Audient Survives Arts Centre

An Audient ASP8024 at a county council-run studio in England has withstood the test of time and thousands of teens.
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Mansfield, Notts., UK (May 30, 2012)—An Audient ASP8024 at a county council-run studio in England has withstood the test of time and thousands of teens.

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The ASP8024 has been the mixing console of choice in the recording studio at Nottinghamshire County Council's The Old Library Arts Centre for over six years, which last year alone saw over 2,000 young people pass through its doors.

"There are also the commercial bookings on top of that," said technical manager Jonathon Spittlehouse, who originally specified the 36-channel desk in 2006 when the studio moved to its present location and was brought fully under local authority control. As part of the broader Arts' Centre, Jonathon and his colleagues are tasked with engaging 13 to 19-year-olds in projects of a variety of disciplines, which means the studio—and therefore the desk—is can be put through its paces.

"The desk is bulletproof. We've been running it full-on for six years and never had a problem. We've worn the decal on the talkback button off, but that's it," said Spittlehouse.

"We've always had a large-format console, so the ASP8024 dropped right into our workflow. It's a pleasure to mix on, so it encourages you to mix 'out of the box,'" he says. "It's really intuitive to use, so that really helps when you're delivering workshops to people who are new to the studio environment. The layout is very clear and there's lots of space; it's not cluttered and awkward like some consoles."

The purpose-built studio comprises control room, live room, dead room and isolation booth, and the equipment is based around an Avid Pro Tools|HD2 system using Apogee Rosetta 800 converters (16 channels) and Avid HD192 converters (8 in/16 out). Mastering is carried out using an Apogee Rosetta 200.

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