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AEA Sessions: Mitski | AEA TRP2 Preamp Now Shipping

AEA Sessions

AEA Sessions: Mitski | AEA TRP2 Preamp Now Shipping

This installment of our AEA Sessions video series features highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mitski. Alone with her guitar and washed in a warm, orange glow, Mitski delivers dynamic performances that explore a range of texture and tone captured with a combination of the near-field N22 and stereo R88.

AEA Preamp

The AEA TRP2 is now shipping! The AEA TRP2 preamp provides two channels of high-output, high-impedance, and low-noise gain in a half-rack package with a rich and natural sound that brings out the full potential of your microphones.

Watch the video here.

Order yours today!

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York St John University upgrade to Audient ASP8024-HE

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York St John University upgrade to Audient ASP8024-HE

York St John University has upgraded to an Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition, adding analogue back into the mix after years of teaching on digital desks. “It was important for us to continue to have similar integration within the Audient Heritage, which is working well, as it supports more of the flavours of DAW that we support,” says Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Mastering Engineer and part-time Senior Lecturer.


“For us it’s about clean, robust mic preamps which now give us a slightly different character to our other pres” says Russ, explaining the benefits of the console. “The EQ is really important to the students, who use the multiple returns from the DAW as group busses much of the time on larger mix projects. The integration of the Heritage has allowed students to explore many different workflows with great results.

Hali Santamas (Technician), Andrew Farthing (Head Technician) and Russ Hepworth-Sawyer (Senior Lecturer) welcome the new addition with glee

“The rationale for us to get the Heritage was the integration with the DAWs, and also to permit a large number of mixes for headphones alongside that extremely solid sound.” A sound he had already had some experience of, it turns out. “I was fortunate enough to use one of the first ASP8024s in one of my early part-time teaching jobs some 20 years ago. The desk was a dream to teach on: clear and solid for teaching as well as a professional sound.”


Students at York St John University get to work with the new Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition

With the addition of the analogue aspect to the studio with the Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition, York St John University can ensure students have experience of the analogue workflow as well as being proficient in the digital domain. Russ is keen for York St John to build on its “growing reputation for teaching music production in a different and more ‘real life’ way.” He clarifies, “Students work with industry partners on live projects with real outcomes, work with real, live artists they find and write with, and work on their portfolio careers from an early point in the course.,

Lecturer Chris Johnson gives the first workshop

“Our courses have been running for a little over a decade now and Programme Director Ben Burrows has created a fresh approach to Music Production in higher education,” continues Russ. A comprehensive suite of Bachelors and Masters courses at the University make use of the console, including combined courses such as BA Music Production & Creative Business and BA Independent Music Production. Together with a high staff-to-student ratio, York St John University gets results. “Our students are resilient, focussed and business savvy. Many go into the wider area of music and media and are often self-starters.”

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Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris

Ryan Holding Source Audio Ventris

Source Audio – Is It Fender or Is It Ventris

60 Cycle Hum Asks: “Is It Fender or Is It Ventris?”

This past January at the NAMM Show we had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Ryan Burke from 60 Cycle Hum: The Guitar Podcast. Ryan quickly filled us in on his eternal quest for a reverb pedal that captures the elusive “drip” of a real Fender 6G15 outboard spring reverb tank. “I’m forever chasing that drippy dragon!”

A drippy spring reverb tone is THE sound for surf rock guitarists worldwide. Ryan, a true connoisseur of surf rock tones, is exactly the type of musician we aimed to convince with the Ventris Dual Reverb’s new Outboard Spring engine. He only had to play one note through the Outboard Spring to concluded, “They’ve freakin’ done it. It drips!!!” Click the video link below to hear 60 Cycle Hum’s side-by-side comparison of the Ventris and an actual Fender outboard spring tank. Can you tell which is which?

Fender Spring Reverb and the Ventris: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Make sure to keep an eye on the 60 Cycle Hum Youtube channel for the big reveal in this blind comparison. Also, if you want to hear the Outboard Spring engine in your own rig, it is available now with the Neuro Desktop Editor. It is a free download for Mac and Windows PCs. Check out our Neuro/Ventris blog for instructions on downloading the Outboard Spring to your Ventris.

The Ambience Maker

Chords Of Orion

After all this vintage spring reverb talk, how about we turn our attention to some ambient guitar? We were blown away by the new videos from our pal Bill Vencil (a.k.a. “Chords of Orion”). Bill’s Fripp/Eno inspired compositions are some of our favorite ambient recordings in the guitar world. If you are an explorer of sonic space, we urge you to check out the Chords of Orion demo of the Ventris Dual Reverb. Bill’s baritone guitar plugged into the Ventris with the TIME control turned way, way up is truly an inspiration. Enjoy…

Chords of Orion Demos the Ventris Dual Reverb

Bill is also one of the first guys to dive deep into the ambient possibilities of the Ventris Dual Reverb/Nemesis Delay combo. Make sure and check out his song, Anno Requiem – An Ambient Guitar Meditation. It features the Ventris, the Nemesis, a fuzz, a volume pedal, and a looper. It is a big, BIG sound.

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Barefoot – Manny Marroquin Masters of the Craft

Barefoot – Manny Marroquin Masters of the Craft

Multi-GRAMMY Winning Mix Engineer, Manny Marroquin has had his hands and ears on nearly 250 million records, 40 #1 hits and 100 Top 10 albums with artists that include; Eminem, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, SIA and The Rolling Stones to name a few. His vision and technical savvy combined with immense creative ability have made Manny a true master of his craft.

In Manny Marroquin’s Own Words

To become a master of your craft, you’ve got to be passionate about what you do. I think there’s a lot of people that get in this business for the wrong reason.

You’re work ethic has to be there to keep perfecting that craft.  You gotta make sure that, when you face adversity, you’re able to adapt to it.

I used to say, I can mix anything from Leon Rhymes to Busta Rhymes. I try to be a chameleon to whatever they are giving me. I’m just a fan of music, really.

I think it’s the best time to be a producer right now, and you can do everything in your basement, in your bedroom. You can have quality equipment that will get you from a) to b) and I think the tools today are better than ever.

In the art form of mixing, I feel it’s not only what comes out of the speakers at the end of the day, as the journey and how to get there, and we’re always looking for inspiration.

I think the key is, the studio monitor. Does that monitor inspire you? Whatever I drive in to it, i gotta be able to get influenced with what comes out.

And you have to be able to push it a certain way that, you know it’s limits, and you know what you can do with it.

Barefoot Sound. The very first time I heard about it, it was at a trade show, and I saw these monitors that looked different from everything else, and then I was at a studio in San Francisco, and this guy had them, and he was raving about them, and he played me a mix through ’em, and I just immediately fell in love with them because they were just powerful. They were punchy. They were musical. They were not too pretty, but yet not too raw. All the things that I look for in a monitor.

I can really, really turn them up, or, I can turn them way down when I’m writing vocals, when I’m doing intricate rides, I can really turn ’em down and hear everything, and that’s pretty special. There’s not a lot of monitors that you can do that with. – Manny Marroquin, Multi-GRAMMY Winning Mix Engineer

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Roland Announces the NEW TR-8S Rhythm Performer

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Roland Announces the NEW TR-8S Rhythm Performer

Design custom kits with authentic TR Drums, stereo samples, and powerful effects.
Create evolving performances with 128 patterns, variations, fills and motion recording.
Perfect your sound in the studio, and then drop it live onstage.

Introducing the TR-8S: Roland’s TR drum machines, evolved.


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BAE Audio Heating Up at Awave

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BAE Audio Heating Up at Awave

BAE are manufactures of high end microphone preamp/equalizers faithful to vintage designs of the seventies and before. With a penchant for high quality transformers like Carnhill (St lves) and Jensen, everything is as close to the vintage philosophy as possible. Not only that but we insist everything is hand-wired/soldered using discreet electronics and not economized on a circuit board.

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In the spotlight with Argosy



ARGOSY Artist Spotlight highlights customers from around the world, sharing how Argosy products inspire their creative space and improve their workflow.
In this month’s Artist Spotlight, we feature The Sound Box Audio Video Post in Dallas, TX and speak to sound engineer, Claudio Leiva. Claudio spoke with us about his career in sound design, the type of work he and the good people at The Sound Box do and, of course, his love of ARGOSY.

Argosy Halo K88


NEW! Introducing the” target=”_blank”>HALO.K88 – the most popular studio desk for keyboard centric studios is now available for larger 88 note keyboard controllers. Also available is our” target=”_blank”>HALO.K88E with Sit-Stand solution.
The new K88 workstation includes all of the standard features of our HALO.K model with dual 8 space rack bays, steel leg assemblies with floor levelers, cable management and aluminum extrusion accessory rail. Optional accessory items available including speaker mounts, utility shelves, monitor arms, accessory drawer, keyboard tray and CPU mount.

Argosy Spire Rack


Are you needing additional rack space?
Keep your equipment organized and safe with ARGOSY’s versatile and stylish Spire 7140 Series Rack Enclosures. Now available with Ultimate and Plus packages featuring all the bells and whistles with essential add-ons to help you get the most out of your rack.
Multiple accessory items available including solid and glass front door, shelf in single or pair, singly bay or double bay dolly, rack rail kits and blank panel covers.


Chris Tarry Music
Maplewood, NJ
Chris Tarry Music features the Dual 15L workstation. The Dual 15L features integrated rack modules and steel leg assemblies. Rack module options include 8 RU, 11 RU, 15 RU and 19 RU. Accessory options available are monitor arm, locking casters and Rack ‘N Roll.

Riffs & Beards
Spanaway, WA
Riffs & Beards showcases the Halo desk. The Halo features dual 8 RU rack bays, padded armrest and steel leg assemblies. Accessory items available include monitor arm, rack shelf, keyboard tray, accessory drawer, CPU shelf and IsoAcoustic speaker platform mounts.

Prime Cut Studios
Nashville, TN
Producer, Daniel Dennis, talks about his experiences working on the ARGOSY Dual 15 desk and what it has meant to his business, Prime Cut Studios, in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Major Canadian Educational Facility OIART Upgrades with Audient


Major Canadian Educational Facility OIART Upgrades with Audient

“The first thing that jumped out – and this was the cherry on top – was the tone.” 

Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) have just recently upgraded to two new ASP8024-HE’s for their Audio Production courses. Head of Curriculum Dean Nelson, Studio Tech Christoph Babin and the students have all been enjoying the new desks with Dean stating that the ASP8024-HE’s are “simple, intuitive and quite flexible.”

Find out more about the new consoles below…

After over 30 years of service, two ageing consoles at Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) were put out to pasture and replaced with two Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition desks. As part of the facilities’ upgrade, they were chosen not only because they supported the curriculum, but also because they came in at the desired price point.


Head of Audio Production curriculum, Dean Nelson was pleasantly surprised when he first heard the brand new British consoles. “The first thing that jumped out – and this was the cherry on top – was the tone. I’d read the specs, was aware of the Stereo Bus 990C Mix Amps with the switchable Retro Iron transformers and Dave Dearden’s design history, but hearing is believing.

OIART Head of Audio Production Dean Nelson & Studio Tech Christoph Babin

“The Heritages have a nice clarity and punch, but when you want you can drive the pre’s and it saturates quite nicely; the stereo bus has great headroom as well, it does not cave in. I love tone, but as an educator and learning institution, unfortunately, tone didn’t lead the list for requirements, it was form and function.” An added bonus then, on top of the specifications he knew were non-negotiable.


“The routing and signal flow is/was the most important for selection, and in that area it wasn’t as much of a surprise, but still excited at the ease of bring up a mic, to setting up parallel chains during a mix. The EQ section is very smooth, you can boost liberally and don’t get any weird phase issues or harshness,” he clarifies, describing the desks’ standout features. “One more thing: visually they have a sharp look,” he adds.


It’s been a term since the consoles’ arrival at OIART in Canadian London, and Dean is particularly pleased with the results of MidTerm exams, describing them as “very solid, above average from past years.” Could that have something to do with new consoles’ user interface? “I believe that the students picked up signal flow at an accelerated rate,” he admits. “The old desks had a few more attributes that made sense for when they were designed, but they caused signal flow to be more complicated than it needed to be for those just starting to learn. The Heritages reflect what’s needed for recording and mixing for today’s standards; they’re simple, intuitive and quite flexible.

Dean sees the OIART Music Production department as an umbrella, encompassing many different aspects. “I teach some basic music theory, classic music production (demo to mastering) the DNA of a song, building it up through the recording process, the tech side of engineering, mixing, ProTools & Ableton. This amalgamation of specialty areas reflects more of the current industry; you have to be a jack of all trades in the music making process,” he says.

With the Audient desks installed, they have just the equipment to support this as they embrace the future. Here’s to them providing a further 30 years’ service to match their predecessors!

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Hear Technologies – NEW Video Tutorials Hear Back PRO Advanced Features


Hear Technologies – NEW Video Tutorials Hear Back PRO Advanced Features

Initialize Mixer Desktop

Reset all volume levels to zero and pans to center.

Stereo Link Mode

Link a pair of channels for stereo and allows adjusting stereo placements and widths.


Group PRO Mixers for adjusting volume controls on multiple mixers.

Solo In Place

Solo a selected channel at same volume level as mix.

Preset Copy and Paste

Copy presets from one PRO Mixer to another.