Leamington Spa, UK (November 22, 2006)–Producer/engineer Andie Thomson has installed three Prism Sound ADA-8 converters and a DA-2 converter in his Gighouse Recording Studio complex in Warwickshire, England. Thomson is using the converters in conjunction with MOTU Digital Performer 5.
Andie Thomson with his Prism Sound gearThompson has invested in Prism Sound’s new FireWire Interface Module that enables ADA-8 and ADA-8XR units to interface directly with Mac and PC workstations. This option seamlessly integrates the converters to any Core-Audio compliant Mac program, or WDM or ASIO compliant Windows program, allowing the user to plug and play the ADA-8 and ADA-8XR with a variety of systems including Digital Performer, Steinberg Nuendo, Cubase, Apple Logic Pro 7 and Cakewalk Sonar.
“I was considering upgrading my existing converters but was having difficulties finding the right soundcard,” Thompson explained. “Then I was contacted by Prism Sound and it became apparent that they had a solution to my problem in the shape of an ADA-8 with FireWire option. I demo-ed the units and was very impressed with the quality of the audio. The mid range and low mid range is much more detailed, which allows vocals and mid-range instruments to be very clearly defined. There’s also a real warmth to the sound, which is something I’ve wanted for a very long time.”
Thomson adds that blind comparison tests carried out on visiting artists and engineers reinforced his decision to buy the units. “The most crucial component in the digital recording environment is high-quality A/D conversion and the most trusted and desirable converters are made by Prism Sound,” he opined. “Everyone who has heard the new units has preferred them and they are now used as standard on all digital sound sources including mixdown, remixing and mastering. They are particularly good for mastering applications, which I tend to do in the analog domain, because they don’t color the sound or compromise the original recording.”
Established in the early 1990s, Gighouse Recording Studio is housed in a converted 19th century Gig House, which was originally used to keep a pony and trap. It is a fully commercial facility and comprises a control room equipped with a Soundcraft Ghost console and three live areas that can be adapted to suit the needs of each client. Among the studio’s recent clients are Coldcut, The Levelers, Banco de Gaia, Hangover Blues Band, Seize The Day and 100th Monkey.