LA Philharmonic Records String Ensemble Library with Audient Mic Pres

LA Philharmonic Records String Ensemble Library with Audient Mic Pres

UNITED STATES – Markus Burger, music technology coordinator at Fullerton College, recently oversaw the recording of a string ensemble library album by LA Philharmonic with composer/producer Yuval Schrem, using a rig- portable recording form featuring 32 channels of Audient mic preamps. Comprised of two ASP880 and two eight-channel ASP800 units plus an interface, this platform is used for a range of applications. This particular recording is currently being mixed and should be released at the end of the year.

“We took a mix of Audient and Neve preamps with us this time around, so we had a variety of recordings to choose from,” says Markus, confirming that the recording went off without a hitch. “Audient mic preamps are bulletproof. We’ve never had a problem with them in all the years we’ve had them.

A consistent Audient champion, Markus was instrumental in selecting the ASP8024 large-format mixing console for Fullerton College in 2016 and is looking to add two more Audient mic pre-units and expand the department in the coming months. “The plan is to expand our course offering to include PA and live recordings,” he explains, adding hopefully, “We would also like to have a smaller Audient console.” However, he takes nothing for granted. “Universities like Fullerton have no money to throw away. We have to think in terms of investing in a kit that lasts ten years or more. In terms of longevity and cost effectiveness, you’d be hard pressed to top Audient.

Markus swears by the British brand. He describes the mic preamps: “They sound great for jazz, classical and pop music and offer great value for money. They’re clean, transparent, and breathe without forcing too much color on any given recorded sound, while retaining that true analog warmth.

He certainly knows what he’s talking about. A Grammy-nominated studio engineer, composer and pianist himself, his own personal tech collection includes an ASP880 and iD4 audio interface. Indeed, his latest album, The Vienna Sessions, released in February this year, was recorded at the Boesendorfer piano showroom using a mix of Microtech Gefell and DPA microphones and Audient mic preamps. “Whenever we travel, we always take an Audient eight-channel mic preamp with us,” he says. “I think Audient is everything a traveling musician needs.”

He would take it to next gigs in Italy, Hamburg and Berlin, then use it again later in the year to record another ambient piano album. “A lot of college courses focus on ‘dead’ music, but I like proving that live recordings are very current.”

June 28, 2022

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