Cambridge, UK (May 16, 2008) San Francisco-based producer, recording engineer and film score editor Mark Willsher tried out Prism Sound's new eight-channel Orpheus Firewire recording interface recently. He never returned it.
Prism Sound's Frank Oglethorpe sent an Orpheus to Willsher's studio at the start of February. British-born Willsher, known for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and such blockbusters as The Aviator and King Kong, says, "I really liked the idea of just plugging the interface into my laptop and recording over Firewire, but I wasn't sure if it would be good enough sonically--none of the other Firewire interfaces I've tried or heard about have really been up to scratch."
Willsher continues, "The first thing I noticed was that it sounded really good. And then the other features began to win me over: its portability and ease of use, the stable clock and the decent mic preamps, which did really well in a test I set up with some Sanken CO-100K mics. I'm still discovering features I like--nicely thought-out touches. Loads of interfaces I've used have dual headphone outputs for monitoring, but I love the fact that I have independent level control over the two headphone outs on Orpheus. And the assignable master volume control is great--I can even use it as a high-quality 5.1 master level controller."
He concludes, "I'll be honest--I haven't unplugged the Orpheus or stopped using it since it arrived. I haven't even booted up the main tower-based Pyramix system in my studio, as the combination of Orpheus and Pyramix Native on my laptop has given me everything I need. In the end, when Frank started leaving messages for me to see what I thought of Orpheus and if they could have the demo unit back, I just rang him up and said, 'How much is it? 'Cause I'm not sending it back!'"