrity. The result is an active speaker system that has earned global acclaim for its accurate imaging, extremely high acoustic output from small enclosures, true high-fidelity with low distortion, and deep, rich bass.

Genelec is also celebrating over 10 years of its Smart Active Monitoring™ technology, which allows studio monitors to be networked, configured and calibrated for the user’s specific acoustic environment. Each Smart Active Monitor or subwoofer is equipped with advanced internal DSP circuitry, which tightly integrates with the GLM (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 an unrivalled reference, with excellent translation between rooms.

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—For more information on the complete range of Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909;
Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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