Mean Girls hit movie musical mixed on PMC monitors

posted on Wednesday, 3rd April 2024 by Steve May

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PMC loudspeakers have taken centre stage in the production of another major movie, with engineer Hanan Rubinstein having recently completed the music for Paramount’s box office hit Mean Girls movie, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, using its monitors.

Rubinstein’s studio, Daxxit Sound Studios, based in New Jersey, is built around a pair of PMC8-2 XBD monitors that were used to mix the movie’s 18 songs.

“These monitors are absolutely vital to my workflow because they allow me to work quickly and with total confidence,” says sound engineer and producer Hanan Rubinstein, who set up Daxxit Sound Studios in 2019 with his business partner, Ben Hyman. “We have so many projects coming through the studio that we have to be fast – but we can’t sacrifice quality. The PMC monitors take all the guesswork out of recording and mixing. With my PMC8-2 XBD, I am able to be fearless in my use of outboard processing because I know that what I commit to will always sound exactly how I heard it.”

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Rubinstein’s own background in the music industry encompasses a spell as a solo artist, playing guitar for Alicia Keys and working on studio and live projects with a bevy of industry leading artists including Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Sara Bareilles, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Ellie Goulding, Lenny Kravitz, Nick Jonas, Pharrell Williams and many more.

His interest in engineering and producing developed early and after a spell at Unique recording studios in Manhattan and a number of years freelancing at other studios, he decided to set up his own room and has never looked back.

“One of the main reasons I love working at Daxitt is the PMC monitors. I have used other monitors in the past, but often I would have issues with how the sound translated to other places outside of my control room. There’s no worse feeling than thinking your mix is amazing, only to hear it fall apart in your car. With PMC, that is no longer a problem. Even mastering engineers noticed a difference in my work when I upgraded. I was initially going to buy the PMC6-2s, but I went for PMC8-2 XBD because I wanted more low end so that I could satisfy certain clients who like to feel the bass in their chest. It was a leap of faith because I bought them without listening to them (which is insane, I know). I just figured that if I loved the PMC6-2s as much as I did, their big brother was bound to sound just as good, if not better. For me, it’s all about the detail. Yes, the low end thunders and there’s a lot of air moving across the spectrum, but I absolutely get the clarity I need, and that’s everything.”

Despite collaborating with many famous artists, Rubinstein says that the Mean Girls project was a highlight of his career because he was once again able to work closely with composer Jeff Richmond who wrote the music.

As the lead music producer, Rubinstein helped shape Richmond’s music by fortifying his compositions on a sonic level and taking more of a pop approach to the Broadway originals. Rubinstein adds that some bold moves were taken with the production. “At the back of my head I was constantly aware that many people love Jeff’s Broadway cast album and might chew me out for changing tempos and instruments,” he laughs. “Overall, the comments have been incredibly positive, which is gratifying. I think you have to approach projects like this with integrity and see what you can bring to the table.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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