TORONTO, CANADA–NOVEMBER 2011: Since breaking into the music scene in 2002, Juno Award-winning composer/producer Ian Nieman has created an array of hits and remixes for the likes of Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly Furtado and Jason Derulo - all with the help of his API equipment. Now the owner of a new API 1608 console, Nieman plans to continue making even more Billboard-worthy tracks at his Canadian studio.
"I have always been a fan of API products and of their punchy sound," said Nieman, "which lends itself well to the electronic-based music that I do. I have owned 550As, 560s, 525s, 205Ls, 225Ls and, of course, my 7800/8200 summing mixer. When I was in the market for a new console I naturally had to see what was available at API. After doing a lot of research online and consulting with Mike Nehra at Vintage King, I found the 1608 to be the obvious winner."
Nieman offers both music production and artist development through his company, Nieman Music, which he officially created in 2004. After gaining popularity from working on several high-profile projects, including the award-winning theme song and music for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Nieman built a commercial studio in 2010.
"For years I was working with a Pro Tools HD setup with an API 7800/8200," he said. "It sounded great, but I felt that I needed a large, centerpiece console to make my workflow easier. The fact that I could drop in the existing API 500 series modules I already owned was awesome. I also wanted my console to have 32 channels, so being able to add the expander was great, too."
After acquiring his 1608, Nieman's first project was to remix a Blush track featuring Snoop Dogg called "Undivided," which recently peaked at number three on the Billboard Club Chart. He said that during the process he immediately noticed the console's "open sound."
"I heard a dimension and depth that I hadn't quite been getting before I had the desk," Nieman said. "It is amazing to say the least what the 1608 is adding to my final product."
ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.