Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney and Hoxa Studio’s Jimmy Hogarth (pictured right) have recently purchased Unity Audio gear.
For his private studio, McDaid installed a pair of the new Unity Audio Super Rock near-field monitors (pictured below), which include a sealed cabinet design for fast transient response and low frequency reproduction, as well as 8″ woofer and a larger folded ribbon tweeter from Mundorf.
McDaid, who has writing and producing collaborations with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Rudimental and Biffy Clyro, says: “The Super Rocks are simply in a league of their own. The first time I heard them I was shocked at their depth and clarity, especially given their size. Unbelievable response at all volume levels. I can use them for hours on end and not get tired.”
Meanwhile, Carney invested in two Lisson Grove AR-1 tube compressors (pictured below), which are vintage style and based on the classic Altec compressor that was used intensively in the 1960s by Abbey Road and Motown.
“I first heard the Lisson Grove AR-1 at my buddy Gus Seyffert’s studio. Gus and I worked on a session at his place and I was really impressed with the sound of the unit on a variety of things. I think they really shine on bass, electric and acoustic guitar. It was recommended to me to buy two units so I could use them across my mix bus and I am glad I listened because although a little goes a long way on the mix bus it really sounds amazing.”
For Hogarth, a a pair of Unity Audio B.A.B.E’s (Boulder Active Bass Extender) were added to his existing Unity Audio Boulder MKII three way active mid-fields, transforming them into a fully fledged 4 way main monitoring system for his north London Hoxa Studio.
The B.A.B.E sealed cabinet design is employed with a heavy duty 12” woofer with a 5” voice coil complete with dedicated external rack mounting 750W Class D amplifiers.
Hogarth has worked with artists from Duffy, Paolo Nutini, James Blunt, Sia, Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner to James Morrison, KT Tunstall and Corinne Bailey, and has his own label and publishing companies, Kid Gloves, both of which are partnered with Universal.
On the B.A.B.E’s, he says: “They are non-fatiguing, deliver fantastic low-end extension with lots of detail and clarity from the dual concentric MF and HF driver and are very engaging. The Babes compliment the Boulders excellently. Much more than just subs, they extend the headroom as well as low frequencies.”
On Hogarth’s purchase, Unity Audio MD Kevin Walker comments: “We are delighted someone with such a high caliber of success as Jimmy has chosen our monitors, especially after going up against some high ticket competitors.”