New York, NY (September 20, 2011)—Mark Plati, known for his association with David Bowie, has installed a Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console at his private studio, Alice's Restaurant.
Producer, mixer and musician Plati has installed a 16-channel 5088 discrete analog mixing console outfitted with 10 Portico 5032 mic pre/EQ, a 5042 tape emulator and two 5042 dual compressor/limiter modules, plus Tonelux ShadowMix fader automation, at his private studio in New York City's East Village. Plati upgraded to the 5088 desk in response to shrinking record label budgets and the resulting increase in do-it-yourself productions. A passive summing box had served him well, says Plati, "But I knew that, for me, I needed a console if I was going to mix at the standard I wanted to meet."
Price and size considerations meant that it was impractical to consider a large-format vintage console. "In late 2009, I got a chance to work on a 5088 that was set up at the Magic Shop in Manhattan, and I pretty much knew right away that was going to be it for me," he recalls. "It was all there for me--warmth yet punch, and a depth I'd not felt in the other desks I'd auditioned. It was loaded with 5032 Portico modules; I was really taken with how flexible they were and how great and musical they sounded."
The console has changed the way that Plati works. "I used to have to work so hard to get a mix to sound half as good as it does with me just putting it through the 5088 without doing a thing to it," he reports. "I can really hit the output of Pro Tools a lot beefier than I used to, simply because the 5088 modules can take that kind of input. And I can really hit the 5088's mix bus—it takes it, and it likes it! What this all means for me in practical terms is that I can now focus more energy on being creative."
Rupert Neve Designs, Inc.