Greenback, TN (May 16, 2017)—Television music composer Josh Molen has been using his Audient iD22 USB audio interface and ASP880 8-channel mic preamp to refresh his composing technique.
"I had to start thinking about how to set myself apart," he says, having noticed that the same loops from popular virtual instruments and libraries were appearing in many shows and commercials. Molen is working on Investigation Discovery (I.D.) network's Murder Chose Me and Murder Calls. "I thought if I set up a mic and recorded myself playing a real instrument, no one else would have that sound," he explains.
"The Audient iD22 and ASP880 are a huge help because I'm no longer trying to figure out how to record four things when I've only got a couple of good preamps," he says. After moving his setup from his dad's well-stocked Mojo music studio to a writing/composing room at home, acquiring good mic pres was top priority. "Once I got the Audient gear, it was just perfect. I don't know how I survived before having the function controls on the iD22. They make switching to alt monitors and checking mono super easy."
Molen continues, "The iD22 is the hub for all audio. At any given time, I have a few synths hooked up as well as a couple of mics. I have a guitar cab ISO booth in another room. I'll often run a ribbon mic from there into an external preamp—usually a Daking—and then into the ASP880's converters. I'm either using the pre's on the ASP880 or using the ASP880's converters and an external pre. I like to use the iD22 internal pre's as a kind of anything-goes, stereo pair on my desk.”
Most recently, he purchased an iD14. "I'm such a big fan of the iD22, but I didn't want to take it out of the studio every time I needed something for a small mobile rig."