Cambridge, UK (March 8, 2012)—UK mix engineer Peregrine Andrews, a longtime SADiE user, has added a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire interface to his equipment list.
With a radio and TV background, mixing work for clients such as the BBC, Mentorn, Wall to Wall and Falling Tree Productions, Andrews operates mainly from his own private studio, Moving Air, which is based in west London. The Orpheus was acquired to help tackle recording, digital-to-analogue conversion and monitoring with 5.1 capabilities.
“I spend about half my time mixing, and occasionally producing, radio [documentaries and drama], and the other half mixing TV [documentaries and comedy]…and the odd film,” he says.
“Recently, on the new series of the BBC sitcom Twenty Twelve, I used the Orpheus to record David Tennant’s voiceover. I also used it for all the ADR on the new BBC Dickens-style comedy, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff. As a straight wire device, I don’t really expect the Orpheus to have a ‘sound,’ but the voice recordings I’ve done where I’ve plugged the mic straight in have sounded excellent with very little EQ added in the mix.”
The Moving Air studio is equipped with SADiE, Nuendo, PMC monitoring and a Smart AV Tango control surface. His reason for buying the unit was to access a high grade DA/AD converter and monitoring controller so that he could replace the old Yamaha O1V desk that had previously been performing that function.
“I mix in the box so I don’t need any kind of console in the room,” he says. “The Orpheus is three things in one box–preamp, AD/DA and monitoring controller. Prism Sound loaned me a unit and it worked well, sounded good and looked great, so I decided to buy it.
“I like its precise volume control of multiple outputs and its ability to derive an independent headphone mix. It’s a single box solution and removes any requirement for a separate soundcard, preamp/mixer, volume control, etc.”