TCM

Created to give composition students at the Tokyo College of Music’s (TCM) access to higher quality recording facilities than previously available, the new Nakameguro/Daikanyama campus uses Genelec monitoring in a variety of spaces for both stereo and immersive formats with its main studio acoustics designed by renowned acoustician Sam Toyoshima.

The highlight of TCM’s Genelec monitoring solutions can be found in the college’s flagship recording studio.

TCM‘The studio is used mainly by students who major in the Fine Art/Film Scoring course within the composition program,’ explains TCM lecturer, Hideaki Sano. ‘The course focuses on composition, arrangement and performance, but also studies practical techniques related to pre-production, studio recording, producing, and so on. The studio needed to be capable of recording an entire orchestra, and since we have a concert hall and other large performance spaces on campus, we wanted the studio to make efficient use of these facilities.’

With this brief in mind, TCM turned to Masami ‘Sam’ Toyoshima, to handle the studio’s acoustic design. Meanwhile, the equally important task of studio planning and operation was given to Mixer’s Lab, thanks to its history and track record running its own studios as well as offering engineering and consultancy services.

The technology in the studio is clearly high-end, matching the standards that TCM demands. Nowhere is this clearer than with the studio monitoring. The solution comprises Genelec 1234A, 1238AC and 1238DF smart active main monitors in a 5.1.2 immersive configuration, with 8351A coaxial monitors for stereo close-field monitoring.

Hideo Takada of Mixer's LabFor Hideo Takada of Mixer’s Lab, the decision to go with Genelec monitors was an easy one: ‘I’ve been using Genelec reference monitors at work for a long time, so I know their sound inside out. They work well with acoustic instruments, pop music, and a wide variety of genres. It’s a studio monitor you can trust.’

If the choice was easy, the configuration of the space was not: ‘The college originally requested the studio to be at least a two-channel environment, and be able to conduct high-quality recording,’ recalls Takada. ‘But as the studio planning developed, we considered that it should support surround. I had just experienced Dolby Atmos mixing myself, and realised the importance of it, so we opted for 1234As as LR, a 1238AC for the centre channel, two 1238DFs for surrounds and two more 1238DFs as height speakers – due to the compact nature of the studio.’

TCMFor stereo close-field work, TCM opted for 8351A three-way point source monitors from The Ones series. ‘What’s great about coaxial monitors is that you get one coherent sound,’ explains Mixer’s Lab’s Tatsuo Umezu. ‘A certain sound can be perceived from one point as if it’s a matter of course, and the centre of the sound doesn’t get “blurred”. I can tell exactly where the mic was placed, and how far it was from the instrument. I suppose this is exactly what Genelec aimed for.’

Sano is clearly very happy with their performance: ‘Genelec monitors have the same sound even when the playback volume is low – that’s one of the benefits. And the fact that it has become the industry standard is the key to our choice. Experiencing that industry standard sound is extremely beneficial for our students before they start to work as professionals.

‘It’s about the balance of the richness and the accuracy of the sound,’ he continues. ‘A monitor needs to be comfortable to listen to, and Genelec has that quality – plus the accuracy to comprehend every detail of the sound whatever the genre. Genelec can precisely playback an orchestra, a violin solo, pop music, EDM, and much more. It’s a monitor we can completely count on.’

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