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For Immediate Release: October 21, 2002
MultiMAX EX Helps Fogel Through A Busy Multichannel Year
ALHAMBRA, CA - August 14, 2002 -- Chris Fogel, a Los Angeles-based music scoring mixer and recording engineer, has installed a Martinsound MultiMAX EX multiformat monitor control at the heart of his personal studio surround monitor setup. Fogel primarily uses the MultiMAX EX during the mixing of film score projects and while remixing stereo albums for DVD-Audio release.
"I have a Euphonix CS2000 at my home studio and needed something for multichannel monitoring," explains Fogel. "There were a number of units out there, but I didn't like the feature sets on some of them and the sonics of others. MultiMAX had everything that I wanted. I use it straight out of the multiformat converters on the Euphonix."
MultiMAX EX will handle a surround monitor system of up to 8 speakers configured as 3 or 5 front channels with 2, 3, or 4 surround channels. When integrated with a stereo mixing system, MultiMAX adds management of surround encoder and decoder monitoring and downmix compatibility checks.
Fogel reports that he will typically perform a separate stereo mix of a surround project, but notes, "If the budget isn't there for me to go back and do proper stereo mixes then I do check the downmixes using MultiMAX. My room is setup so that any 5.1 reductions end up sounding pretty good in stereo."
According to Fogel, his surround project workload has been increasing of late. "Most of my phone calls are for multichannel projects. In the last couple of years it's been 50 percent film scores, 20 percent DVD-As, and then the rest albums. Previously, it was 90 percent album work with the odd film score thrown in. I like the format; from a mixer's perspective I think it's much easier to mix in 5.1 than it is in stereo."
Currently engaged in remixing all of Alanis Morrisette's albums for 5.1 release, Fogel comments, "I couldn't work without the MultiMAX. As soon as I installed it, it worked right from the get-go." With Under Rug Swept, Morrisette's newest record, now completed Fogel is moving on to Jagged Little Pill.
"We purposely mixed Jagged Little Pill to sound like it's coming out of a shoebox," observes Fogel. "Now I've got all these people saying, 'You get to go back and do the 5.1, so you'll make it sound a lot better, right?' No! I'm going to maintain the vibe of the original record. Thirty-two million people can't be wrong." In addition to stellar sales, the album also earned a Grammy in 1995 for Album of the Year.
Fogel recently finished the film score and soundtrack album for Reign of Fire. "Next I've got a couple of smaller pictures," he recounts, "Old School, a college comedy type thing, then a score for a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow called A View From the Top. Then there will be another Charlie's Angels at the end of the year." Fogel, who also mixed the first Charlie's Angels score, concludes, "It's a busy year, and most of it is multichannel."
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