Academia, the North London based music technology education supplier has installed Eve Audio SC407's into the music department of Northampton University.
University of Northampton's
Popular Music degree has a new subject leader in Gordon Okafor-Ross and he has spent the past six months updating the
department's facilities to ensure that the new course will produce 360° musicians capable of performing, recording and
criticising their own work.
Over the past month he and his students have been test-driving monitor speakers, which they finally narrowed down to a straight shootout between Eve SC407, Adam S3H-X and Focal Twin 6.
"After rotating the universal mid/tweeter plate 90 degrees from horizontal to vertical the Eve SC407 monitors really came together in our control room. The bass is tight, the mids are clear and the top end is very detailed. The EVEs feel very forensic and mixes developed on them sound great on other systems. In a university environment, unlike a commercial studio, you must be prepared for students to make mistakes and the classic is switching on phantom power with a microphone channel open. I was really worried about the costs of regularly replacing fragile AMT drivers, however the EVEs have a DSP protection circuit built into the input stage rather than limiting the amplifiers on other types of loudspeaker, they also helpfully flash to warn when you are close to overloading the speakers, which makes my heart beat a little more comfortably when handing the studio over to unsupervised students. Couple this with the bass extension and the uncompromising sound quality and we've found our perfect midfield monitors."