Recording and Production in the News
ADA-8XR: The audio specialist's choiceCambridge, UK, January 2008: When it comes to making and archiving recordings, Philadelphia-based mastering, audio restoration and location recording outfit George Blood Audio don't skimp on quality. Their current project, due for release on the Plectra label later this year, involves recording baroque music virtuosi playing all of Bach's keyboard concerti on original, period instruments (the youngest harpsichord was built in 1707). Classical music aficionados might wrinkle their noses at the presence of such high-tech kit as a hard disk recorder and a Prism Sound ADA-8XR interface amongst the vintage violins, harpsichords, and cellos, but in fact the use of the Prism Sound interface is perfectly in keeping with the project's high standards, as founder George Blood explains. And George is equally serious about quality; the ten thousand dollar ADA-8XR interface is the fourth such unit George Blood Audio has purchased in two years.
George Blood with one of his four ADA-8XRs
GBA was set up by former Philadelphia Orchestra recording engineer George Blood in 1984, and he soon founded the Safe Sound Archive, a climate-controlled media storage facility, so that he could safely archive the numerous orchestral recordings he had made with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other ensembles, as well as the recordings owned by the local Curtis Institute of Music. "They had the same problem I did: too many tapes and nowhere to safely archive them," explains Blood. But as soon as tapes were stored securely in the vaults, the owners began to request digital copies of them so that they could easily access the contents, and eventually the transfer side of things became a business in its own right. George Blood Audio's Safe Sound Archive now offers a digital audio transfer and restoration service for clients all the way from one-off work from families who want digital copies of old recordings made by deceased relatives (which are often stored on obsolete tape formats) to large-scale digitisation projects for record labels, orchestras, libraries or universities that need digital copies of performances, oral histories or lecture series recorded on analogue tape. In addition to these activities, George continues to make around 250 live orchestral and ensemble recordings a year to keep up his live recording skills.
Of course, a high-quality A-D converter is central to all of these activities, and George was interested in Prism Sound from the very beginning of his business. "We always liked Prism's products," he explains, "they did very well in a converter shootout that our main dealer, Studio Consultants of New York, organised when we were first specifying our previous facility. But we were just starting out, so we picked a more affordable converter." Within a few years, however, the business was taking off, and George wanted to take a step up. "We started expanding our live recording work, and our existing converter was very heavy. We really needed something more portable with multi-channel input capabilities. The Prism was expensive, but it was far more practical - it was far more portable for our location work, had many extra useful functions, and was always reliable. That's your main concern when you're recording live concerts! And their support has been great; I know I can pick up a phone and instantly get help, and if I ever need to send a unit away to be repaired, they give me a loaner unit while that's being done. That's rare these days."
In 2006, with GBA still expanding and adding new production rooms, the decision was taken to buy two ADA-8XR interfaces, fitted with the AES and Firewire output option cards. Early last year, George authorised the purchase of a third unit, and in November, they bought their fourth. "We keep adding rooms; we now have five rooms, with an ADA-8XR in four of those and the two-channel AD-2 in the other room. Prism's interfaces are really well thought-out. For example, we love the fact that the AD-2 can spit out 96kHz/24-bit and 44.1kHz/16-bit audio simultaneously... instantly, we have a CD-ready audio stream and an archival stream at the same time. And the ADA-8XRs can be ganged for multi-channel input for input to a hard drive via Firewire when we're doing classical recording work. The key words are versatility and utility; there are lots of features in the ADA 8XR, and they're all useful. You get a real sense that the guys at Prism Sound either need to use these boxes themselves, or they listen very hard to their users."
|Homerecords Founder Michel Van Achter Invests In Prism Sound Conversion For His Belgium Studios
This highly respected musician and producer has bought three Atlas and three Titan Audio Interfaces for his recording, mixing and mastering rooms in Liège. . . . (13th November 2018)
|Prism Sound CALLIA wins Best DAC in Sound+Image's 2019 A/V awards!!
CALLIA wins "DAC of the Year" in the Australian 2019 Sound+Image Awards. . . . (6th November 2018)
|Prism Sound shake up Audio Test at AES New York 2018 with full-featured high performance audio test solutions from only $3395!
On show for the first time will be the very latest dScope M1 audio interfaces for Prism Sound's dScope Series III audio test & measurement software. . . . (10th October 2018)
|Producer Mark Maitland Buys British To Equip His New Studio
UK manufacturers Prism Sound and PMC have both played an important role creating Mark Maitland's new recording and mixing studio. . . . (9th October 2018)
|Prism Sound's Titan Audio Interface Give Composer Sacha Puttnam Peace Of Mind
Titan at the heart of his recording set up, this highly respected musician says he has the space he needs to focus on his performance. . . . (10th September 2018)
|Prism Sound Enhances The SADiE User Experience With A New SADiE 6 Software Upgrade
Expanded functionality and much improved latency figures are just some of the benefits delivered by SADiE V6.1.13 . . . (30th August 2018)
|Prism Sound behind-the-scenes with Del Amitri on tour via Headliner Magazine
Learn how the Prism Sound ADA-8XR is implemented into Del Amitri's live setup in the latest issue of Headliner Magazine. . . . (15th August 2018)
|Prism Sound inside FLYNT's state-of-the-art studio via Headliner Magazine
Prism Sound Music and Recording products, the ADA-8XR and Orpheus are discussed in the August 2018 issue of Headliner Magazine. . . . (15th August 2018)
|Pro7ect's 2019 Songwriting Retreat Announces its Second Headline Producer
The exceptionally talented producer/songwriter Gethin Pearson will host the Prism Sound pop up studio at Hotel Pelirocco during Pro7ect's highly collaborative three-day retreat . . . (31st July 2018)
|Prism Sound and SADiE Help Capture Gregorian Introits in Latin and English
A Lyra audio interface and SADiE 6 software delivered the perfect solution for a complex location recording project at Buckfast Abbey in Devon. . . . (11th June 2018)
Subscribe to this as an RSS Feed
See Also: News Archive