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msm Studio Group Upgrades To Dolby Atmos With PMC

Munich-based facility adds IB2S and DB1S loudspeakers for surround sound mixing with the new audio format

Media production company msm Studio Group has expanded its studio and services in Munich, Germany, to offer the immersive Dolby Atmos format with PMC.

Opened in 1991, msm has been a PMC user for many years, with the company’s MB2S, IB2S and DB1S loudspeakers installed throughout the facility.

As well as working daily with clients such as Universal Music, Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Music, msm has grown from a CD mastering facility into a complex that now also offers DVD and Blu-ray mastering and audio/video postproduction.

“We have two mastering rooms (one in stereo and one in 5.1), a smaller editing and QC room and a home cinema style studio that has full HD projection,” says msm founder and managing director Stefan Bock.

“We also have facilities for video editing, colour grading and Blu-ray/ DVD authoring.”

For several years msm has been pioneering Pure Audio Blu-ray, an audio-only format that utilises Blu-ray discs to deliver high resolution stereo and multichannel audio. The success of Pure Audio, ciombined with client demand for immersive formats, led Bock and his team to expand msm’s current 7.1 cinema room into a 9.1+4 Dolby Atmos environment .

“We have been dealing with immersive audio formats for the last two years, especially in the context of Pure Audio Blu-ray, and we have been really excited by these developments,” Bock says.

“Last November we contacted Dolby to discuss how to turn our home cinema studio into a Dolby Atmos Mixing suite and we have now completed this project. It is amazing how excellent the room sounds.”

msm’s cinema room now houses PMC IB2S three way loudspeakers for the L, C, R channels and DB1S speakers for the surround and height channels. Designed by acoustician Jochen Veith and driven by a ProControl desk with Trinnov Altitude for monitoring and decoding, msm’s cinema room was always an impressive sounding space. However, since the Atmos upgrade Stefan has grown even fonder of the studio.

“I love the room,” he says. “It’s hard to leave, and I have to admit that I’m now getting a bit bored if the mix is only 5.1…”

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