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Music Production

Soundfrackery Finds Analog Mojo

A composer for popular video games, Steve Kilpatrick recently set himself up with a new studio centered around an AMS Neve 8816.

Burnley, UK (February 13, 2020)—Composer and producer Steve Kilpatrick, best known for his work on video game trailers and BBC Radio dramas, has installed an AMS Neve 8816 16-channel summing mixer at the heart of his new studio, Soundfrackery Productions, in Manchester, UK.

Kilpatrick says incorporating a hand-built and hand-wired Neve 8816 into Soundfrackery was a no-brainer from the moment he started planning it.

“I wanted a bit of kit with mojo, which is what attracted me to the unit in the first place,” he explains. “But what made the 8816 stand out amongst the other summing mixers was that it had monitor control and headphone monitoring covered, without my having to purchase further separate units.”

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Once he had the Neve 8816 in his set up, all Kilpatrick had to do was add a Neve 8804 fader pack that allows channel and main audio levels to be controlled by faders. Everything he records now passes through the units, which he says have become an essential part of his workflow.

“They give the tracks a little extra something,” he says. “I mix every project through the 8816 and 8804 in a hybrid style, to add some of that analog vibe. Sometimes the effect is subtle, and other times I push the unit as hard as it can take to get the tracks really bouncing. If you push really hard, things can get a little crunchy, in the nicest way possible.

“Finally, I’ll throw a G Series-style bus compressor and Pultec-style dual mono EQ in the insert, with just a touch of the 8816’s stereo widener. I love being able to pop these in and out for reference with the press of a button.”

Kilpatrick is known for his compositions for the Resident Evil 6 and Racoon City trailers, as well as the award-winning BBC Radio 4 dramas Amazing Grace and Cottonopolis, His music has been broadcast around the globe, including on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, MTV and VH-1.

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