“With customers impressed with the kind of performance we were getting from our first immersive studio, we decided to upgrade our original 5.1 room to a 7.1.4 configuration,” said Aurom’s owner Akhilesh Acharya. “That would mean we would have two rooms with Genelec 7.1.4 monitoring that can both offer multi-format post production.”
Genelec’s Indian distribution partner, Sound Team, worked with acoustic consultant Ajay Kumar PB and the local team from Dolby to ensure that the room would offer the translation between the studio and the movie theatre that Aurom required, as well as meeting Dolby’s exacting standards in a challenging space. The facility’s first Atmos studio used 8240A monitors and a 7270A subwoofer for the 7.1.4 configuration. Due to the size of the second room, a different solution was needed.
“For the new room we are using 8340As as LCR, with 8330As for surrounds and overheads plus a 7370A subwoofer and 9301A multichannel AES/EBU interface,” said Acharya. “These monitors were suggested by both Dolby and Sound Team in accordance with the room size, so that we can work on both theatre mixes and OTT platforms.”
Installation took five days from cabling to commissioning. “We were impressed with the way GLM’s Auto Calibration works, and gets you very accurate results,” added Acharya. “The ability to then manually tweak after the AutoCal stage gives a lot of flexibility to the person calibrating the room. We have also made different setups in GLM so that we can switch at any time between presets for a 5.1 film mix, theatrical Atmos, OTT Atmos and stereo.”
Reflecting on the overall project, Acharya is satisfied with the choices that Aurom has made. “We have found a high-performance product with very good reliability, and we are extremely happy with our purchase of Genelec monitors.”