- Steve Shurtz
Meyer Sound Cinema Specialist
Compact Subwoofer Provides Ideally Matched LFE Performance in Smaller Film Sound Studios
Meyer Sound has announced the introduction of the Amie-Sub compact cinema subwoofer, a self-powered unit specifically designed as the ideal complement for the Amie Precision Studio Monitor. Amie-Sub gives sound designers and sound editors working in smaller studios absolute confidence that their LFE content will translate accurately and seamlessly into the final mix as well as into commercial exhibition and home theatre distribution.
"For both artistic reasons and efficiency of workflow, it is critical that the early stages of film audio creation be monitored with precise accuracy so they will translate smoothly into the final mix," says Meyer Sound Cinema Specialist Steve Shurtz. "The new Amie-Sub ensures that resulting LFE content will be ideally balanced, conform to all applicable SMPTE specifications, and allow trouble-free extension into bass management techniques for surround formats."
The Amie-Sub provides high power output and excellent transient reproduction, with ample headroom for very low distortion and a frequency range extending from 125 Hz to 25 Hz. Amplitude and phase response are exceptionally flat, resulting in accurate tonality of both effects and music content. The compact cabinet has an angled corner for connections, allowing placement flat against the wall in smaller production studios. An optional bracket enables mounting Amie-Sub from a ceiling. A complete 7.1 system can be powered from a single electrical outlet using the PowerCON AC loop output on both the Amie-Sub and Amie loudspeakers.
Amie-Sub has been optimized for pairing with the Amie Precision Studio Monitor, but it also works well with the larger Acheron Designer screen channel loudspeakers as well as with the HMS series of surround loudspeakers.
With the addition of Amie-Sub, the newly complete Amie system provides a definitive monitoring solution for small- to mid-sized film sound studios, such as those employed for initial sound design or for editing of dialog, music or effects. Unlike small, general purpose studio monitors, Amie was designed in consultation with film sound professionals specifically for the unique challenges of small studio environments, usually with only one operator. The flat response, high headroom reserves, and precise high frequency dispersion characteristics of an Amie system assure results in tracks and pre-mixes that will require little or no re-balancing or equalization in the final mix.
The new Amie-Sub brings the same benefits to private cinema installations, allowing the home film enthusiast to hear the soundtrack exactly as intended by its creators.
The Amie-Sub cabinet incorporates a 15" long-excursion driver and a convection-cooled amplifier in an optimally tuned, vented cabinet. On-board processing includes driver protection circuitry, low-pass filtering, and correction filters for phase and frequency response. The PowerCON AC input connector has a loop output for Amie loudspeakers. The standard audio input is XLR-F with an XLR-M loop output.