Grammy and Academy Award winner AR Rahman recently added a Studer Vista X digital console to the studio of his YM Movies film production firm in Chennai, India.
One of the world’s most respected composers, singer/songwriters, musicians and music producers, Rahman is best known for his scores and soundtracks in countless feature films, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Jodhaa Akbar, and has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.
Rahman will be using the Vista X to mix audio for the extensive variety of YM Movies projects, as well as Rahman’s other works, including his own solo albums and numerous humanitarian projects.
“The console’s massive number of channels and outputs will speed up laying stems, for big scores in particular,” Rahman said. “I first saw the Vista 5 at the Harman store in New York City and I loved the controls. I soon learned about the Vista X and had to have it. It has a very user-friendly vibe and processing redundancy.”
In addition, Rahman’s previous experience with other Harman audio equipment provided reassurance that the Vista X would not disappoint. “When I started my Panchathan Record Inn studios, the only speakers I had were JBL Control 5 and 4412,” he revealed. “I am also a big fan of Lexicon reverbs as well.”
Vista X features an intuitive user interface – retaining the patented Vistonics and FaderGlow technology – providing control of 800 or more audio DSP channels and over 5,000 inputs and outputs.
At the heart of the console is the Infinity DSP core, which utilises CPU-based processors to provide high numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. According to Studer, this is the first time that more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a single CPU-based board.
“I’m using the Vista X as a full-fledged post-production console,” Rahman concluded. “Geoff Foster from AIR Studios is here mixing over 600 tracks of Pro Tools on it right now.”