Stroud, U.K. (December 17, 2015)—Drummer, producer, arranger and composer Omar Hakim has installed a pair of ATC SCM50ASL Pro three-way active monitors at his home studio, The OH-Zone, following a tour of the manufacturer’s facilities in England.
“I didn’t become aware of ATC until I began working with Kate Bush,” says Hakim, who joined the singer for a 22-show run at London’s Eventim Apollo theater in late 2014. “Her engineer was the great producer/engineer Greg Walsh, who set up a control room space at the rehearsal location during pre-production for the London shows. That’s where I heard ATCs for the first time—SCM100ASL Pros, I believe. I was immediately blown away with what I was hearing. That was the first time that I had ever heard a speaker reproduce audio like that.”
When upgrading the main monitoring at The OH-Zone, he says, “I was thinking of getting SCM25A Pros, until I heard the SCM50ASL Pros at the ATC factory, having had the pleasure of getting a factory tour and sitting with managing director Billy Woodman to audition several ATC models. I decided to go with the SCM50ASL Pros because I could hear the difference in the low-end response. I also knew that for my purpose of tracking live drums and small rhythm sections, they were the right choice for me. To finally be able to monitor music with this level of accuracy and detail is an incredible experience for me. The SCM50ASL Pros are definitely taking my work to the next level.”
Hakim recorded drums for the Grammy Award-winning Random Access Memories album by Daft Punk and recorded, mixed and produced his third critically-acclaimed solo album, We Are One, at The OH-Zone. The Trio of OZ, the band he formed with wife Rachel Z, is currently working on its second album for release on his OZmosis Media Group label in 2016.