After a near-three-decade search, Metropolis Mastering engineer Miles Showell (pictured) has found a near-field monitor that satisfies his requirements: The Rock from Unity Audio.
A pair of the monitors are now part of the set-up in the Metropolis room occupied by Showell, whose extensive credits include Doves, Luciano Pavarotti, Jessie J, Portishead, Moloko, Bat For Lashes, Primal Scream and Sting.
“I don’t usually use near-fields; in 27 years I’ve not found one that I’m comfortable with for long periods of time,” said Showell. “We’ve all tried many near-fields over the years at Metropolis and never found one that we’d want to use until I auditioned The Rocks. These are offering something different, we instantly understood them, and equally important, so do our clients. Everyone that has come to master here loves The Rocks, from producers, to artists and even record company A&R, they’re all impressed by the amount of bass a small cabinet can produce and the level of detail.
“The Rocks complement our existing main monitors beautifully; they’re detailed, have outstanding bass, excellent stereo imaging, [are] pleasant to listen to and sound good. How detailed are they? Detailed enough to hear differences in word clock sources!”
Technology development manager Crispin Murray added: “We’ve also been using them during the Channel 4 series On Track, which features live direct-to-vinyl recording, and now that we’ve found an active near-field monitor that everyone likes we’ll be standardising all six of our mastering rooms with The Rocks very soon.”