One on One with Phitz Hearne, Splice Post | Genelec 8351| Interview

My name is Phitz Hearne, I’m head of audio and senior dubbing mixer at Splice Post Splice started as a relatively small company and within quite a short space of time it’s grown into a two-facility post house We’ve got this building here in Shoreditch and then we’ve got another one which is five minutes down the road at Perseverance Works All of the stuff we do here is post production audio and video, and we do some film as well. What I do here as well as mixing, I also look after a team of six people. Within that role I have to create workflows, deal with technical issues and look at how we move forward technically Within the post industry we need to make sure that we’ve got basically the best equipment, because that’s kind of what our clients expect and the speakers have to be good, the TVs have to be good, you know the mixing consoles have to be good – it just has to be top flight kit otherwise you just can’t produce a decent piece of work This is studio 4 and this is our main mixing suite it’s a 5.1 setup, we have 8351As across the front and we’ve got a big sub and then we’ve got 8250As on the back What tends to happen now is the budgets are not there to create an acoustically perfect room or something that’s necessarily massively soundproofed, so our challenge always is to find bits of kit that will help us correct that One of the reasons we went for Genelec was because of the SAM software and the GLM technology that goes into those speakers, and I did a certain amount of research on that technology before we purchased them and, it was because it was so simple, it’s a very easy thing for a user to set up, that we actually decided that was the best way forward You plug the box in, you ask it to calibrate the speakers, it spikes some noise through it and then says “Do you like that?” and you go “Yes!” It’s a click-and-forget environment really One of the things that I like about it as well is the level in which you listen to stuff in a studio is quite important, so we set our studio up for 85dB The software’s got a useful little SPL reader on it so when you’ve calibrated your room, you can then make sure that each of your speakers is calibrated to the right level as well The 8351A speakers that we purchased it was a bit of an unknown for me at the start, I’m so used to, you know a tweeter, a mid and a bass; we were looking at different Genelec speakers and then this was kind of presented as a way forward and was kind of quite new, we’ve had them about eighteen months, we bought them relatively early on in the development and they sound great, I think one of the things you notice a lot about the, I suppose it’s the in-line technology I suppose you’d call it, is the way that you you receive the frequencies in a much more accurate environment. What that means to a mixer is that you feel the imaging so much better, so when you pan something to the left or you pan something to the right, it feels like you’ve panned it What’s also massively impressive is the response you get at very low frequencies and that’s very important when you’re mixing dialogues because, if you don’t hear rumble or bangs or pops when you’re mixing that and you put it into a cinema environment that can be a very unpleasant thing for the listener to hear, and you need to make sure you’ve got that response, and these things really give you a decent amount of imaging at sort of you know, probably 40 – 30Hz, somewhere there I started using Genelecs when I first started in this industry which was about 25, 26 years ago, it was my first real experience of a proper high-end speaker I think one of the things that I loved about them then, and I still love about them now is, the precision that you get from them, but it’s not just precision it’s… Genelecs make you work hard, they’re not a flattering speaker, but when you get it right on a Genelec, it’s right everywhere

2 thoughts on “One on One with Phitz Hearne, Splice Post | Genelec 8351| Interview

  1. We got a lot in common, Avid Pro Tools and Media Composer, Flanders Monitors and Genelec 8351 Speakers 😉
    couldn't see what make your projector was.

  2. Why is there a infographic about 8320/8330 + 7350 setup since he is actually using 8351 + 8350 + unknown sub? 🙂

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