Gateway Mastering and DVD Installs Grace m906 System

Feb 17, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Music mastering and DVD authoring facility Gateway Mastering and DVD (Portland, ME) has purchased the newly released Grace Design m906 5.1 reference monitoring system. The unit was installed in Gateway’s DVD authoring suite where it will be used as the primary surround monitoring controller for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD work. The system is also sourced from a Pro Tools|HD digital audio workstation.

The m906 has an MSRP of $5,995 (USD) and is now shipping. The unit is a stand-alone, high-fidelity, 5.1 surround monitoring system designed for professional audio applications. The system comprises three main components: a 2U, 19-inch rackmount I/O and processing mainframe, remote-control unit and an external half-rack linear power supply. Multiple analog and digital inputs are provided for both 5.1 and stereo sources. Digital formats include AES3, ADAT, S/PDIF and Optical, and incorporates Grace’s lates-generation, ultralow-distortion 24-bit, 192kHz D/A converter technology. Two 5.1 control room outputs and up to three stereo pair outputs are provided with individual channel solo/mute capability.

Comprehensive system calibration tools allow users to fine tune input levels, individual interchannel balance and control room output levels. Other features include a built-in reference headphone amplifier with two headphone outputs and a talkback mic input with an associated TB switch for communicating with talent in the studio. Control room and headphone output levels are precisely controlled via a pair of stepped rotary encoders, each with a 100dB level range adjustable in 0.5dB steps. Two large seven-segment blue LED shows output levels.

“We’re doing a lot of final quality-control work in the DVD suite, which demands a monitoring system that’s both highly accurate and detailed. We also run quite a number of source machines from DVD and SACD decks to Pro Tools and the m906 easily accommodates them all. It also just sounds great!” explained Brian Lee (pictured), lead designer/DVD authoring engineer at Gateway.

For more information, visit Gateway Mastering and DVD's Website is located at

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