Biggleswade-based PMC proud to celebrate 30th anniversary

A Biggleswade-based sound engineering company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of its ‘Best of British’ loudspeaker design.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 11:30 am

PMC was established in 1991 by Peter Thomas, then a BBC engineer, and FWO Bauch engineer Adrian Loader, in response to requirements from the BBC for a monitor speaker that could handle the high sound levels required for pop and rock monitoring, but with ultra-high resolution.

The pair created their first loudspeaker, the ‘Big Box’, in Peter’s garage and accompanying electronics in Adrian’s garage. Once refined and renamed the BB5, it was installed into the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios and so started the pair’s journey of discovery.

Peter said: “When I started the company with Adrian, I had no idea our audio knowledge and passion for music would one day end up with our small company designing and building universally-respected loudspeakers for audiophiles and for some of the biggest artists, producers and audio facilities in the world.”

Peter with PMC’s QB1 XBD - its latest studio speaker - at Tape London. In the 30 years, PMC’s workforce has gone from two to 60 around the world, including in LA.

Shortly after the introduction of the BB5 and formation of PMC, Peter and Adrian launched their first domestic loudspeaker, the LB1, and it is this bringing together of the professional and domestic audio worlds that Peter and Adrian say makes PMC “the speaker of choice of discerning professionals, audiophiles and music lovers”.

In recent years, PMC has been leading the field in the burgeoning immersive audio market by partnering with Dolby. This has resulted in its loudspeakers being installed in Dolby Atmos music mixing rooms around the world and becoming the reference for Atmos music mixing.

PMC has also engineered Atmos mixers for artists such as Miles Davis and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and built its own Atmos enabled mix facilities in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.

Its speakers were chosen by the Rolling Stones for the Atmos presentation at the band’s ‘Unzipped’ exhibition.

Peter said: “Celebrating a 30th anniversary is a major milestone and we know that we couldn’t have done any of this without the help of our staff and customers. We would like to say a massive and heartfelt thank you.”