Cambridge, UK (November 16, 2011)—When mastering engineer Mandy Parnell was called to Iceland to master Bjork's new album, she took along her Prism Sound rig.
Parnell, who has been nominated for numerous Grammy and Tech awards, was drafted onto the project in September when Bjork decided she wasn't happy with the mastering she'd had done in New York. "I initially got a call in London asking if I could re-cut the vinyl," Parnell says. "Then I got another call asking if I could re-do the entire CD, then another call asking if I could fly out to Reykjavik in Iceland for a playback with Bjork and possibly master out there. She wanted me to master the album out there so we had access to the mixes and other rooms if we needed to. She was also in preparation for her live shows, and my being out in Reykjavik meant she could still do that."
Parnell put together a "box of tricks" that included her Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire computer interface and the latest SADiE 6 software. She took this with her and set everything up in a Pro Tools-equipped studio belonging to mix engineer Addi 800, who loaned his studio ÷&÷, part of a facility called E7, for a few days.
Parnell says, "I'm a massive fan of Prism Sound conversion—their converters are an integral part of my sound—and everything I do goes through them. I also took a Monster Controller to feed into Addi 800's Barefoot MM27, using my Orpheus as my conversion back into SADiE 6 software, which was also used for editing. The whole process worked really well. This set-up is one that I have put together with the help of the Prism Sound team, who have always been really great whenever I've needed their assistance."
Bjork's Biophilia album was released in October.