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Flying Lotus Lands on Ocean Way Monitors

Steven Ellison, known as Flying Lotus and sometimes FlyLo, has outfitted his Los Angeles studio with Ocean Way Audio's HR3.5 monitor system.

Flying Lotus (left) in his studio with Allen Sides and his Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 monitors.
Flying Lotus (left) in his studio with Allen Sides and his Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 monitors. Colin Liebich

Los Angeles, CA (July 16, 2020)—Steven Ellison, known professionally as Flying Lotus and sometimes FlyLo, has outfitted his Los Angeles studio with Ocean Way Audio’s HR3.5 monitor system, including dual S18A powered 18-inch subwoofer cabinets, and tuned them by speaker designer Allen Sides.

“I love the system,” FlyLo noted. “The bass is crazy. It has a lot of potential to be crazier, but I actually had to tone it down just because it can be a little overwhelming if you want it to be. I just want that sweet spot where it’s intense enough but won’t destroy the whole house.”

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Rich Avrach, director of business development at Westlake Pro, supervised FlyLo’s new studio project, working with Steve and Yanchar Designs on the studio design. “We recommended the Ocean Way speakers because we thought they have terrific clarity, punch and low end. I also thought they would fit the studio well by making a statement with their size, but not be over large for the space,” he said.

“For me, the test of a good monitor system is how it sounds on other speakers,” said FlyLo. “The first place I go is out to the car and take a little ride. These monitors sound great in my studio and when I finished a song, I listened in my car and it was perfect. Now I know what I’m hearing in the studio is what I’m going to get wherever it is played. That’s always the most important thing — before how big everything sounds, or how clean it is. Translation comes first for me and with Ocean Way, the translation is perfect. Everything else is just icing on the cake.”

FlyLo is a  successful record producer, as well as musician, DJ, filmmaker and rapper. He has released six studio albums to critical acclaim, and has also produced much of the interstitial music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. For his studio, he explains, “Everything goes into my Grace M905 monitor controller, and I use a Universal Audio Apollo 16-channel sound card, Mac computers and a lot of synthesizers.”

FlyLo’s studio monitoring systems include Ocean Way Audio Ultravoice amplifiers and voicing modules. Sommer Cable is used both internally for the cabinets and also from the amps to the cabinets; respectively, Elephant Robust SPM440 cable and SC-Twincord cable.

Ocean Way Audio • www.oceanwayaudio.com

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