The forthcoming new album from Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork, was recorded and mixed on Unity Audio Rock and Boulder active monitors.
The Rock is a two-way active monitor with a 7” woofer and 50kHz folded ribbon tweeter. The three-way Boulder uses 2 x 7” woofers and a unique mid and tweeter coaxial driver to eliminate phase issues. Both models offer a sealed cabinet design to reproduce tight, fast and accurate bass frequencies, and are powered by a custom discrete Class A/B amplifier design by Tim de Paravicini from E.A.R ( Esoteric Audio Research ).
Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) front man Josh Homme said: "The Unity Audio Rock Studio Monitors have been a fantastic addition to Pink Duck Studios (Homme's own recording facility). The imaging is fantastic. They have a bottom end that belies their size and a smooth modern top. The result is true detail with a wide depth of field and I don't get any surprises when I take mixes out of the studio. Hell, mixes sounds the same at home and in the car, just like they did in the studio on the Rocks. That kind of consistency and accuracy is all I care about.
"As for the Boulders...they're the exact speaker I needed. The power and the punch of a large studio main, stuffed in cabinets the size of the modern, real world recording studio; that big bottom end you'd expect, but not at the expense of precious midrange. Accurate details abound."
Formed in 1997, QOTSA have produced five landmark albums to date, including Songs For The Deaf, which featured Foo Fighters vocalist and guitarist Dave Grohl on drums. The new album marks Grohl's return to the line-up, along with Mark Lanegan from the earlier Rated R album, and former bassist Nick Oliveri. The album also features Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails.
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