Grammy nominated jazz guitarist, composer and producer Doc Powell recently added a Prism Sound Atlas audio interface to his Atlanta studio and utilized it in recording This Is Soul, his 12th solo project and first full album project in six years.
Atlas offers digitally-controlled preamplifiers, eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs and S/PDIF and TOSLINK optical digital I/O ports. The optical ports can also be used for ADAT, giving a single Atlas unit a maximum capability of 18 concurrent input and output channels plus dual stereo headphones.
“I’m very excited about this album because it was recorded exclusively with the Prism Sound Atlas and is sonically excellent,” Powell explains. “This is my first introduction to Prism Sound as a user. I had heard a great deal about the quality of Prism Sound equipment and I have not been disappointed.
“This is a very important release for me and the Atlas brings out the detail of every recorded part – from the natural acoustics of a guitar to the muted sound of a live trumpet. Everything comes across with clarity and precision,” he continues. “What you put into it is exactly what you get out.”
Powell has recorded and played with artists such as Billy Ocean, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Mariah Carey and Smokey Robinson. His Grammy nomination was for a rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic track “What’s Going On.” He also spent 13 years as Luther Vandross’ musical director.
Powell’s latest project, This Is Soul, pays tribute to the soulful, funky and jazz sounds that originally inspired him and made him excited about being a musician.
“I am working with singer/actress Jennifer Holliday, the original ‘Dream Girl’, as well as Earth Wind and Fire’s phenomenal music director/pianist Myron McKinley,” he says. “The difference between this album and my previous albums is that it features an upright bass. I’m also using the Fishman triple play midi controller—an amazing and totally revolutionary device that can be attached to any guitar and allows the guitar to play keyboard/synthesizer sounds like a keyboardist. I am known for using a Gibson guitar on all my projects, but for this recording I’m using a Fremediti Amphian guitar that is made in Greece and sounds incredible.”
This Is Soul will be released this month (April 2016) and has already been preceded by two singles – the recently released title track featuring award winning pianist Patrice Rushen and a remake of Beyonce’s “Love On Top,” which reached #13 on Billboard’s smooth jazz radio chart and #9 on the smooth jazz top 20 charts.
“The Prism Sound Atlas interface has made a significant contribution to the sonic quality of this album and I’m really happy with the results I’ve been achieving,” Power concludes. “Apart from that, adding Atlas to my studio was an easy ‘out with the old and in with the new’. It is very user friendly and a really easy piece of equipment to navigate.”