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Music Production

Focusrite Delivers Workflow Changes to 23dB Productions

From recording live sound to podcasting, the company’s gear of choice has kept busy.

Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2019)—Fela Davis and Denis Orynbekov, co-owners of 23dB Productions, which was founded in 2014 and operates out of a facility in Ft. Lee, NJ, use an arsenal of Focusrite interfaces for music production, live sound recording and mixing, and podcast production in the studio and on location.

The pair’s Focusrite interfaces include an ISA Two microphone preamp; multiple Clarett 8Pre Thunderbolt audio interfaces; the Scarlett OctoPre eight-channel mic preamp; and a portable Scarlett 2i2 interface. “We’ve been using Focusrite gear now for a little over three years, and it’s changed how we work,” says Davis.

Auralation Keeps Flexible with Focusrite

“The Clarett interfaces are fantastic, both as mic pre’s and as converters,” says Orynbekov, who has recorded, mixed and mastered tracks for MTV’s Real World Explosion, PBS Roadtrip Nation and Best In Ink on Oxygen. “It lets us operate at 24/96 when we choose to, and we’re able to run two or three sets of monitors through it. It’s our main interface with the Logic software we use for recording and editing.”

In the past five years, 23dB Productions’ portfolio has also included live and studio work for Swiss Chris, Ron Carter, Jose Feliciano, Meshell Ndegeocello and Christian McBride and The Art of Music Tech, a video web series interviewing legendary engineers, producers, and musicians. 23dB Productions’ mobile recording services have been deployed at Live Nation NYC venues Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. Davis and Orynbekov are also handling archiving for the Jazz Museum’s Harlem Speaks oral history initiative.

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“We have access to the same great mic pres and converters in the studio and on location, which means we have consistently great-sounding results on every project,” says Davis. “Compared to what we had been using before, everything now is so much easier with Focusrite, because the sound is always right there; you don’t have to work to get it, so we’re more productive. Focusrite has been as good for our business as it has been for our sound.”

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