Prism Sound has struck the right note with Award winning producer, artist and songwriter Iain Archer who recently added the company’s Lyra 2 audio interface to his recording set-up.
Archer, who has won two Ivor Novello Awards – for songwriting on Snow Patrol’s Final Straw album and James Bay’s Hold Back The River – spends a lot of time travelling around the world and wants the ability to write wherever he is. The Lyra II fits perfectly into his mobile recording set up because it allows him to record superior audio anywhere.
“The Lyra 2 is a massive benefit here because I know I’m getting the highest quality results within a mobile package,” he explains. “When I come back to my studios in London and Brighton to produce the track, I know the audio I have in the tank is production quality. It’s not unusual that I’ll build tracks and they’ll end up being mixed by a world class mix engineer, and ultimately played on the radio, so it’s all about knowing that wherever I am, the audio is of a standard that meets these very high demands.”
Originally from Northern Ireland, Iain Archer now lives in Brighton where he has his main production studio, which houses a Pro Tools HDX rig, a selection of ‘great’ preamps, vintage mics and ‘a bunch of inspiring instruments’.
“I also have a studio in the bell tower of an old 18th Century church in London,” he says, “and it’s a beautiful room to sing and write in. I keep a high quality but scaled down setup there, which includes the Lyra. It’s more contained but perfect for my needs when I first write a track, where I’m putting down one instrument and a vocal, then building later.”
Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. It incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.
Alongside his Ivor Novello Awards, Archer was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Hold Back The River and nominated for an Ivor Novello for Two Fingers, which he wrote with Jake Bugg.