Kevin Sones of Earsightmusic has been utilizing an Audient iD22 audio interface at the heart of his approach to recording live bands and orchestras around the islands of the Caribbean, including Dominant Seventh, the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad & Tobago as well as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Trinidad & Tobago.
“It doesn’t make any sense to have great mics or a powerful computer if you have a poor interface with substandard preamps and A/D converters,” Sones, states. “Every part of the signal path has to be pristine. This is why I trust iD22 to be at the center of my system.”
He takes advantage of the iD22’s ADAT expandability by connecting it to his Audient ASP880 8-channel mic preamp, giving him access to up to 10 inputs.
Sones has been delivering training courses for Earsightmusic as a part of its installation and equipment sales packages, and last year, the company launched its Live Sound Engineer Training Workshop Series in the Caribbean region to provide theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience in live sound engineering. One of the modules Live Sound Recording focuses on multitrack as well as stereo recording principles and techniques.
“To accomplish this, we set up a full sound system with ancillary equipment for the participants to interact with,” he explains. “This includes playback and recording devices such as the iD22 which we set up as part of the system.”
The second level of the Live Sound Engineer Training series kicked off at the end of March and travels to five Caribbean countries, following success with the initial Level 1 course Both workshops will be introduced in five additional countries this year.
“High quality sound is the main thing that separates me and my work from other engineers,” Sones concludes. “It [the iD22] gives me the unquestionable quality I can rely on. Many companies do a good ‘on paper’ presentation of their product, but what speaks to me is the actual quality of the end product, i.e., my mix. That quality is indisputable and sets Audient products apart from many others.”