Los Angeles – American record producer, engineer and mixer Ulrich Wild – known for his work with Deftones, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit amongst many others – added an ASP880 to his private LA studio, The Wilderness last year, a purchase which has meant Audient’s mic pres have been part of his recording chain for just about everything he’s done over the last 12 months.
In a recent interview, Audient asked Ulrich how the addition of the 8-channel mic preamplifier had been helpful. “The ASP880 is a great piece of gear. I needed to expand quickly and add a number of high quality mic-pre’s. I wanted to stay away from tubes and keep things punchy, and the ASP880 fit the bill,” he explained.
“I’ve been tracking drums, bass, guitars and vocals through the ASP880 alongside my APIs and Focusrites, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. There are many mic-pres out there, but the ASP880 packs a lot into a small space and gets you a lot of bang for your buck,” says Ulrich, who despite his tender age has enjoyed a successful career spanning nearly three decades.
It was six years ago that he decided to build a small tracking room at his house, after he grew out of the mixing rig in his built-out A-frame. “It was supposed to be a lounge/overdubbing room, but I started tracking drums here as soon as it was finished. Oddly, despite its small size, the room sounds great,” he explains. “I spent a lot of money on construction – concrete is really expensive! – and it has been taking some time to populate the racks,” he laments, and yet his gradual accumulation of gear over the years now means he’s in a position to be able to track a live band comfortably. “I’m not really into spending buckets of cash on esoteric gear, and I never judge anything by its price-tag. There are some amazing units available with great price/performance ratios – the ASP880 being one of them.”
A self-confessed ‘metal head’ he continues to work in the heavier genre whilst continuing to be very much in demand. “I just finished Brendon Small’s Galaktikon II. Before that I mixed Beasto Blanco, and produced Death Valley High and Chrysalis. I’m currently working on a very esoteric project called Precious Child.”