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Royal Northern College of Music deploys Prism Sound converters to update studio

The conservatoire has now deployed nine Prism Sound ADA-8RX multichannel converters across four recording studios

The Royal Northern College of Music has invested in three more Prism Sound ADA-8XR multichannel audio converters, bringing its total stock to nine.

Based in Manchester, RNCM recently added to its audio facilities by transforming a former Studio Theatre into a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording area where students, especially those on its four-year BMus Degree in Popular Music, can comfortably create and capture amplified and electronic music.

Built at a cost of £850,000, the new studio has a control room equipped with a Pro Tools HDX system, Neve and API preamps and a large selection of outboard equipment. The new Prism Sound ADA-8XR converters have been supplied with Pro Tools HD I/O modules, which provide eight channels of digital audio input and output in a form that is compatible with AVID Pro Tools|HD workstations. Prism Sound have agreed with RNCM to maintain and upgrade the converters to the latest specifications as the products evolve in future.

David Coyle, recording engineer at RNCM, says: “We have Prism Sound ADA-8XR converters in our two other recording studios and have always been happy with their sound quality and reliability. It therefore made sense to add three more units with Pro Tools interfaces when we opened our new studio earlier this year. People are always very impressed when they see the Prism Sound brand in our studios because they know it represents audio quality. Also by standardising on ADA-8XR converters, we have the flexibility to move them around if a project in one studio requires more inputs.”

Although the RNCM doesn’t run sound engineering degree courses, it does offer some music production modules that give students access to the equipment in its recording studios.

“Primarily our studios are used to record music performed by students and we have engineering staff on hand to do that,” David Coyle explains. “The college has its own record label – Northern Quarter – which was set up a year ago to release some of this music. To date we have recorded EPs for five student acts (bands and solo projects) and these have been released digitally on iTunes. The new studio is now an integral part of this process.”

Coyle adds that the character of the studio comes from the extensive range of outboard equipment on offer, which includes Maselec preamps, EQs and compressors.

“I don’t believe that converters should in any way change the sound being recorded and that’s what I like about the Prism Sound ADA-8XR units,” he says. “They are very accurate and clean and don’t alter the sound at all.”