‘A game changer for artists’: Dean St. Studios relaunches with Dolby Atmos

Legendary London recording studio Dean St. Studios has relaunched with brand new Dolby Atmos mixing facilities at the heart of Studio 1, which have been hailed by the facility’s managing director, Jasmin Lee, as a “game changer for artists”.

Dean St. has seen some of the biggest names in music pass through its doors over the years, with the likes of David Bowie, Adele, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Paul Weller and many others recording some of their biggest hits at the iconic studio.

Having been closed for refurbishments during the pandemic, Dean St. Studios is now reopening with a major upgrade to Studio 1, its flagship room. The Dolby Atmos install features PMC’s IB2S XBD-A active monitors covering left and right main channels, an IB2S-A monitor for the centre channel, 10 discrete Wafer2 loudspeakers for surround and height channels and four sub2 subwoofers. The set up is an identical replica of the PMC system originally designed for Universal Music and installed two years ago at Capitol Studio’s in Los Angeles. 

Due to its near limitless headroom and sonic fidelity, the PMC system goes beyond Dolby’s minimum requirements, making it the reference for Dolby Atmos music mixing.

Lee commented: “I have grown up in the music industry and have seen a lot of advances and change over the years, but nothing excites me more than Dolby Atmos Music. This is a game changer for artists in terms of how they can create their music and engage with fans. I have listened to tracks in our new Dolby Atmos mix studio and my mind is just blown by it. This is music like you’ve never heard it before. We have a proud history of working with some of the world’s most successful artists and we can’t wait to offer them this new more immersive format which I’m sure will unleash a whole new creative journey for them.”

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Javier Foncillas, VP commercial Partnerships Dolby Europen added: “Dean St. Studios has an incredible track history of working with scores of award-winning artists to record their ground-breaking music between its four walls. We’re thrilled that the iconic studio has created a dedicated space for mixing in Dolby Atmos and are excited to see the immersive creative output from those that walk through its famed doors in the future.”

Chris Allen, business development manager at PMC, added: “We are delighted to be bringing this statement Dolby Atmos system into the UK for the first time and could not be more pleased to be spear-heading it alongside a facility with so much heritage and positive reputation as Dean Street Studios. PMC’s flagship Dolby Atmos install has become the reference for many Dolby Atmos Music studios, and although Dean Street’s room is relatively small, we were able to work with Dolby to design an effective system that meets and exceeds Dolby Atmos specifications. The result is incredibly pleasing and the system respectfully, and easily, reproduces all genres of music consistently at all levels.”

Jan Stan Kybert, technical and creative director at Dean St. Studios, said: “The PMC system is an integral piece of the Dolby Atmos puzzle and has been very user friendly from the moment we switched it on. The Dolby Atmos journey provides a lot of creative and technical opportunities and PMC made some bold promises, which they delivered on. It is early days, but I could not be happier with the sound and the support we have received from the team at PMC.”