Mix LA adds Ocean Way Audio 9.1.4 monitoring system

Chris Lord-Alge outfitted his Mix LA setup with a Dolby Atmos 9.1.4 monitor speaker system designed by Allen Sides of Ocean Way Audio.

Chris Lord-Alge in his Mix LA control room.  Photo: Michelle Shiers
Chris Lord-Alge in his Mix LA control room. Photo: Michelle Shiers

Los Angeles, CA (February 9, 2022) – Five-time Grammy winner Chris Lord-Alge has outfitted the control room at his Mix LA facility with a new Dolby Atmos 9.1.4 monitor speaker system designed by Ocean Way Audio CEO and engineer/producer Allen Sides.

The new Atmos monitoring system sits alongside the main Ocean Way Audio speaker system that Sides installed two years ago in the facility. “We had already installed one of our large monitor systems in his studio and Chris was so pleased with their accuracy and performance that he asked if we could supply an Atmos 9.1.4 mixing system capable of delivering the definition and punch from its big monitors,” says Sides, who has five decades of experience in speaker design. “It was a tight fit, but our efforts resulted in a very impressive monitor system, but compact.”

The new system consists of three Ocean Way Audio HR4S left, center and right as well as a subwoofer for each HR4 under the console. “We also added an additional subwoofer for the LFE, and the LFE also feeds to the other three subwoofers – meaning each of the LCR monitors is full range down to 25Hz with no bass management,” Sides explains.

Other loudspeakers in Lord-Alge’s new Atmos mixing range include 10 of the new Ocean Way Audio PRO2A-S loudspeakers for surround, plus two Ocean Way Audio S12 subs in the back of the room. control for surround bass management.

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The first album remixed by Lord-Alge for the Dolby Atmos format in his new room was Green Day’s american idiot, recorded at Ocean Way Studio B in Hollywood. This album, originally released in 2004, went on to be certified six times Platinum and won the Grammy for record of the year.

Although Lord-Alge has never owned his own Atmos system, he has worked on Atmos projects in various commercial installations. A notoriously demanding customer, he was impressed with the new system, according to Sides: “He said one of the things that really impressed him, other than the clear, punchy sound, was that when he swept through around the room, it sounded quite cohesive. It was a contrast to some of the other rooms he had worked in, even down to the lower frequency range.

Independent systems guru Art Kelm managed the installation of the Mix LA Atmos system. “Art is a great friend and was brought in to design and implement the Atmos upgrade infrastructure,” says Lord-Alge. “This was an important aspect as speaker placement, trusses, electronics and system wiring needed to be managed with my staff while I was away. Art’s experience with the Atmos system upgrade of Capitol Studios made Art the perfect choice because he knows all the different technologies used.

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