XM Productions/Effanel Music chooses Genelec 8200 DSP Systems for the 50th Grammy Awards

50th Grammy awards
LOS ANGELES, CA, February 12, 2008 — At the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards Show, telecast on CBS from LA’s Staples Center on the evening of Sunday, February 10th, XM Productions/Effanel Music employed Genelec 8200 Series DSP Monitoring Systems.

Genelec DSP systems consisting of 8250A and 8240A monitors, along with the 7260A subwoofer, were used in both XM Productions/Effanel Music's L7 truck for the live music mix, as well as in the mirrored system in the ORB (Offline Remix Booth). 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.

The HDTV/5.1 broadcast was mixed and monitored by a team of top-tier professionals, all relying on Genelec to provide them 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. Joel Singer was the XM Productions/Effanel Audio EIC (Engineer in Charge).

The Genelec 8200 Series Bi-Amplified 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 the last year’s GRAMMY Awards, made the Genelec DSP monitors an easy decision.

Joel Singer stated, "As far as we are concerned, Genelec monitoring is the benchmark for high-end audio reference speakers. We have been consistently impressed with their performance—musically, they are the best-sounding speakers we’ve used, and they deliver show after show. With the ability to adapt the surround speaker field with the DSP technology, you feel comfortable knowing our monitors are spot-on.”