Tim Liken recently became the first producer in the UK to take delivery of Prism Sound’s new Orpheus Firewire interface.Cambridge, UK (February 15, 2008)–Producer, DJ, record label owner, solo artist–Tim Liken is a busy man. Liken’s latest distinction: he recently became the first producer in the UK to take delivery of Prism Sound’s new Orpheus Firewire interface, which began shipping last month. Liken received two Orpheus units.
Known in the music world as Tim Deluxe, Liken has been a top name in the dance community for over a decade, moving from early underground successes in the late 1990s with the Double 99 project to solo hits such as “Sirens” and “Less Talk, More Action” on the Underwater label. In 2002, he struck it big with “It Just Won’t Do,” a massively successful Ibiza dance anthem that led to high-profile DJ dates and remix work. He also launched the AT Records label, and produced and released his debut full-length album, The Little Ginger Club Kid. Currently, Liken is putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, the first fruits of which appeared last year as the single “Let The Beats Roll.”
Liken records audio and programs beats and instruments on his Apple Macintosh G5, but varies how he mixes this material depending on the project. Sometimes he will work “in the box,” mixing in software within the Mac, and sometimes he sends all audio sources in the Mac back into the analog domain to be mixed from his MIDAS Venice 320 analog console, favoring its more immediate, hands-on interface over mouse-driven mixing.
When the time came to upgrade his old interface, Liken began asking the advice of North London equipment emporium Funky Junk. He was familiar with Prism’s converters from his work in studios and knows other users with Midas analog consoles that favor Prism converters, so wasn’t too surprised when Funky Junk suggested he try a Prism ADA-8XR, the company’s top-of-the-range interface.
“I liked the ADA-8XR,” Liken explains, “but I knew I’d want more than eight channels of interfacing, and with the ADA-8XR, that commits you to a lot of money! So I asked Funky Junk if Prism Sound offered a more affordable alternative that sounded as good and still offered Firewire interfacing. That’s when they told me about Orpheus, which was at the design stage then.
“From what I hear, the Prism team wanted Orpheus to be exactly that–a more affordable ADA-8XR, but without sacrificing the decent sound quality. And now I’ve got two of them, I can say they’ve managed it: because I had the ADA-8XR on loan first, I can say that the Orpheus sounds every bit as good. I’ve been using it on vocals–Kele Le Roc was in here the other day, and she sounded great through it–and I use it when I want to send audio out of the computer to use some of my nice analog kit, like my Manley compressor or Massenburg EQs, without losing any audio quality. But it’s more than just an interface–I’ve been using the built-in Overkillers in the Orpheus to really fatten synth sounds lately, compressing them hard almost as an effect.
“What I needed was a less expensive ADA-8XR with all the features and the same quality, so that I could have two to make up 16 channels of simultaneous A-to-D and D-A, and Orpheus is exactly what I wanted.”