Morten Lindberg is a Grammy-winning sound engineer and music producer in Norway. He owns the production company Lindberg Lyd, and his record label 2L features Norwegian composers and performers and an international repertoire.
Lindberg recently upgraded the monitoring system in his post production studio with Genelec smart active monitors and woofer systems in a 7.1.4 configuration, creating an immersive studio.
“Once you’ve experienced immersive audio, then coming back to stereo is really difficult,” said Lindberg. “When I started doing recordings back in the early ’90s, stereo was our perspective to work with, it was what we had. Then came surround sound in the early 2000s, and that opened up a whole new wide image to music reproduction.”
The new facility is designed specifically for the editing, mixing and mastering of immersive audio. The monitoring system is compatible with both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. Genelec explained that it is largely based on models from ‘The Ones’ series. It has seven 8351B coaxial three-way monitors in the bed layer, all complemented by W371A adaptive woofer systems. The height positions are handled by four 8341A models, with a 7380A subwoofer handling the LFE. Additionally, an 8320A compact two-way nearfield monitor sits atop the 7380A, to provide an upwards frequency extension above 120 Hz.
“All The Ones models that we used have full bandwidth capabilities on their own, so the intention with the W371A was really to reach down into that tactile, haptic aspect of sound, to reach down into the part of the sound experience which transitions from audio into the vibration range,” Lindberg added. “Our whole body is actually a very sophisticated sensory system and the body’s experience of music is much broader than our traditional definition of audio.”
Lindberg uses Genelec GLM loudspeaker manager software to connect, calibrate and control the monitoring system. “What I found most useful about GLM is how ‘elastic’ it is in terms of how many speakers we can connect to the network, and how they are placed and configured. Additionally, GLM can also act as a monitor controller, giving you access to all the speakers.”
“A perfect recording for us is if we can make you cry… or laugh. It’s about emotions.”