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Monitor Moves Inspire The BossHoss

When the BossHoss reinvents pop hits into country-flavored tracks, it often reinvents its recording methods in the process.

When the BossHoss reinvents pop hits into country-flavored tracks, it often reinvents its recording methods in the process.
BossHoss guitarist, songwriter and producer Sascha Vollmer

Berlin, Germany (December 9, 2020)—Berlin-based seven-piece country-trash-punk-rockers The BossHoss have upgraded their studio with a Genelec 8341 monitoring system in preparation for recording their eleventh full-length release.

The band, known for its unique country-and-western-flavored interpretations of pop hits, previously used Genelec monitors in hired studios and its own editing bay. Heading into recording sessions for a slated 2021 release, the band turned to German audio supplier SMM for equipment advice.

“When working on a new album, we always like to try out new equipment to drive creativity,” explains BossHoss guitarist, songwriter and producer Sascha Vollmer. “A friend of mine from SMM recommended I give Genelec a try, and sure enough, when I was introduced to the 8341s, I was instantly hooked.”

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The band is now using a stereo pair of 8341s. “Since we have installed the 8341s, we don’t use our midfield speakers anymore,” Vollmer explains. “The stereo image is second to none—really precise, accurate and exactly what we needed.”

Vollmer gravitated to the GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software and the ability to auto-calibrate the 8341 setup to suit the band’s ever-changing recording environment. “Having the freedom to adapt with the GLM application was ideal for us as we are often having to change furniture as well as instruments hanging on the walls,” he says. “GLM gave us flexibility as well as quick and easy configuration if we wanted to switch rooms.”

The monitors have helped the act’s creative process as well: “Sometimes when we’re listening back to each song, we realize that we have to add extra elements. We probably wouldn’t have picked up on that type of detail with any previous monitor. That’s why we want to continue to use Genelec for future recordings and mixing sessions—we don’t want to miss anything else.”

He adds, “Just recently, I had a long car ride and listened through our last three to four albums. The new album was mixed with the Genelec system, and I realized that’s the mix I’m most proud of—it just translated so perfectly. Genelec has become an essential part of our studio.”

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