Torrance, CA (February 12, 2004)–Media production and publishing house mediaHYPERIUM has ordered the very first API Vision large-format, analog multichannel, surround mixing console in the United States. Combining the extended bandwidth and dynamic range of API’s discrete analog signal path with integrated, advanced surround sound capabilities, the Vision is ideally suited to a studio such as mediaHYPERIUM, which specializes in Direct Stream Digital (DSD) production for Super Audio CD.
“We are the SACD reference studio for Philips for North America. Over 90 percent of our work is somehow related to Super Audio CD,” stated mediaHYPERIUM CEO/senior producer Herbert Waltl, explaining the decision to install the API Vision. “It is very important to us that we capture the ‘truth’ of a performance and not diminish its emotional impact. At the same time we want to keep the sound clean and pure throughout the entire recording and mixing process–not jeopardize the nuances afforded by the superior sound quality of DSD.”
“The API console, from the mic preamps to the EQs, features a minimalist design and a discrete signal path,” agreed chief engineer Ted White. “It just plain sounds better than so many other consoles on the market. The API just has a more open and natural sound.”
“But I think the other important thing to note,” White added, “is that the Vision is the first analog console of its quality to be designed from the ground up for surround. It’s not a stereo console that can also do surround or film panning. This console has all the features that you need to mix quickly in surround.”
The new API Vision will be the second to be installed worldwide and will replace an API Legacy–reportedly the first ever built–at mediaHYPERIUM. The first Vision was installed at Galaxy Studios in Belgium last year.
“One of the greatest advantages of the Vision is that it’s the only console where you have two full-size faders on each channel, and each fader comes with its own five-channel surround panning controls,” observed Waltl. “With other consoles, you need up to six channels to place or move a source within the surround field. Obviously, without the need of patching channels you can work much faster and focus more on the creative aspects of a project.”
“It’s also a great stereo console,” noted White. “It’s set up so that you can quickly switch between surround and stereo mixing. I was talking to Ronald Prent at Galaxy, and he says that he has been able to run stereo and surround mixes almost congruently, flipping back and forth between the two, because of the way that API director of engineering, Paul Wolff, has designed the bussing.
“Paul’s intention was that it be a surround console from day one,” White continued. “He has worked closely with those who have been fortunate enough to have worked a lot in surround. He has always talked to us and others about the routing capabilities of the console, the unique panning options, the linking of the faders and the monitoring controls.”
The Vision at mediaHYPERIUM will also feature API’s proprietary automation system. “Both faders on each channel are motorized,” reported White. “API’s software is easy to operate, and there’s a master module on the console that gives you enough feedback that you don’t even need to look at a screen or use a keyboard or a mouse.”
Waltl concluded, “It was important to ask ourselves, what is the future market of the studio? We felt that it was the growth of surround. Last year, we’ve done over 50, almost 60, surround projects at mediaHYPERIUM. We hardly do stereo-only. It’s always stereo plus surround, or remixes directly into surround. This console is really a step forward in believing that the future is continuing in that direction.”
mediaHYPERIUM is thrilled that at the 46th Grammy Awards Chick Corea’s “Rendezvous in New York” SACD hybrid release, won in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. This award-winning release was produced by Herbert Waltl and edited and mixed at mediaHYPERIUM through the studio’s API Legacy console.
ATI Group Distribution/API