ATC SCM20s Monitor "The Ring" Trilogy

Dec 5, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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John Kurlander, who signed on last year to record the score for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings motion-picture trilogy, recently completed sessions in England for the highly anticipated second part of the Middle Earth saga, The Two Towers. In order to maintain the consistency of the music score throughout the series, Kurlander reported that very little was changed from the scoring sessions for the initial installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, including the choice of venues for the orchestral recordings and the choice of audio equipment, which once again included a set of portable ATC Loudspeaker SCM20A active near-field monitors.

The principal recording venue this time around was once again CTS in London. The new CTS Studio, a semi-permanent setup in Watford Town Hall in the Northwest suburbs of London, utilized much of the company's equipment from its now defunct Wembley location. Although the studio owns a 5.1 ATC monitor system--which includes three SCM150s for LCR, two SCM20s for surrounds and SCM 0.1/15 subwoofers--Kurlander chose to use his own personal system at CTS and for additional scoring sessions at AIR Lyndhurst and Abbey Road.

"My three monitors traveled with us wherever we went," said Kurlander. "I just used the sub and surrounds of whatever room we were in. Because so many people needed to be in the control room, that to conserve space we didn't install the CTS LCR system at all. My three monitors sat on the top of the desk: We had some special tables made for the AMS Neve Capricorn and my 20A's matched in really well with CTS' ATC surrounds and subs."

Kurlander was also concerned that directors and producers of big action movies like The Lord of the Rings would demand to hear the score "very big and loud on a heavy-duty system. But that hasn't turned out to be the case. Filmmakers realized it isn't just the theatrical experience but also DVD. If it sounds that good on a near-field 5.1 system and they know it is translating well onto the dub stage, then they can relate to the music and its vital relationship with dialog and effects."

ATC Loudspeakers are distributed by Transamerica Audio Group, which can be found online at Check out the January 2003 issue of Mix for a more in-depth look at sound for the second installment of The Lord of the Rings.

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