Film Composer Wayne Sharpe selects Genelec DSP systems across two continents

Wayne Sharpe
Wayne Sharpe is building bridges between the film score cultures of Hollywood and India’s Bollywood. In addition to his work on American films including Southie (with Donnie Wahlberg) and Pigeonholed (with Rosanna Arquette), as well as commercial scores for companies like Revlon, Mobil and McDonald’s, Sharpe is the first American to win the Indian film industry’s coveted Filmfare Award for his work on noted director Prakash Jha’s Gangaajal, for which Sharpe won in the Best Background Score category in 2004.

He has also drawn critical acclaim for his work on Afghan director Jawad Wassal’s critically-acclaimed Firedancer. And in the process of bringing his musical influences to eastern films in Mumbai’s scoring studios, he became acquainted with Genelec active monitors, which have since become an indispensable part of his film scoring process. In April, a Genelec 8250A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitoring System, purchased through Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), was installed in Sharpe’s home studio in the New York City area. 

“Indian films are unbelievable – their budgets are getting bigger and their scoring studios are very advanced,” says Sharpe. He will generally travel to India to discuss the film with its director, review rough cuts and take them back to his studio to create the score, returning to Mumbai for overdubs of choirs, orchestras and regional instruments like the sitar and the tabla. It was in those studios that he encountered Genelec active monitors. They made quite an impression. “The engineer I work with there, Pramod Chandorkar, mixes on Genelecs all the time and I became aware of how good they sound because we loved the mixes we were getting,” says Sharpe. 

Back home, Sharpe’s 8250A’s continue to provide that same kind of consistency in monitoring that he grew to depend on during his time in Mumbai. “I really like Genelec’s AutoCal™ automated calibration system, which automatically adjusts the speaker’s response based on the acoustical environment in which it is working,” he explains. “No matter where you put the speakers, you know you’re always going to get a predictable response. The system tailors itself to the room, and they’re working great in my studio.”