The Media Room
This was probably our favorite room in the house. The film
room contained a home theater system with a DVD player, VCR (remember those?), and
amplifier/ preamplifier. It is a killer stereo system and can reproduce
theater level soundtracks, but of a much higher quality. The visuals
from a notebook-sized projector. In addition to tapes and DVDs, the projector was also
linked to our cable system. We could also produce
music in this room; it contained a 24-track recorder which allowed Tracy
to create multiple music tracks, mix them, and burn her own audio CDs.
The room was been treated to tame acoustic reflections, and it sounds
great for movies, stereo and multiple channel music, as well as
recording--a truly multipurpose room! The sound system featured Dolby
and DTS 6.1 sound, and also played SACD and DVD-Audio discs. The
picture to the left shows the front end of the theater room, with its 120-inch
screen flanked by 2 floor-standing speakers. The rug is Iranian, and the
room is decorated with Indonesian pillows. The walls are lined with
(again, from Barefoot
Gallery in Colombo Sri Lanka) which also serve to hide some of the
acoustic panels. The picture to the right shows
the rear of the film room. At the left is the subwoofer which provides
the bass for movies and soundtracks, and next to it is the rack
containing the stereo/home
theater components. In addition to the color provided by the textiles,
the window treatments also added welcome color; the photo to the lower left
shows the lime green Roman blinds covering the main window/ balcony.
The photo at the lower right shows the projector and the orange Sri
Lankan hanging. Although dark as pitch for movie viewing, the
room itself was bright and airy when the blinds are up. The room was a
riot of color!
|5 Channel Amp
Rotel 1085 THX
|2 Mono Blocks
|24 Track Recorder
Tracy: Live in Choa Chu Kang!
Finally, almost 2 years after purchasing
the digital 24-track recorder, we got around to using it.
Thanks to the room treatment, the film room easily doubled as a first-rate
recording studio. One wet March afternoon Dale got his next lesson in
sound engineering from Paul Koebnick, who handles all the theater and
audio equipment at the Singapore American School, and who was our
resident recording guru. Paul took us through the steps of how to
record the original tracks, add harmony and reverb, and then mix them
down to a stereo CD. The final result? A "live" Tracy CD with 7 tracks...no, never "marketed"!
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