Nixon Mixes with Orpheus

Recording and mix engineer Edward J. "UK" Nixon has been using a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire interface on a number of projects.
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Cambridge, UK (February 13, 2012)—Recording and mix engineer Edward J. "UK" Nixon has been using a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire interface on a number of projects.

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Nixon, of the Grammy Award-winning U.S. production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, carried out the projects—mixes for Dare To Dream and the Mobb Deep single, "Street Lights"—at both Metropolis Studios in London and a private facility. The Orpheus allowed him to record both the vocal performance and the character of a vintage Neumann U47 microphone it was sung through, he says.

"A further increase in perceived depth, width and height were obtained during the mix process thanks to the Orpheus converters, resulting in mixes that we were all very happy with," Nixon says. "Simply put, the ADC and DAC enabled me to see and hear the bigger picture, which perfectly marries to my approach. Using Orpheus, I can create and capture an exact image, and place elements within that image with pinpoint accuracy."

Nixon's decision to try out the Orpheus was initially inspired by fellow engineer James Towler, Steve Winwood's front of house, studio and tour manager.

"James uses Prism Sound ADA-8X multichannel converters and had expressed his opinion and recommendation, in particular to the quality of the converters," Nixon explains. "After Avid released Pro Tools 10 last year with increased PDC, I decided to look at making the transition from Logic Pro Audio for mixing duties as I had, for the majority of the time up to that point, been tracking in Pro Tools and mixing in Logic Pro Audio 9. The Orpheus has integrated seamlessly into my set-up. The microphone preamplifiers are perfect for tracking vocals or instrumentation, both in a studio environment and on location in a hotel room—something I have done on many occasions with great results."

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