Recording and Production News
Prism Sound's converters win hands down for mastering engineer Scott HullNew York, USA - February 2007: Over the years, mastering supremo Scott Hull has moved to various different facilities and each time the one piece of equipment that has moved with him is his Prism Sound audio converter.
"I have always insisted on Prism Sound converters and I know that if I didn't have them I'd really miss them," he says. "When I moved to my own facility, Scott Hull Mastering, I knew I had to have both Prism Sound AD-2 and DA-2 converters right from the start. To my ears, they are what good mastering sounds like: flexible, wide, dynamic, and not coloured in any way. They seem to disappear into the chain, which means they work for me rather than me having to work round them."
Scott Hull's mastering career reads like a Who's Who of the rock and roll business. After starting out with Bob Ludwig in 1984, he soon became Ludwig's assistant and digital editor at Masterdisk in New York and immersed himself in the trade. In 1993, when Ludwig opened his own facility in Maine, Hull took over as IT specialist at Masterdisk and spent the next 15 years mastering legendary projects such as Donald Fagan's Kamikirad, as well as some highly influential records like Garbage 2.0, Shaun Mullins' Lullabye, and Spacehog's In The Meantime.
"Bob Ludwig was a wonderful teacher and mentor. He showed me the humanity of mastering and taught me to rely on my ears when in doubt," Hull says. "But after 15 years at Masterdisk, I decided it was time to strike out on my own. I moved my operation to Classic Sound, assembled my own room full of analogue and digital mastering gear and mastered Grammy winner Steely Dan's Two Against Nature and John Mayer's Room For Squares. It was a wonderful time in my career and taught me those things you can only learn in a trial by fire situation."
On Hull's recommendation, Classic Sound invested in Prism Sound converters and Hull used them to give his signature sound to many other major label and independent records, as well as a host of influential Jazz and contemporary music recordings, singer songwriter projects and world music.
Eventually, Hull's talents were spotted by Troy Germano and he moved to The Hit Factory, where he stayed until it closed in 2000. During his tenure, Hull mastered the works of many artists including Amy Grant, Skillet, Edie Brickell, and John Zorn. Once again, Prism Sound converters were in evidence as he quickly persuaded The Hit Factory to buy them.
Hull's next stop was Jigsaw Sound, where he intended to stay for a while, but soon after he had the opportunity to set up his own facility in Manhattan - and the first pieces of equipment he invested in were Prism Sound Dream AD-2 and DA-2 converters. These are widely considered the definitive music A/D and D/A converters because they provide the most accurate rendition of an audio event, whether it be early music, classical, jazz, big band, a club mix or hard rock.
Scott Hull Mastering is not simply another base of operations for Hull - this is his home. Set up as a full-featured, professional mastering facility, SHM is where the new class of artist goes to get the sound only Hull, with his decades of experience, can bring to a project. And with artists such as Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen to his credit, it is clear that Hull not only loves a challenge, but also knows instinctively what he is doing.
"Music is my passion," he says, "and I'm equally passionate about the equipment I use to create my sound. Over the years I've tried many different converters in many different rooms but I always come back to Prism Sound because I have yet to find any kind of music that they are inappropriate for."
Hull's facility now includes both AD-2 and DA-2 and converters, providing an audio stream of such exceptional quality that he will be relying on them for years to come as the definitive tool for productions on CD, DVD, Super Audio CD or other formats as they become available. Both converters offer a wealth of sophisticated features as well as high-performance, multi-rate A/D conversion, making them ideally suited for the most exacting applications in sound recording, mastering and broadcast.
|Rare 78rpm Records Are Being Digitized Using Prism Sound Titan Audio Interfaces
This unique community project is aiming to create a digital reference collection of more than 400,000 sides of these delicate shellac discs. . . . (3rd November 2017)
|The Royal Northern College of Music Adds More Prism Sound Converters To Its Stock
This highly respected conservatoire has now deployed nine Prism Sound ADA-8RX multichannel converters across four recording studios. . . . (31st October 2017)
|Prism Sound's Titan Brings Unbeatable Sound Quality to George Gvarjaladze's Project Studio
The Georgian producer, composer and sound designer has invested in three Titan interfaces and linked them to his Pro Tools HDX system. . . . (13th October 2017)
|Prism Sound's Studio Sessions Take Interactive Learning To A New Level
The company is building on the success of its Mic to Monitor brand by introducing one-day hands on events in a recording studio environment. . . . (2nd October 2017)
|William Rowe Joins Prism Sound's Sales Team
A recent graduate from De Montfort University, Rowe is delighted to be part of this highly respected pro audio company. . . . (28th September 2017)
|La La Land's Composer Justin Hurwitz Chooses Prism Sound Conversion For His Own Studio
The company's Lyra Audio Interface is giving Hurwitz the flexibility to record solo instruments at home. . . . (20th September 2017)
|Fabio Lendrum Trusts Prism Sound To Deliver High Quality Results
The acclaimed producer and engineer has now invested in a Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface for his Studio 255 in London. . . . (11th September 2017)
|30 Years And Counting - Prism Sound Celebrates Its Anniversary At AES New York
The company's entire range of high quality audio products will be on show during the AES Convention in October 2017. . . . (7th September 2017)
|Prism Sound Sponsors Pro7ect's 2018 Songwriting Retreat
Prism Sound's acclaimed audio converters and interfaces will feature in a pop up studio manned by Mercury Award Winning producer and composer Talvin Singh. . . . (15th August 2017)
|Birmingham Conservatoire Makes a Major Investment in Prism Sound's High Quality Audio Conversion
20 of the company's flagship ADA-8XR multichannel converters have been installed in the Conservatoire's new facilities. . . . (11th August 2017)
|Robert L Smith Will Share His Production Knowledge At Mic To Monitor 2017
Prism Sound's popular educational seminar is heading back to the USA and Canada this Autumn with an exciting programme of five events. . . . (19th June 2017)
|Award Winning Songwriter Iain Archer Invests In Prism Sound's Audio Quality
The company's Lyra 2 Audio Interface is delivering production quality audio, both on the road and in the studio. . . . (24th May 2017)
|B-SIDE PROJECT LAUNCHES 2017 ANNUAL GLOBAL REMIX CONTEST TO FIND EMERGING MUSIC TALENT
Now in its seventh year, the respected competition continues to provide a cross-genre platform for new artists with a heavyweight industry judging panel. . . . (24th May 2017)
|Prism Sound's Titan Brings Speed and Accuracy to Richard Earnshaw's Mixes
With an ever-increasing workload, Earnshaw says this powerful Multi-channel Audio Interface has delivered all he hoped for. . . . (16th May 2017)
|Bob Katz To Deliver Prism Sound's US Mic To Monitor Keynote Speech
This popular educational seminar is returning to the USA in March 2017 with a series of events for students, hobbyists and recording professionals. . . . (27th February 2017)
|Doc Powell Brings Prism Sound Clarity To His Latest Studio Project
The Grammy nominated guitarist and producer is using the company's Atlas Audio Interface for the entire recording process. . . . (23rd February 2017)
Subscribe to this as an RSS Feed
See Also: News Archive