Hollywood record producer ‘amazed at fidelity’ of portable audio interface
United States – A few months ago, songwriter, producer and mixer Mike Pepe was looking for a studio monitor controller for his Studio C, which is part of Barefoot Recording (formerly Crystal Industries) and has gone procured an Audient Nero.
Mike has a long list of rock / pop audio engineering credits including Taking Back Sunday, As It Is, and Sydney Sprague, and has spent some time researching a desktop monitor controller with a decent feature set that doesn’t sacrifice not loyalty. Nero does the job perfectly. He describes him as “Mastering at what he does.” High quality audio with all the options I want in a sturdy little box that can sit right in the studio and not be in the way. I love the assignable headphone sends and all the routing options it has. It’s also a completely transparent box that feeds my monitor setup, that’s all I want!
While Nero was his main requirement, Mike also mentioned that he was looking for a fast and easy, travel-friendly audio interface. Specifically for his mobile platform, when doing production or recording work away from his main setup at Barefoot. Tim Jones from Audient was quick to recommend the EVO 8 audio interface. It turned out to be an instant hit! âIt was just great,â he says.
âIt’s very typical, because when I’m doing pre-production with a band I’m going to do a record for, we get together in their rehearsal space or some other place to start defining the songs and finishing all of them. any rewrites we might want. My EVO 8 and laptop with Pro Tools go with me and I can capture the performance of any changes or pre-pro I need in space with them. I bring the pre-pro back to my larger studio and am amazed at the fidelity the EVO 8 achieves every time.
âAfter passing some of the raw signal through some prime external equipment in my studio, there is a voice or guitar, etc. several times. that I cut in place with a band will be almost indistinguishable from if I had cut it here in my larger studio, “he explains. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for some of these location recordings to do part of the final recording. “I have also on several occasions kept some elements of the pre-production EVO 8 recordings and used them in the final productions and it sits so nicely next to everything that was cut in my biggest space. “
Great praise from this producer with golden ears. Yet it’s not just the sound that makes the EVO 8 so appealing to Mike. âI also like its ease of use and quick setup. I can start a Pro Tools session in no time, âhe says. “That way I can move on to the more important things, like talking with the band about the parts and songs, knowing I’m ready to grab an idea at any time!” “
Customers also seem to like the aesthetics of the 4-in / 4-out audio interface. “A lot of times the artist will think it’s a bluetooth speaker and they’re amazed when I plug in a cable and it turns on, starts Pro Tools, and we’re ready to record.”
Fortunately, EVO 8 has also been invaluable to his recently launched YouTube channel, a project he works on in his spare time for fun. Diving deep into aspects of recording, production and mixing and drawing on his 15 years of experience, he uses his channel to connect with people who have asked him about his process. “It’s a pretty in-depth nerd talk,” he says, adding that EVO 8 is “by far the best interface I’ve used to make the videos.”
In the meantime, Mike is unlikely to be far from his trusty EVO 8. âI also use it at home when I want to tune the vocals or edit the drums and I feel like doing it in my living room instead. than going to my main studio. It is the first mobile interface that I feel comfortable using at home to edit important pieces of productions.