Recording engineer, sound designer and mixer Dror Mohar is a fan of PMC professional monitors and now owns two PMC systems – one in his studio in Los Angeles and one that travels the world with him,
So when his travelling system recently went AWOL on a flight to the UK, Dror was left with a problem.
“I was just about to start mixing a film at Shepperton Film Studios and I really needed my loudspeakers,” he explains.
“You can take a lot of things away from me, but not them. As an engineer, knowing and trusting what you are listening to is vital because it leaves you free to create.”
Faced with a comedy of errors and the fact that his loudspeakers were unlikely to turn up any time soon, Dror reached out to PMC and asked for help.
This was immediately forthcoming and the following day, PMC’s Business Development Manager Phil Millross delivered a pair of PMC 6-2 monitors to Shepperton so that the project wasn’t delayed.
“PMC couldn’t have been more helpful,” Dror says. “I had the system in time for the first mix. Phil set them up and tuned them and they sounded amazing.”
The film Dror is working on is called Kandahar and stars Gerard Butler, Navid Negahban and Tom Rhys Harries.
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh and featuring music by David Buckley, it tells the story of a CIA operative who is fleeing Afghanistan with his local translator after uncovering a special forces covert mission.
Dror’s task is to handle sound design and mixing, and he is working from Shepperton because that’s where the sound team is based.
His list of credits includes films such as Django, Wolverine, Inglorious Bastards, The Revenant, The Greatest Showman and Deep Water Horizon, while on the music side he has worked with artists such as Bjork, Dr. Dre, Patti Smith and Gwen Stefani.
Dror adds that the PMC monitors he is using at Shepperton are already helping him, the director and sound supervisor make cutting room decision that are translating really well at the mix stge.
Dror is now planning to invest in a third pair of PMCs – this time for his studio in New York.