The HRmk2 design team tapped the expertise of both Mackie and EAW engineers to improve upon the characteristics that helped seal the classic HR monitor’s solid reputation—such as its ability to handle low frequencies very well, its detailed high-frequency output and its broad stereo imaging—as well as develop higher performance standards for the new generation of monitors. And thanks to this collaboration, we have developed our best-sounding, most accurate, studio monitor ever.
As a partner brand of EAW, Mackie product developers have the unique opportunity to readily avail of not only a variety of human resources, but unique tools and facilities as well. Using their access to a variety of world-class test facilities, as well as an anechoic chamber, the team could accurately measure and test performance during the development, design and manufacturing process.
Alongside traditional techniques used in the voicing process, one of the most valuable tools available to Mackie was FChart—sophisticated proprietary software created by EAW’s research and development engineer David Gunness. FChart models all elements of a speaker, including 3D polars. By simulating placement of a microphone to obtain polar information, the team could see objective data verifying—or challenging—their assessment of the monitor’s performance both on and off axis. FChart also allowed the team to model filter changes in the amplifier. Filter settings could be made within the software and applied to the model, enabling the team to see the exact effect on the frequency response. This made the entire process of tuning the HRmk2 amplifiers ultra-efficient, and ultra-precise.
The data acquired from the use of FChart and other tools was crucial in enabling the team to come up with an optimum design for the HRmk2 Series. But ultimately, it was a combination of these premium tools—and multiple sets of premium ears—that resulted in the uncompromising performance of our HRmk2 monitors.