Grammy Award-winning mixer, producer and engineer Hugo Nicolson has announced the founding of Lisson Grove, a new boutique pro audio brand dedicated to recapturing the finest studio sounds of a previous era.
Right out of the gate, the company is underscoring this mission with the launch of its inaugural product, the R-124, a valve compressor based on the classic 1960s British studio units used extensively on all of the Beatles’ recordings.
Reverse engineering one of the highly-modified Altec 436 originals, the new R-124 differs from its “holy grail” predecessor by utilizing modern, reliable components.
According to Nicolson, “Although the original models sounded fantastic, they always had difficulty producing adequate low end.”
“By using new parts – especially modern, high-quality transformers – we’ve been able to faithfully preserve the compression characteristics of the vintage units while offering a much fuller bandwidth and bigger sound.”
“I love the Lisson Grove R-124,” said engineer Nigel Godrich. “It’s rare to find a new compressor that has the bounce and character of a classic vintage unit but also the reliability of a new one.”
“I have found it to be a very musical tool for mixing, but also a great creative tool when I’m after something more adventurous… the perfect thing to turn to for bringing life and edge to sounds. It cooks!”
Hand-built for quality, the R-124 is a versatile tool suited for tracking, mixing and mastering applications alike.