A recording engineer and producer in South Korea has said that mixing a jazz album on an Audient analogue console has inspired him to mix for vinyl and invest in both analogue and digital equipment.
Working from his Audioguy studio in Seoul, Jung-Hoon Choi said that mixing jazz artist Bu-young Lee’s award-winning album on an ASP8024 was “one of my greatest experiences using an analogue console.”
More recently, Choi has been focusing on making vinyl records in his studio. He said: “It’s really interesting; the difference in sound between analogue console and DAW recordings is remarkable throughout the vinyl process.”
Continuing to compare analogue to digital, he said: “I can get a wider range of stereo and depth when mixing and mastering in the analogue domain. The Audient ASP8024 gives me a really clean sound. Regarding the reverb, the overall sound is significantly different between using outboard reverb in DAWs and in the analogue console through AUX Send/Return.”
Established in 2000, Audioguy originally started out as a location recording studio. “Recording in different places and with different artists is still one of the most enjoyable things I do,” he said. Evolving over the years, Choi introduced both digital and analogue recording consoles to the studio in 2008, so he could choose to work in either domain - or both - for each record, with a view to producing his best possible work every time.
“We’ve managed to produce over one hundred titles; recording, mixing, mastering and producing everything ourselves. It’s true that it’s exciting to get offers from various people, but the most valuable thing for me is to produce an album while expressing Audioguy’s unique sound characteristics.”
Situated in one of the mixing rooms in his Seoul-based studio, the British console has been in use for three years. “I had been considering a mixing console for a long time,” added Choi.
“Then along came Audient ASP8024, which has this amazing mix bus sound quality and proved to be very practical throughout the whole process of recording through to mastering.
“Some would say that a recording engineer is an old-fashioned job that will disappear in the near future. The recording engineer is a person who spends their lifetime with music, someone who is able to catch a vanishing sound as a record. After 23 years of being a recording engineer and producer, I still enjoy every moment.”