Paul Deeley, co-owner and director of The Soundhouse Studios, sitting at the Audient ACS8024
The Soundhouse recording studio in London has installed a 12-channel ACS8024 console, its fourth Audient console, in its most recently upgraded studio. Over 21 years of operation, The Soundhouse, which comprises six studios, has periodically expanded and upgraded to accommodate its changing business, which today largely involves radio drama, voice-overs, TV dubbing, ADR and audio book recording.
The facility's prominent clients include the BBC, Channel 4 and Playhouse Disney, as well as actors such as Timothy Spall, Jonny Vegas and Ewan McGregor.
“The sonic clarity and very low noise levels of the Audient ASP8024 desks immediately impressed [clients],” says co-owner and director Phil Horne, describing the studio's first two consoles. “The mic pre’s are really quiet and have a greater presence and clarity than we were used to with our previous consoles. The EQ is just great too—you can really hear the EQ if you know what I mean!”
“When we expanded the business and built Studio 6, the natural thing to do was fit an ACS8024,” Horne continues.
Audient’s ACS8024 expands on the sonic clarity and full-featured control of the ASP8024 console, integrating the workstation control into one of console bays. “The ACS also is just as well laid out, also with a solid, professional appearance," Horne adds. "The 12-channel ACS in our smaller Studio 2 completes the set.”
The Soundhouse studios bought all four Audient consoles from UK console dealer Stirling Trading UK, now trading as SCV London.
“When we installed our first Audient, one of our regular radio drama producers commented during his first session with the desk: ‘Have you got a new mic or something, ‘cos it sounds great in here!’ ” Horne laughs.