Frankfurt, Germany (April 4, 2016)—At Musikmesse this week, Audient will bolster its flagship ASP8024 console with the launch of its ASP8024: Heritage Edition, which it declares is “the definitive version” of the console design.
The Heritage Edition comes with a new look as well as new features, such as a variable mix bus technology, Retro Iron. Technical director Tom Waterman explains, “By utilizing an all-discrete and warm sounding output amplifier with Carnhill output transformers, Retro Iron adds punch and ‘vibe’ to the consoles’ mix output. We based this design on two custom consoles from David’s first job in 1970 at the now legendary Advision Studios in London. The circuits used are a homage to the finest in late 60’s American & British console technology, but remain unique to the ASP8024-HE.”
When engaged, the Retro Iron output card reportedly provides subtle low bump and high lift Mix EQs that can be switched individually. The main mix bus has also been upgraded with John Hardy Co. 990C discrete amplifiers as standard.
The VCA mix bus compressor is said to have a smoother make-up gain circuitry, and includes a gain reduction meter and a high pass filter in the compressor’s sidechain: Bass Expand.
Audient has added a headphone amplifier; latching footswitch triggers for remote hands-free talkback; ALPS Blue Velvet main monitor pot with custom aluminium knob; an improved FaderLink plug-in (now 64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatible) controlling 8 channels of patchable DAW integrated VCA automation for the Dual Layer Control (DLC) module and an improved, power supply.