Maxe Axelsson has selected what Genelec believes to be the perfect combination for mastering as the latest addition to his facilities at PAMA Records. The upgrade to the mastering studio means that it now benefits from the 8351B coaxial three-way monitor and the W371A adaptive woofer system.
“We had never had this type of combined system in the studio before and at first we were a bit unsure about the idea,” admits Axelsson. “But once it was installed, we were completely blown away! The concept of combining the W371 woofer system with ‘The Ones’ coaxial design of the 8351 allowed a free-standing full range system for us, and we are planning to install that type of hybrid more in the future – it completely fixes every last detail in the room and is therefore at the heart of our mastering process.”
The combined Genelec system created directivity for Axelsson as well as total freedom from negative room influences.
“We originally had the Genelec 1038ACs as mains in the mastering room, and this was a great monitor to use for this. We loved the sound of these three-way centre speakers in a stereo setup and we were really happy with them, but then we had a problem with the bass that we couldn’t really fix,” he explains.
“So, we decided to get in the W371s, not really thinking it would be the final solution, but after the second calibration was set up and combined with the back wall reflections, it managed to take care of exactly what we needed it to – we had never seen that type of installation work before. We are not disappointed, we love the system!”