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API 1608 Console at Center of Westlake Pro’s New Nashville Location

API 1608 Console at Center of Westlake Pro’s New Nashville Location

COTOBER 2018; JESSUP, MD: API is pleased to announce the installation of a 16 channel 1608 demo console at our longtime dealer Westlake Pro’s new Nashville location.

“API & Nashville go back many years to when Chet Atkins managed RCA Studio B,” says Westlake Pro’s Chad Evans. “That combination resulted in hundreds of hit records so it was a no-brainer to place an API 1608 console at the center of Westlake’s facility!”

Westlake Pro Nashville, which carries API’s full product line, celebrated its grand opening last month and, according to Chad Evans, the company’s new Nashville base has been a long time coming.

“Everyone at Westlake Pro is excited to open the doors of our cutting edge showroom to the Nashville market,” says Evans. “Westlake’s 50 year history of designing studios and selling equipment is exactly the kind of experience the professionals in Music City deserve.” 

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API Announces New 1608-II and 2448 Recording and Mixing Consoles

API Announces New 1608-II and 2448 Recording and Mixing Consoles

API Audio remains at the forefront of the analog console domain with their newest offering, the 1608-II and the 2448 recording consoles. Drawing on the heritage of their classic 2488 console, which dominated the LA recording world in the 1970s and 1980s, API Audio has brought out a worthy successor to the legend.

The API Audio 2448 is a fully analog console that injects a host of modern features into the rich history of API console design. All analog, all day long – this is a realm that API knows like no other. The console features a twin audio path design: 2 complete audio paths in every channel, for true ‘inline’ simultaneous analog tracking and monitoring.

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LIPA Further Invests in Audient at Sixth Form College

LIPA Further Invests in Audient at Sixth Form College

An Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition is now installed at the brand new recording studio in LIPA Sixth Form College. Sound technician, John Kershaw – a LIPA graduate himself, therefore fully conversant with Audient products – is very pleased at its arrival. “It is our hope that tech students from LIPA Sixth Form will graduate and gain a place at LIPA HE to study on the Sound Tech degree programme. Having already used the ASP8024-HE in college, they should feel right at home with LIPA’s studios housing two original ASP8024s,” he says.

“…ASP8024-HE provides students with the best of both worlds; analogue inputs and digital control”

David Dearden’s ASP8024 Heritage Edition

With a variety of courses on offer including Sound Technology and Music, the studio is already enjoying heavy footfall. “We take in around 15 Sound Technology students every academic year, who will spend most of their time between the recording studio, Mac lab and theatre. All our Music students will complete a recording module during their time here too,” he explains.

“We also have a couple of Audient iD4 audio interfaces dotted around the college. These little boxes are great for recording vocals, dialogue and for re-recording individual tracks on studio projects. They look and feel like the master section of an analogue desk,” continues John.

iD4: “These little boxes are great for recording vocals, dialogue and for re-recording individual tracks on studio projects.”

So, what is it about Audient products that makes them so effective in the classroom? John speaks of his experience as a student and technician: “At the time and now, what struck me the most with Audient’s designs was the simple and logical signal paths used in the desk architecture. This is obviously great for mixing engineers, but also makes it the best choice for teaching students.

Audient ASP880 – eight channel mic preamp

“When students can easily retrace their signal path from input to output, they will nearly always be able to pin-point and resolve any issues without having to ask for help.” A technique that clearly worked for John back in the day.

 

He runs through the current setup. “In our new studio, we are running an Audient ASP8024-HE desk with 12 input channels, DLC control and master section with an Audient ASP880patched in for expansion when needed.”

 

John Kershaw on Audient products: “great for mixing engineers, but also […] the best choice for teaching students.”

 

“Using an iMac running Logic and Pro Tools, the ASP8024-HE provides students with the best of both worlds, analogue inputs and digital control. Students are able to set up their sessions based on 2 preset projects:

  • 12in/12out for analogue tracking and mixing through the ASP8024-HE
  • 16in/2out, using the 12 inputs on the ASP8024-HE and utilising a further 4 from the ASP880, mixing within the DAW using the DLC control faders and monitoring back through the ASP8024-HE.
ASP8024-HE at LIPA Sixth Form College

“Both project mixdowns can be routed through the console’s master section to make use of the retro iron, tone shaping and mix bus compressor. Both projects can also be routed easily through the foldback. For instance, a drummer can monitor from the analogue inputs whilst playing to a click coming back from a Logic return so as to avoid latency,” he says.

“One understated feature of the ASP8024-HE is its noiseless power supply. This is a huge advantage for anyone working in a small control room where fan noise from the desk, computers and other devices can really affect your mixing.”

Everything in the building is networked, so that studio projects can be accessed anywhere. “This is great for teaching staff who need to check the progress of work without disturbing current sessions. It is also great for students who need to work on projects without having to book the studio, saving precious time,” concludes John.

One of the newest colleges in Liverpool, LIPA Sixth Form College focuses on performing arts and is now entering its third year.

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Heritage Completes Rosewood Studio Complete with Audient

Heritage Completes Rosewood Studio Complete with Audient

A large format ASP8024 Heritage Edition console is the centrepiece of the brand new, purpose built Rosewood Studios which opened this week. Supplemented by a full rack of top end mic preamps, a broad selection of outboard gear and a packed mic cupboard, the 24-channel British console also features Dual Layer Control (DLC) allowing seamless integration with DAW.

“The new aesthetic really makes you feel like you’re working on a vintage console, except with the delightful twist that all the buttons work properly!!

The live room at Rosewood Studios
Owner, Edward Scull explains, “I wanted to create a space that focuses solely on the musician and the music itself.” Acoustically designed by Level Acoustic Design and installed by Studio Creations, the setup comprises a modern control room and a large, five metre high live room. “Our mantra is to create an optimum space for creativity to flourish. As soon as you walk through the door the outside world stops, there are no distractions, a nod to the studios we had back in the day,” continues Edward.

Head engineer at Rosewood, Sebastian Truman
That old-school vibe continues right through to the look of the new Audient desk, according to head engineer, Sebastian Truman. “The new aesthetic really makes you feel like you’re working on a vintage console, except with the delightful twist that all the buttons work properly!! It’s amazing how much of an affect the visual aspect can have on the overall feel of your workflow.”

With the vintage look comes some surprising modern extras, as Sebastian explains: “I really love the additions to the master bus section. The Retro Iron adds wonderful depth to the sound that I would otherwise have to achieve with some transformer-imitating plugins, and the bus compressor with the Bass Expand option really allows you to shape your overall mix exactly how you want it. Initially I would just use it when tracking, to very quickly get your monitor mix sounding polished without having to reach for external outboard, however I’m amazed how often this has stayed on for the final mix. There’s something about the character that is very pleasant, especially for drum-heavy music.”

Owner Ed Scull working on Rosewood’s previous Audient desk
“As soon as you walk through the door the outside world stops, there are no distractions, a nod to the studios we had back in the day”

Back to Edward, who dreams big when it comes to his new space. “My studio and vision is centred on having the best sounding live room possible that also feels great to be in. The benefits of this are two-fold – obviously to get a great sounding recording, but even more so that the musicians will respond to being in a good acoustic space, allowing them to achieve their best possible performance. There’s nothing less inspiring than recording in a completely dead booth!”

“There’s something about the character that is very pleasant, especially for drum-heavy music.”

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the studio is only a stone’s throw away from London and housed alongside Edward’s percussion hire company which features a full and extensive collection of drums and percussion. The live room also houses a beautiful 115 year old Weber grand piano.

A small part of Rosewood’s percussion collection

Edward and Sebastian also co-produce together, and between them, their broad skill-set and highly spec’d kit, Rosewood offers a wide range of services that can accommodate needs above and beyond, from dry studio hire to a comprehensive service.

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University Centre Weston Install New Audient ASP8024-HE

University Centre Weston Install New Audient ASP8024-HE

University Centre Weston (UCW) made sure their new ASP8024|HE console was teaching from the moment it arrived, enlisting the help of students to manage the entire installation process – from its uncrating, right through the testing process, to putting together a guide for other users.

“Not only did they learn a lot from the process, but the experience is one they can now take forward when securing work in a studio or configuring their own studios”

Lee Sullivan, HE Music Curriculum Coordinator explains, “Several of our year three BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance and Production students worked with our technician Pete West to install and test the ASP8024|HE. This involved them completely stripping out our previous install, re-thinking the studio configuration and setting to work soldering up and testing all cables and looms.

ASP8024HE at University Centre Weston – a Teaching Excellence Framework Gold-rated higher education provider

“They also used the opportunity to completely redefine our patchbay configuration. They did really well and everything was up and running in three days. This included testing all tie-lines and fixing some wiring issues we’d had for a few years!

Teaching with Heritage: “We feel that our music production students need to understand the inner workings of a studio; where and how things connect.”

“Once installed, they thoroughly tested the console, got familiar with operating the HE and wrote a quickstart guide for our other students to refer to. Not only did they learn a lot from the process, but the experience is one they can now take forward when securing work in a studio or configuring their own studios,” says Lee, invested in ensuring students get a fully rounded education.

ASP8024-HE: “perfect for demonstrating desk architecture and signal flow/routing”

“We feel that our music production students need to understand the inner workings of a studio; where and how things connect. We also feel that our degree students should take ownership of the studio and run it like a commercial concern,” he says.

Due to the timing of the Audient desk’s arrival – part-way through the academic year – it was important for everybody to get to grips with it as quickly as possible, so they could progress with their studio production portfolios. It wasn’t a hard sell. “As soon as the console was up and running we couldn’t keep our students off it! We held a full-day console familiarity workshop to get the students up-to-speed, which was also part delivered by the same students who installed the console.”

Now at the end of the academic year, there is time to reflect on the decision to choose Audient. “Brand and company reputation, ease of use, comprehensive feature-set, build quality, sonic characteristics,” says Lee, listing some of the reasons. “Value for money and reliability were key considerations. There are Audient consoles out there still operating flawlessly after 10 years. That’s what we need – a robust and reliable console that will provide a great return on our investment.

“There are Audient consoles out there still operating flawlessly after 10 years. That’s what we need – a robust and reliable console that will provide a great return on our investment.”

“We love the sound of the console, the no-nonsense layout, ease of use. It’s perfect for demonstrating desk architecture and signal flow/routing etc,” he continues. “We went for the DLC option and this works really providing just the right level of control in and out of the box. The build quality is awesome and it’s reassuring to know that Audient are UK based and just a phone call away if we do have any issues.”

Audient is pretty confident he won’t.

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Meet the New Modern Recording Studio

Slate Media Technology RAVEN MTi CORE Station with 2 RAVEN MTi2s

Meet the New Modern Recording Studio

Slate Digital are pleased to introduce the completion of the modern recording studio concept, the RAVEN CORE Station. Now with seamless sidecar racks (in stock now), you can achieve the ultimate combination of sleek looks, ergonomics, and lightning fast workflow.

Click the video below to experience the incredible workflow of RAVEN Consoles.

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One Year Later – Strange Weather’s API Legacy AXS Console

One Year Later – Strange Weather’s API Legacy AXS Console

One Year Later: Strange Weather’s API Legacy AXS Console

JUNE 2018; BROOKLYN, NY: Last year, Strange Weather studio installed a 32 channel Legacy AXS at its Brooklyn facility. The studio had been home to a 1608 console since 2007, with expansions added over the years, but Producer/Engineer and studio owner Marc Alan Goodman was ready for a console upgrade.

“We made hundreds of amazing records on the 1608 for over a decade,” said Goodman. “But eventually we found ourselves wanting even more routing options, so we decided to upgrade to the new Legacy AXS.”

In the year since Strange Weather has installed the AXS console, the studio has been heavily booked, with Producer/Mixer and Goodman’s business partner Daniel Schlett commenting that the console has drawn new engineers, producers and artists to the studio.

Schlett notes that the albums he and Goodman have worked on have been extremely diverse, and adds, “The fact that the AXS was always able to deliver what we needed and keep up with the quick pace of the sessions was super helpful.”

Strange Weather recently tracked and mixed albums for Steve Gunn, Kassa Overall and Big Yuki, to name a few. The studio also has a few projects in the pipeline for this summer with Curtis Harding, Sly 5th Ave, and Melanie Charles, among others.

“The console has absolutely improved the workflow of our studio,” says Schlett. “The new console’s available routing features allow for all types of situations to move more efficiently. In both recording and mixing sessions, we’ve found the console to work in a number of ways to make all tasks to move easily and quickly.” 

“There are almost too many exciting features to list,” Schlett adds. “We love the automated bus matrix section, the built in 2500, all of the available auxes, and, at the end of the day, the reliability and sound!” 

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Audient Helps Solve ‘The Mystery Of Britannic’

Audient gear

Audient Helps Solve ‘The Mystery Of Britannic’

Audient gear was integral to recording ADR sessions for U-Film production, ‘The Mystery of Britannic’, released this year. The docudrama charts the fate of the sister ship to the Titanic, which was sunk by a naval mine during the First World War whilst being used as a hospital ship, telling its tragic story using a compelling combination of re-enacted historical events interspersed with scientific underwater footage from the present day.

ASP4816: “THE DESK IS VERY VERSATILE.”

The main characters’ voices were recorded at Lito’s Place studio by the actors starring in the film. “Audient’s ASP4816 was the main hub for the routing and preamps,” says studio owner and engineer, Manolito ‘Lito’ Galea, explaining the recording process.

“The desk  is very versatile. We used all auxes into Hearback Technology system for the different mixes. We set up first talkback for the director and artist, and the second talkback between the ADR engineer and crew.

 

“All sessions were recorded on Pro Tools HD & the pre mixes were all in 5.1 controlled via Audient’s surround sound monitor controller, ASP510.

Lito (below right) and the ‘Mystery of the Britannic’ team

 

We used Sennheiser MKH 40 microphones & DPA 4080 lapel mic via super-clean ASP4816 preamps,” adds Lito, highlighting the clarity of the desk’s mic pres.

“SUPER-CLEAN ASP4816 PREAMPS”

 

The complete film is available on iTunes, Verizon, Vimeo and more, as well as on DVD from Amazon. Take a look at the trailer here, and find out more about U-Film Productions on their Facebook page.

 

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York St John University upgrade to Audient ASP8024-HE

Audient Console

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.

“A DREAM TO TEACH ON: CLEAR AND SOLID FOR TEACHING AS WELL AS A PROFESSIONAL SOUND”

“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.”

“THE INTEGRATION OF THE HERITAGE HAS ALLOWED STUDENTS TO EXPLORE MANY DIFFERENT WORKFLOWS WITH GREAT RESULTS.”

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.”