East Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K. (October 15, 2015)—Studio Humbug owners Jim and Rob Homes have taken delivery of a 24-channel ASP8024 analogue mixing console—after previously selling a larger version.
The console joins a growing collection of vintage mic pres. “The pres we have are from 1961 and very colored; this is a wonderful characteristic—but not on everything,” says Jim. “The ASP8024 has allowed us to integrate the sound of the pres whilst using the headroom, EQ and reliability of the Audient. The two worlds marry together perfectly.”
Jim and Rob previously owned a much bigger ASP8024 that they sold, due to “moving about a lot,” says Jim. “Normally things that leave our studio never come back. The Audient is the first time. After a while, we realized that it solved a lot of the problems we had. We also re-listened to some of the mixes we did on the Audient and they sounded great.”
The return of the Audient—albeit in a smaller form—seems to have worked out just right. “It’s perfect for us. The ASP8024 is a fantastic central hub for our studio,” continues Jim. “The built-in routing makes selecting signals easy and also encourages us to make decisions to tape. It also allows us to work quickly. Its high fidelity lets us make better decisions at the tracking stage and hear more of the mics we are using.”