The ever Audient ASP4816 in the South Pacific has been installed at The Analogue Café, a self-professed “old fashioned recording studio.”
Studio owner Eric Malamud was keen to ensure that The Analogue Café lives up to its name, and his research into analog gear led him straight to Audient. Discovering that console designer David Dearden is Audient’s co-founder piqued his interest. “I already own a vintage Midas XL200, so I’m a Dearden fan by default,” says Malamud.
General manager and in-house technician Robert Unger is happy that Malamud didn’t compromise on the desk, and lists a few of the many benefits it offers the studio. “The routing flexibility is excellent, especially the buss assignments to subgroups and outputs,” he notes. “The integrated internal power supply is silent and energy efficient, and the console has the best fold-back and monitoring system integration ever.”
The in-line console packs the key features of a larger console into a compact, ergonomic form, also including the same pre-amps found in Audient’s Dearden-designed flagship console, the ASP8024.
“The Audient pre-amps are time tested, and very clean,” confirms Unger. “In the old days EQ was for surgery, we never use EQ when tracking,” he continues. “When we do need it the result is excellent – especially the filters.”
Malamud adds, “The studio maintains the feel of a 1950s—1970s analog studio using 48 tracks of iZ RADAR and classic outboard,” adds Malamud. “As the studio motto goes, No computers are harmed in the making of our records.”