Maxine Gutierrez, head of audio and mixing engineer for MJ agrees. “As a mixer, I work to support both the stage, and to help tell the story with sound,” she states. “En-Snap presents aural settings from intimate book to stadium resound, enhancing each scene on-stage to not only re-create moments in Michael Jackson’s life, but also extend that energy and emotion to the audience. As we collaborated on the balance of the mix for each scene and song, we really created our storytelling arc through sound. The Gareth Owen team invested into the details, allowing the mix to tell this story with dynamic ease. With d&b Soundscape and En-Snap, the team has honed-in a design that truly elevates the experience of MJ: the Musical.”
“I always use d&b loudspeakers for productions,” concludes Owen. “Every time we use Soundscape, we find a new way of extracting something else, something that we didn’t manage to achieve before, something that’s a little bit better, that’s a little bit cooler. It’s very exciting. We look at every show and see what we need. If you look at say, Come from Away Broadway, that's a point source system with no surround because that is what I feel like the show required – we try to modify to suit if you will. The MJ rig on the other hand is heavy duty – big line arrays above the stage, an extensive surround system, and a lot of low-end.”
TheaterMania put it best, “During some of the most exciting production numbers, like "Thriller" and "Smooth Criminal," we can feel the music in our chests thanks to Gareth Owen's muscular sound design. This is as close as you can get to a Michael Jackson concert in a Broadway house.”
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