Recording and Production News
Top Audio Specialist Snake Newton Invests in 'Revelatory' OrpheusCambridge, UK, 25 July 2012: - Snake Newton is an industry professional who is making his mark in several different areas of the recording industry, working both Front of House (where he can namecheck Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Pet Shop Boys, Supertramp, Sugababes and many more) and in audio post.
On the audio post side he has recently set up a comprehensive mix facility at home with full surround to handle the increasing amount of live post production work that he is involved with. And as part of that investment, he has purchased a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire multi-track audio interface.
"The Orpheus was literally a revelation to me," he says. "I was working at Sphere Studios in London on a mix for DVD for a Duran Duran/David Lynch collaboration. A friend of mine, Josh Blair, said 'Hey try my Prism Sound Orpheus! You will love it!'. I was dubious, really, as I've heard many converters and there are many-high end units delivering exceptional sound, but the Orpheus simply blew me away. I was aghast at the thought of finishing the session after he took it back, so I got my credit card out 30 minutes after first plugging it in to buy myself one with next day delivery!
"It was, simply put, like having an acoustic veil lifted. Suddenly the mix had a coherence that I hadn't experienced before. The top end sounded crystal clear - way up in the 'fairy dust zone'. The transients suddenly came to life; the snare in particular suddenly took on new life. All at once I could hear a level of detail in spatial placement, front to back and left to right, that I couldn't before. What you can't hear you can't work on, and the Orpheus was revealing detail that needed uncovering and working on. Basically it raised my game."
Newton used his Orpheus to mix both the David Lynch-directed Duran Duran project - filmed last year and not yet commercially available - and the group's Diamond in the Mind DVD/CD release for Eagle Rock Productions. Both feature many of the same songs, though, unsurprisingly with Lynch involved in one of them, they take very different routes during the productions. The challenge on both was the same, however.
"Post mixing true live performance can be a much greater challenge than mixing a studio recorded track," says Newton. "Firstly, people expect a great deal these days, fidelity and detail from a show which may have been more about energy than sparkle and finesse. I think the Orpheus helped me capture a good balance of both. Neither album has a single overdub, nothing was replaced. And with 76 raw tracks (before splitting out any of the tracks which of course happened a lot) I had a lot to contend with and Orpheus helped my mix with its detail and depth perception. With such a large number of inputs you need absolute confidence in what you hear being accurate."
Newton's plans in the future include perhaps expanding the Orpheus' role into the live side of his work. "I can't ever imagine being without it in the studio and I am indeed toying with the idea of using it live as the converter for any analogue outboard I may use on future tours," he says. "I can honestly say I've listened to mixes I've done from years past and immediately hear how I could improve those mixes 10- 15% just by 'having my ears opened'. It has proved to be the single most important piece of kit I've bought since buying my first Mac!"
|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)
|Hugh Hardie Adds Prism Sound's Renowned Audio Quality To His Workflow
The acclaimed drum & bass producer has made the company's Lyra Audio Interface a key component in his Bristol-based project studio. . . . (27th September 2016)
|Prism Sound's 2016 Mic to Monitor Tour Heads to BPM PRO
Over the course of two days, there will be inspirational panel discussions, informative seminars and opportunities to demo high end equipment. . . . (31st August 2016)
|Producer/Remixer Glen Nicholls Buys Two Prism Sound Titans
The units are providing all the inputs Nicholls needs to connect to a range of tape machines and outboard FX. . . . (30th August 2016)
|Prism Sound at AES Los Angeles 2016
The company will show its flagship ADA-8XR multichannel converter and its full range of USB audio interfaces. . . . (23rd August 2016)
|B-Side Project Launches 2016 Annual Global Remix Contest
Registration for B-Side Project 2016 is officially open, marking the sixth consecutive year of the renowned, global remix contest . . . (19th August 2016)
|Classical Supremo Paul Carasco Adds A Prism Sound Atlas Audio Interface To His Recording Rig
The renowned Australian pianist, sound engineer and film director is using Atlas to simplify his workflow. . . . (17th August 2016)
Subscribe to this as an RSS Feed
See Also: News Archive