In October I was asked to do an interview for Audient, a great UK based company that manufacture high end mixing consoles and pre-amps (amongst other things). Here at The Music Box we have 16 analogue in’s of which eight belong to the Audient ASP008. There is a link to the official site below with loads more info on the company.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into audio engineering?
I was studying in London doing a performance degree as a drummer. I went to education fairly late on and wasn’t really sure what I wanted the outcome to be. As part of my studies we covered music technology and got to spend time in the studio, although in more of a session player role. As a result something just sparked my interest, and as my knowledge grew I thought “I’m actually not completely terrible at this” and so decided to consider it seriously as a career path for the future.
What genres of music do you tend to work in?
Typically I work in alternative music, but I suppose that is a fairly vague category. My passion is live music and I always aim to capture the essence of what a band or artist represents live. Although the studio is a commercial space I tend to track down the projects I know I will enjoy working on. So it could be a singer songwriter or a metal band, if it grabs me I want to be part of the production process.
Your an ASP008 owner, what made you purchase the 008?
Simon Horn (your man in Germany) was a tutor of mine during my degree and is now a good friend. He originally told me to check out the 008 and I was very impressed when I heard how clean and open the sound of the box was. Also, the chap who had the studio before me had an 8024, so from a business point of view it made sense to keep the studio with an Audient set up. You could say it was fate!
What is your favourite feature about the ASP008? What do you tend to use it for? Any tips for other 008 owners?
Not really one specific thing but it has some great features. I especially like the variable high pass filter for when I’m using ribbons on the overheads and I make a lot of use of the instrument inputs. I know it’s not the most exciting or original answer, but I usually have something plugged into it, a guitar, a bass or a synth. Just to get ideas down, before setting up mics. Occasionally these ideas stay on the finished tracks because the DI’d sound on the box is so great.
Speaking of tips, do you have any quirky recording tips?
Not sure about quirky but I am a huge fan of side chaining compressors, especially when it comes to drums. I’m not really that fond of gating. To me it sounds unnatural and stifles the sound of an instrument that should be allowed to breathe. Quite often I will have the sound I want in the overheads but mic up the toms and the kick beater with no intention of feeding them into the mix, just so I can throw it into the compressor.
What are your plans for the future?
I went to a Trevor Horn Q and A last year and I think he put it best. He said that throughout his career he was often asked what he plans to do next, usually after wrapping up a project, and his answer was always the same, “Just keep on working”. So, I couldn’t hope for any more than that.
The full interview is here.
For more information on the ASP008 8-channel microphone preamplifier click here.