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ASP4816: “The Talk of the Department” at University of York

ASP4816: “The Talk of the Department” at University of York

UK – At the heart of the University of York’s newly refurbished Richard Orton studio sits a brand new Audient ASP4816 mixing console. Specified by Music & Sound Recording BA programme leader, Dr Liam Maloney, the arrival of the desk heralds a new era for the University. “We have a range of different studio spaces in the department, but we’ve never had a high quality in-line console before.

“Working with in-line architecture is a skillset not many institutions offer, so we’re really thrilled to have a console that allows our students to get to grips with the flexibility and intricacies of this different way of working,” says Liam, an audio engineer who produces house and disco music when he’s not teaching at York University.

Running all industry standard DAWs, a Dante system, Genelec SAM and Adams monitors, the new studio is filled with classic 80s' synthesisers including DX7 and Casio CZ3000 and modern drum machines. It went operational just a few weeks ago and according to Liam: “It’s the talk of the department!”

He continues: “Staff are loving having the desk as a point of difference from the other consoles we have in the department. It’s really exciting to be working in a purely analogue domain with a really robust, tactile console with great build quality. It’s fantastic for demonstrating on, too.”

What about the students who are new to this kind of console? “The jump to in-line is initially a bit baffling,” concedes Liam. “However, within 15 minutes of demonstration and work, they have found their feet and understand the routing, short and long fader arrangement and are confidence monitoring. Whilst it might seem a bit unusual to begin with, students quickly grasp the workflow and love it.” He adds: “There have been lots of compliments about the EQ circuits too!”

As an alumnus of LIPA, Liam himself trained on Audient’s classic ASP8024 so he was doubly sure that the compact, in-line mixing desk from the British company was the way to go for the newest studio. He cites his affinity with Audient products as the main reason he purchased Audient Nero, studio monitor controller for his personal use. “I’ve got to say that Nero is fantastic,” he says.

Today, all recording course students of the University of York’s music department get access to every studio and all equipment from the second week of teaching. “We don’t hold back certain equipment for certain cohorts. We think all students should be able to learn, experiment, stretch and challenge themselves.”

There are further upgrades due for the University’s music department, too. “We’re planning to set up a dual tracking system in the future so we can track to our DAWs and to our Otari 2” tape machines. We’re also in the middle of extending our Dante network even further, which will allow us to use the console for remote tracking from our concert hall and our decca tree, as well as from other performance spaces.”

14th December 2021

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