Yves "Duke" Baudhuin, owner of Etages Ion in Brussels, which now features the first Daking console in Europe
Etages Ion in Brussels, Belgium has become the first recording studio in Europe to install Geoffrey Daking's 1112 Custom console. Supplied by Raf Lenssens of Joystick Audio, Daking's distributor for the Benelux countries, the 32-channel analog console was chosen for its ease-of-use and for the improved sound quality that it brings to a digital recording environment, according to studio owner Yves "Duke" Baudhuin.
"What I was looking for was a console that sounded very good," he continues, ‘une console qui sonne,' as we say. So, I took the important step for the future of my studio and bought the Daking. I must say that the ease-of-use, the musical feel, and the personal approach of the Daking 1112 console allows me to concentrate on the main thing: the music."
Baudhuin, who records to a Soundscape hard disc system, likes to use both digital and analogue equipment to achieve the best results, as he explains. "I like to say that I am not against digital and I am not addicted to analogue. I am simply used to a certain way of working and a way to get the sound that I want." In the past, that has involved routing through high-end analogue mic preamps, equalizers and other signal processors before the recorder. But Baudhuin discovered that he was still not happy with the sound, and ended up patching signals from the computer once more through outboard analogue gear. "The result was much better and I got the sound I wanted much faster," he reports.
For more information on the Daking console, visit www.daking.com.