Willebroek, Belgium (December 27, 2005)–The King of Belgium, Albert II, has expressed his appreciation of a new version of his country’s national song, which was recorded by Belgium producer Lorenzo Schoovaerts. Although the King may not have realized it, the audio quality he enjoyed so much owed a great deal to the Prism Sound ADA-8 converters that Schoovaerts used during the recording process–and to the service Schoovaerts received from Prism director Graham Boswell.
“I now own three Prism Sound ADA-8 converters and I use them to connect software synths and effects from my Pro Tools system to my SSL analogue console,” said Schoovaerts, who owns and runs Grooveyard Studios in Willebroek near Antwerp. “They were certainly part of the equation when I recorded a new version of our national song, ‘The Brabançonne,’ and I think they made a significant contribution to the overall quality of the sound.”
Schoovaert was asked to create a new version of “The Brabançonne” by the marketing manager of a shopping centre in the town of St. Nicholas, which was being visited by King Albert II. The version was premiered in front of the King and he and the mayor were given a CD of the performance as a gift.
“We exchanged a few words after the performance and the King said he was very pleased with my version,” said Schoovaert. “Having Prism ADA-8 units at my disposal made a huge difference to the sound of my mixes, especially in terms of stereo width. These converters may not be the cheapest on the market but I think they are well worth the extra investment because they sound much better than any other product I’ve tried and they help me work much faster. I can’t praise them enough–they are simply amazing.”
Schoovaert added that the service he received from Prism Sound was also exemplary. “Prism director Graham Boswell spent over an hour on the phone helping me set up the units–and that was in the evening and over a weekend. I can’t think of any other company director who would run up an hour’s worth of international phone calls helping a customer in this way. He even sent a Pro Tools Mix connector for the Prism on a Saturday. That’s service above and beyond the call of duty. It’s great to know that if my ADA-8 breaks, I’ll have a spare one the next day.”
Apart from re-working the Belgium National song, Schoovaerts has also worked with a number of Dutch and Belgian artists including Hans De Boy and Cisco Kid, whose House Music track “The Pizza Man” sold over 700,000 copies when it was released in the UK. He is currently producing two new R&B bands, as well as working on his own projects.