6th June 2017
Boulder and B.A.B.E. in Moscow
Robin Axford has recently installed the Unity Audio Boulder/B.A.B.E main monitoring system into his Moscow based studio, which is the first Boulder/B.A.B.E system to be sold into Russia.
The B.A.B.E (Boulder Active Bass Extender) is a dedicated loudspeaker designed to transform the Unity Audio Boulder MKII 3-way near/midfield monitor with it's 2x 8” woofers and unique coaxial 5” mid range & 50kHz folded ribbon tweeter into a full 4-way super accurate system with higher SPL and extended low frequency performance; ideal for all applications such as tracking/mixing and critical mastering.
Being a modular system, several mounting options are available to provide maximum flexibility. Soffit mount or free-standing, either side-by-side, horizontally with B.A.B.E underneath, or as a tower with a dedicated optional stands. Due to the many configuration options the system makes an ideal two channel, L,C,R and surround sound system for all critical listening applications.
The B.A.B.E. retains the same sealed cabinet approach used throughout the Unity Audio range. This design approach provides faster, tighter and more accurate linear bass reproduction and results in less phase rotation, reduced time domain ringing, lower group delay and a shallower roll-off slope than inferior ported designs. These characteristics make The B.A.B.E. a natural choice for all critical music applications. The woofer is a single 12”/300mm driver with a huge 5”/130mm Hexatech external voice coil wound with a hexagonal-shaped aluminium coil wire (2-3 times thicker than standard woofers) for accurate music reproduction, superior durability and power handling. This driver delivers an extraordinary combination of audiophile musicality and high power handling.
A stereo Boulder/B.A.B.E system comprises of two B.A.B.E cabinets and two Boulders. For even higher SPL requirements four B.A.B.E cabinets can be employed bringing total system power to 3400 watts. Each cabinet has it's own rack mountable 750 watt class D amplifier. An external Unity Audio rack mount DSP speaker management system is used to seamlessly integrate the B.A.B.E to the Boulder with the added benefit of precision on-board gain, phase, Parametric EQ, limiters and user presets.
The B.A.B.E. adds a flexible modular approach enabling a fully 4-way Boulder system configured the way you want it, with breathtaking accuracy, performance and dynamic headroom.
Robin Axford started his career as a music producer working out of London’s Soho Studios where he was able to produce and develop projects with artists and labels including The Streets, Ministry of Sound, Tom Hickox, Kathy Brown, Universal, HedKandi, Mercury, Pixie Lott etc.
For the past 6 years Robin has been based in Moscow, Russia, where he is the only established British Music Producer. He regularly performs at clubs and events across Russia, remixes chart acts and even became the first British DJ and Producer to curate and present the first English speaking radio show broadcast throughout the whole of Russia on leading station, Love Radio. In the past 18 months, every cinema trailer issued by the Russian Cinema Fund has been additionally sound designed and mixed in 5.1 by Robin.
This year he opened his own studio #thewritingroom in Moscow’s coolest creative hub, Flacon Design Factory, and chose to base it around our flagship Boulder/BABE system. With the new system he continues to work closely with leading Russian & international artists, labels and content providers, as well as developing his new personal project SUBKNGDOM with UK artist, Ollie Finn.
“I had heard a lot of great things about the Boulder/BABE system but was blown away when I finally heard the system for the first time in the Moscow studio.
The depth and clarity in the mid-range is super-focused and each bass hit is like a thunderbolt - it’s so tight and accurate. After a couple of weeks of running them in, this clarity and depth has only improved.”
“What I love the most is that I can run them at really low volume and still hear all the benefits. They can also be crazy loud and, when they are, they’re crazy clean and sound effortless - great for the client “wow” factor!”
“I’ve found I have been able to work full sessions and not feel the slightest bit of fatigue like I used to from my previous monitors.”
“Most importantly, these speakers have made my job as a producer faster and better - my output is translating better and I can make quick, accurate decisions on them.”
“I have literally wasted years listening to and working on other speakers. These are speakers I can trust and I am so fortunate to be able to work on them every day. One very proud Unity Audio owner!”