An Audient iD14-LE USB audio interface has taken to the stage in the hands of theatre sound designer Kenan Trevien, who is working on Pericles, Prince de Tyr at the Barbican in London.
The production is an adaptation of a rarely seen Shakespeare play directed by award-winning Declan Donnellan in collaboration with Nick Ormerod, and performed in French with English subtitles.
Trevien details the approach he’s taken in the run-up to this latest production: “I have one laptop dedicated to the cues on the PA, and the iD14-LE is plugged into the laptop I keep for designing new sounds. As the monitor outputs and the main outputs are independent, I can easily choose to work quietly with my headphones or to test new sounds on the PA whilst the actors on stage.”
The play follows the hero, Pericles, on a journey involving pirates, magicians, brothels, tournaments and divine intervention, all of which have their own challenges when it comes to creating the right aural atmosphere in the theatre.
After a brief testing period in his studio, Trevien took the iD14-LE out on the road, and has found working with the interface has many advantages. “The headphone amp is very quiet, the ScrollControl is very useful to adjust the plugin parameters, and I can count on two nice preamps for additional recordings.”
Pericles, Prince de Tyr is being performed at the Barbican Centre on April 9-21, including a live streaming on April 19, and then will transfer to the Oxford Playhouse on April 24-28.