Artspace Studio has recently invested in a Prism Sound Titan USB multi-track audio interface for its Brixton-based boutique recording facility.
“Titan was recommended to me by quite a few people, including mastering engineer Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios and Kirk DeGiorgio (aka As One),” explains mixing and mastering engineer/producer Tom Gillieron. “We thought we'd test one out, and we were amazed! I do a lot of mixdown work for people and they send me tracks that they've mixed down 'in the box' in Pro Tools, Ableton, or Logic. When I compare the mixes I have done through the Titan and then summed on the SSL Matrix, the clarity in the high end is amazing and the stereo image is far clearer and more impressive.”
“We have used the pre amps a lot because they are great, and we have also used it to clock from our Digidesign 192s,” studio owner Olsi Rama says. “We have an eight-track 3M tape machine at the studio and sometimes we like to record drums onto that. With the Titan's fantastic conversion we can get back into the computer really easily without losing the warm analogue sound.”
Gillieron adds: “I have mixed down some tracks that I started elsewhere, on different speakers and on headphones and so on. The Prism Sound unit gave all the projects a bit of a boost – to my ears – which was exciting but also made me listen to them more carefully and mistakes became more obvious.
“I have mastered a few tracks using the Titan and I find it's easier for me to pinpoint unnecessary resonance than it was with what we were using before. And I've been using the same speakers and amp for about 18 years."