March 17, 2010 – For Immediate Release
“Mastering has become a breeze with the Revel Ultima Gem2. I know exactly what I’m getting and how it’s going to translate to any other system,” states Bob Katz, President and Mastering Engineer, Digital Studios.
ELKHART, Indiana — With over one thousand records mastered and three GRAMMY-award winning albums credited to its studio in Orlando, Florida, Digital Domain Mastering knows what it takes to produce quality music. That’s why they recently installed two Revel Ultima Gem2 loudspeakers to provide the mastering process with sonic integrity and quality performance.
The speakers, which are optimally placed in an equilateral triangle nine feet from the listener in an acoustically treated mastering room, add a depth of versatility and precision to the mastering process that was absent before their arrival, according to Bob Katz, president and mastering engineer, Digital Domain Mastering.
“Every day I use the Ultima Gem2’s to make critical judgments on the tonality and impact of music including rock, folk, hip hop, jazz, and classical,” Katz said. “They work well with all styles of music and they streamline my workflow because they are accurate and I can make instant judgments as to the quality of the sound.”
Katz selected the Revel loudspeakers because he knew they would provide the most ideal compliment to the subwoofer approach that he and his team take to mastering. They placed the Ultima Gem2s at an ear level height, which gives him and his team the ability to make less than 0.5 dB changes in equalization in any range and hear the effect and allows them to reveal any problems with the source material while mastering.
“Toe-in position is critical as with any high-end monitor,” Katz said while explaining the positioning of the speakers. “But when you set them just right, you are rewarded with an extended, spacious and even soundstage.”
Although a compact loudspeaker, the Gem2 has an impressive driver array utilized by an 8-inch woofer producing as low as 80Hz and complemented by a dedicated midrange driver. With its titanium concave cones, more pressure and enhanced rigidity compromise in giving less distortion and crisp response. The Gem2 is one of four products that comprise the Ultima Series; the others being the Salon2 and Studio2 floor-standing loudspeakers, and the Voice2 center-channel loudspeaker.
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