Union of the Snake and Orpheus

UK-based FOH engineer and post production mixer Snake Newton recently set up a facility at home with surround capability and a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire multitrack audio interface.
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Cambridge, UK (July 25, 2012)—UK-based FOH engineer and post production mixer Snake Newton recently set up a facility at home with surround capability and a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire multitrack audio interface.

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"I was working at Sphere Studios in London on a mix for DVD for a Duran Duran/David Lynch collaboration," said Newton. "A friend of mine, Josh Blair, said, 'Hey, try my Prism Sound Orpheus. You will love it!' I was dubious, really, as I've heard many converters and there are many high-end units delivering exceptional sound, but the Orpheus simply blew me away. I was aghast at the thought of finishing the session after he took it back, so I got my credit card out 30 minutes after first plugging it in to buy myself one with next day delivery!

"It was, simply put, like having an acoustic veil lifted. Suddenly the mix had a coherence that I hadn't experienced before. The top end sounded crystal clear, way up in the 'fairy dust zone.' The transients suddenly came to life; the snare in particular suddenly took on new life. All at once I could hear a level of detail in spatial placement, front to back and left to right, that I couldn't before. What you can't hear you can't work on, and the Orpheus was revealing detail that needed uncovering and working on. Basically it raised my game."

Newton, who has worked at FOH with Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Pet Shop Boys, Supertramp, Sugababes and many others, used his Orpheus to mix both the David Lynch-directed Duran Duran project-filmed last year and not yet commercially available-and the group's recent Diamond in the Mind DVD/CD release for Eagle Rock Productions. Newton's plans in the future include perhaps expanding the Orpheus' role into the live side of his work.

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