Genelec 8200 DSP Systems chosen for Music Mixers at the 51st Grammy Awards

51st Grammy Awards
At the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards Show, telecast on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on the evening of Sunday, February 8th, XM Productions/Effanel Music employed Genelec 8200 Series Active DSP Monitoring Systems. Genelec DSP systems consisting of 8250A and 8240A active monitors, along with the 7260A subwoofer, were used in XM Productions/Effanel Music’s L7 truck for the live music mix, as well as in the mirrored system in the Nova offline remix booth.

The HDTV/5.1 broadcast was mixed and monitored by a team of top-tier professionals, relying on Genelec to provide them with an accurate monitoring environment.

The audio portion of the broadcast was supervised by Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger, leading members of the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy®, while the Music Mixers included John Harris and Eric Schilling. Peter Gary was the XM Productions/Effanel Audio Engineer in Charge.

The Genelec 8200 Series Bi-Amplified Active Monitors employ the company’s proprietary DSP (Digital Signal Processing), GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software) and AutoCal™ (Automated Calibration software) technologies, which together create a self-calibrating monitoring solution that both guarantees accurate audio and ensures a steady-paced workflow. This, combined with XM Productions/Effanel Music’s long-time use of Genelec active monitors, including employing the identical system used at last year’s Grammy Awards, made the Genelec DSP monitors an easy decision.

John Harris stated, “Genelec active monitoring is the industry standard for high-end monitoring solutions, without a doubt. Their performance is absolutely consistent show after show, and the sound is the most musical we’ve ever used. With the ability to adapt the surround speaker field with the DSP technology, Genelecs offer the peace of mind of knowing our monitors are exactly what we need them to be.”

Photo: 51st Grammy Awards Music Mixers Eric Schilling (L) and John Harris (R), with Genelec 8200 Series Active DSP Monitors in XM Productions/Effanel Music's L7 truck.

The Emmy® Award-winning GRAMMY show takes full advantage of the highest-resolution broadcast quality offered by CBS, which distributes HDTV and 5.1 channels of CD-quality surround sound in a number of major markets on its High Definition Television Network.