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Mondosonic Studios has been a labor of love and five years of research for Varun Krrishna. Throughout his career, he has strived for the sound of classic British recording, which led to his collection of analog gear that includes a large-format desk and numerous pieces of outboard equipment. He ultimately created his own studio in Kerala. Krrishna chose Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring to achieve his desired sound.
“I have a sound of my own, so each gear selection is based on that particular sound and workflow,” explained Krrishna, in reference to the racks of outboard equipment in the studio. “It took more than three years to develop my studio’s console room and recording hall. I designed the rooms in ‘golden ratios’ myself, and I’m quite happy about the sound I’m getting there now.”
The 600-sq-ft mixing space required monitors that could provide coverage and sound quality. Krrishna trialled 10–15 monitor speakers and worked with Sound Team, a company from which he had bought a large amount of equipment.
“Varun spoke to me around mid-2019 about setting up this new room and we discussed a few Genelec monitor options to consider,” recalled Sound Team’s Shiv Sood. “We finally locked on the 1238DF with the 7380A subwoofer. Varun was looking at a high-powered three-way active monitor, but didn’t want to flush mount the monitors. The 1238DF was perfect as its cabinet depth is around 10 inches, and coupled with the 7380A, makes a full range monitoring solution.”
After the monitors were installed, they used the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software to tune the space. “I recollect that prior to ordering the system, Varun had questions about calibration, phase alignment, level matching and so on,” noted Sood. “I believe the sonic experience customers are getting is because GLM really plays a central part in the loudspeaker performance coming together.”
“Genelec made my mixes much greater by providing hyper-detailed monitoring,” Krrishna stated.