Acclaimed Indian film composer and artist Harris Jayaraj has installed a second Prism Sound ADA-8XR multichannel converter in Studio H, the two-studio complex he owns in Channai, Tamil Nadu.
Jayaraj was already using Prism Sound conversion for recording but decided to add an ADA-8XR with an AES card to his mix chain when he upgraded to ProTools HDX. His new converter was supplied by Darshan Kwatra, head Indian pro audio distributor K K Internationals.
“Alongside the upgrade to ProTools HDX, I also added a lot of analogue equalisers and compressors to my studio so I went for another ADA-8XR converter to enhance the number of inputs and outputs (16AD and 16DA),” he explains. “I am now using Prism Sound conversion for mixing as well as recording – they have literally replaced the Avid converters on my ProTools system.”
The son of noted film musician and composer S. M. Jayakumar, Harris Jayaraj began his musical career as a guitarist before developing an interest in keyboards and synthesisers. Initially he worked as a programmer for more than 25 musical directors and composers including A. R. Rahman, Raj-Koti and Karthik Raja, but in 2000 he began composing his own music for various television commercials. His first venture into film came in 2001 when he composed the score for Gauthan Menon’s Minnale, a project that earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.
Since then, Jayaraj has completed many other film projects and won numerous awards for his work. His soundtrack albums have been enormously successful, with one track – Sutum Vizhi from the A. R Murugadoss film Ghaijini – exceeding 20 million downloads. Alongside his film work, Jayaraj has also toured as a musician with Harris on the Edge, in which he was accompanied by international musicians and dancers and a troupe of Tamil playback singers.
“I create music across all genres – from Dance, RnB and Rock through to Indian Classical,” he explains. “Indian movies are a mixture of various emotions, so the songs have to emote those emotions.”
Much of Jayaraj’s recording and mixing takes place at Studio H, an impressive facility with two control rooms connected to a large orchestral scoring hall and four isolation booths. Studio A is equipped with a Euphonix Fusion 5 desk with 32 faders, Quested 412d speakers in a 7.1 system and ATC 45Pro mid field monitors. Studio B has new Avid S3 and Dock systems, Quested 212d Speakers and ATC 20 Pro monitors in a 10.1 Auro 3D setup.
The Prism Sound ADA-8XR converters form a key part of Jayaraj’s audio chain and give him the sound quality he is looking for.
“I have used lot of other converters over the last 20 years but I like the ADA-8XRs for their transparency and soft bottom,” he says. “With Prism Sound, there is much less distortion than other converters and they make my music sound even better. I use them on most recordings, from solo instruments to orchestral music. My first Prism converter, which I bought by 2007, still work without any complaint, which is awesome!”
Jayaraj is currently working on three new films, two in Tamil and one in Telugu. All three are major movies and are expected to do very well.
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