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Unity Audio B.A.B.E Arrives At Hoxa Studios

LONDON, OCTOBER 17, 2016 – When Jimmy Hogarth, producer and songwriter, was looking to maximize his current stock of Unity Audio monitors, he decided to add a pair of Boulder Active Bass Extenders (B.A.B.Es) to his existing Unity Audio Boulder MKII three-way active mid-field monitors. This addition transformed Hogarth’s current Boulder MKIIs into a full-fledged, four-way main monitoring system for his boutique studio, Hoxa HQ, situated in London’s vibrant West Hampstead. 

“I am thrilled to have added a pair Unity Audio B.A.B.Es to my arsenal of monitors,” says Hogarth. “The complete system is non-fatiguing and delivers fantastic low-end extension with loads of detail and clarity. The B.A.B.E is much more than just a sub, it extends the headroom as well as low frequencies. My new B.A.B.Es complement my Boulder MKIIs excellently.”

Unity Audio’s B.A.B.E system is a dedicated upgrade path for the Boulder MKII three-way model. Sold in pairs, the B.A.B.Es can be specified for extended low-frequency response and higher SPL. Each side of the Boulder MKIIs can be configured with one or two B.A.B.Es. The B.A.B.E sealed cabinet design employs a heavy-duty 12-inch woofer with a five-inch voice coil, complete with dedicated external rack mounted 750W Class D amplifiers. The versatile modular approach gives customers flexible mounting options, including vertical, horizontal and soffit wall mounting with remote amplifier options.

The B.A.B.E system at Hoxa is controlled with the Unity Audio BB-DSP four-input, eight-output 96kHz speaker management system, which comes pre-set with all the correct crossover types and settings between the Boulder and B.A.B.E. This allows for future expansion for multichannel surround formats. Custom Unity Audio speaker stands and DMSD isolator mounts were also installed.

The Boulder MKII is a critically acclaimed three-way near-field/midfield active monitor that features dual eight-inch SEAS woofers and a unique dual concentric ELAC five-inch mid-range and 50Khz folded ribbon tweeter. The sealed cabinet uses Baltic Birch plywood and a 30-mm Corian front baffle. Amplification is provided by four discrete bi-polar class A/Bs custom designed by amp guru Tim de Paravicini of Esoteric Audio Research.

“We are delighted that Jimmy Hogarth, someone with such a high caliber of success, has elected to use our monitors,” says Kevin Walker, managing director of Unity Audio. “With so many options in the industry, it is great to be chosen and employed in an exceptional facility.” 

Hogarth has worked with an array of successful artists, including Duffy, Paolo Nutini, James Blunt, Sia, Corinne Bailey Rae, Estelle, Amy Winehouse, James Morrison, KT Tunstall, Beverly Knight, Kristina Train, Suzanne Vega and Tina Turner. In addition, Hogarth owns his own label and publishing company, Kid Gloves. Both of these entities are partnered by Universal.

About Unity Audio

Founded in 2009, Unity Audio has since been at the leading edge of monitor design. Unity Audio takes a fresh approach to designing and manufacturing products, using different materials in innovative ways. The company, led by Kevin Walker, designs, builds and tests all of its products in the U.K. With audio industry greats, such as Stuart Hawkes, F Reid Shippen, and Steve Fitzmaurice, endorsing its products, Unity Audio works hard to incorporate new ideas on traditional designs, in order to produce the best active monitors for the industry.

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