Lawrence Manchester Relies on JBL Studio Monitors to Deliver The Music Mix for
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

NORTHRIDGE, California – Needing an ideal studio monitor setup for the 5.1 Surround music mix of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, GRAMMY-nominated engineer Lawrence Manchester relies on JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors. From the famed 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, Manchester delivers pristine audio mixes to an average of 1.8 million viewers every weeknight.

Working with one of the world’s most accomplished house bands, The Roots, as well as three to five musical guests per week, Manchester is charged with ensuring that Late Night’s music sounds perfect to viewers around the world. “My challenge is making sure the final mix of each night’s performances translates well to those who tune in with 5.1 sound on their HDTV, as well as those watching on their laptops off the Internet,” said Manchester, who was nominated in 2010 for the GRAMMY for Best Engineered, Non-Classical Album which featured his work on Leslie Mendelson’s Swan Feathers (Rykodisc). “For the high-end, 5.1 audio, I use five LSR6328P monitors and an LSR6312SP subwoofer.”

Prior to Late Night’s launch, Manchester worked with the Roots to make sure the band’s full, energetic sound would adapt seamlessly to television by employing an array of techniques he’d acquired during his experiences in the studio, on remote trucks, and while mixing film scores for movies. “When I’m mixing live music for TV, my goal is to give at-home viewers the same experience as the live studio audience,” Manchester said. “Bringing the JBL LSR’s in for this show was my decision,” continued Manchester. “I’ve been using them for several years; ever since mixing [feature film] Across the Universe. They have become my standard monitors for all of my surround work and I feel this is the best-integrated system for 5.1 mixing.”

Manchester says host Jimmy Fallon takes pride in the musical elements of his show. “Jimmy’s a big advocate of music and is keen to try new things,” Manchester said. “I’m more than happy to do whatever I can- to accommodate--I never say no! Jimmy also encourages the guest musicians to be as comfortable with their performances as possible, so they’ll often come into my mix room after the show is done taping to listen back.”

Manchester continued, “The Roots’ intricate sound combined with the industry’s growing focus on delivering quality 5.1 audio over HDTV, demand that I have a well-integrated monitor system at hand. Surrounding myself with the JBL LSR’s helps me ensure that all my work is ready for broadcast.”

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