Soundville Studios, Lucerne, Switzerland. The passionate studio owner and
main engineer asked for the evaluation of the
JMF Audio power amplification technology for the control room in 1988 (the isolated room in which the
and the producer evaluate the technical choices and monitor the overall sound result). A never experienced natural sound
filled the room! Tom Hidley, the American designer of the studio, was advised to
come and listen. It was the JMF Audio's breakthrough...
Nashville, USA, the music city, 1989. The greatest studio complex, designed
by Tom Hidley, was the place where critical
measurements and sound evaluations of the purpose designed JMF Audio mono amplifiers had to take
with the installed and trusted Swiss made mono blocks were carried on by the highly focused engineers... After one day
and one night of evaluations, the engineers declared that Jean Marie Fusilier's
creation was absolutely more faithful... The studios owner and Grammy Awards winner instantly acquired several power amplifiers. The reputation
of the studios had
to be preserved.
Starting from the results in
Nashville, Tom Hidley has advised JMF Audio's power amplifiers which ideally complemented his unique approach to simple path, neutral and
faithful sound monitoring:
Mix Room, USA, with the JMF Audio designed power amplifiers was awarded best
control room of the USA in 1998 by professional magazine Mix. Many hits were produced at Masterfonics, including Shania
Nomis, London, England (mono block power amplifiers)
Mosfilm, Moscow, Russia (mono block power amplifiers)
Capri Digital, Italy (mono block power amplifiers)
Plateforme, Bézier, France (mono block power amplifiers)
Polygone, Toulouse, France (mono block power amplifiers)
Music Palace, New York, USA (multi
platinum record producer and owner, in replacement of
famed Swiss mono blocks)
... and many more studios and listening rooms in the 90's and
00's, mostly in France, the USA and Asia.
JMF Audio has continued
to cooperate with the leaders. Other jewels of sound complemented the offering for
the professionals and the audiophiles who put music first.
Some recent references
Miscendo Studios, Paris, France 2015,
for the multi
platinum sound engineer and owner who formerly operated at Larabee Studios, Los Angeles, USA, and Studios de la Grande Armée,
Paris (the studio with the most prestigious pedigree in France), JMF Audio
mono power amplifiers, power cords, cables, custom monitors and took in
charge the integration...
Lindberg Lyd (2L), Norway, 2016
(classical music and jazz). With 28 nominations (to date) for the Grammy Awards
with respect to the excellence of his work, the producer and owner Morten
Lindberg integrated JMF Audio's PCD302 mains conditioner and power cords
to supply the recording equipment in the pursuit of the most natural
sounding albums. 2L was pioneer for Blu-ray Pure Audio discs production
(new high definition audio-only format). Jan Gunnar Hoff, Stories (piano solo
jazz recorded in a church) was the first Blu-ray Pure Audio album ever
recorded using JMF Audio's technology. This time the contribution of JMF
Audio on the sound was direct and engraved on the disc, for the enjoyment
of all music lovers on all systems (hybrid SACD also included). Many new
audiophile reference recordings are to be expected from 2L...
MSM Studios of Germany, pioneers and developer of the Blu-ray Pure Audio standard
(patent and publication at the Audio Engineering Society), partner with JMF Audio.
Sono Luminus, USA, the recording studio created by the founders of Cisco Systems (top supplier of computer networking tools) also
produce Pure Audio Blu-ray discs. Their in-house producer and sound engineer were nominated
for the Gammys many times and won several Awards.
AREA Entertainment, Germany, is co-founder of the Pure Audio Recordings label and
also supports JMF Audio.
The History of the make, of a know-how
The JMF Audio power amplifiers (30th anniversary)
Interview of Tom Hidley, 1986
More about the book Recording Studio Design, Philip Newell
Read more about the Blu-ray Pure Audio community
anniversary of the power amplifiers' technology recognition
Tom Hidley was a musician, sound engineer and
co-founded the legendary Westlake Audio of Los Angeles. He has become the most influential and
respected recording studios designer in the world. Tom Hidley's studios
(TTG Hollywood, Westlake Recording, The Record Plant... to name only the eldest of
his hundreds of creations) have housed the most talented engineers,
producers and musicians for the creation of formidable international hits
(Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain...) and
numerous audiophiles references. From the beginning, famous names
such as Frank
Sinatra didn't hire Tom Hidley for the aesthetic of the products, but only
for the sound.
In Europe, the Castle of Hérouville, which
became composer Michel Magne's studio, may be the symbol of the pioneers' era, with enthusiastic Elton John about
Hidley's contribution during the sessions for "Don't shoot me, I am
only the piano player", as documented by journalist Frank Ernould. Most
major studios in France were later designed by the master (Studios de la Grande Armée, Davout, Les
Dames, Marcadet, Guillaume Tell, Polygone, Plateforme, AB, ...).
Tom Hidley left Westlake and in the early 80's
focused on studio
design with the development of a new non-environmental room acoustics
concept for faithful sound quality monitoring up to concert level sound pressures.
In 1988, he found in JMF Audio's amplifiers the natural sound and high
output power that perfectly matched the concept.
A rare interview was given to Sound
On Sound in 1986, not long before discovering JMF Audio.
Tom Hidley designed studios including JMF
Audio's power amplifiers such as Masterfonics (Nashville) and Nomis
(London) are used as examples and illustrations in Philip Newell's book
"Recording Studios Design".